VAS Aero Services has purchased a Boeing 777-200ER manufactured in 1997 for teardown to support a growing demand for used serviceable components.
The parts supplier did not disclose the purchase price, but said the widebody aircraft had logged 80,000 hours. Tarmac Aerosave in Spain will disassemble the widebody aircraft and recycle the remaining hull, which will take 30–45 days.
A VAS spokesperson said: “Some of the material is already pre-selected by strategic relationships to support [the] customer’s current demand and to replenish stock levels.” The company supplies parts to original equipment manufacturers (OEM), airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) providers. VAS said some of the most in-demand 777-200ER parts are auxiliary power units; avionics; emergency equipment; wheels; and brakes.
The aircraft’s seller, SKY Leasing, which most recently leased the aircraft to Malaysia Airlines, is keeping the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines.
Besides looking for other 777s, VAS said it is interested in acquiring other aircraft models for teardown. These include Airbus A320s, A330s, ATR 42/72-500s, Boeing 737NGs, Bombardier CRJ 700/900s, and Embraer 170/190s.