Satair has won its first customer for its integrated material services (IMS) programme by signing a long-term contract with Cathay Pacific for its fleet of 48 A350 aircraft.
The aircraft component specialist’s IMS offering works concurrently with parent group Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) aftermarket package, which the Hong Kong-based airline signed up for in May to cover its A350s.
Under the terms of the agreement announced at Farnborough on Wednesday (July 13), Copenhagen-based Satair will cover Cathay’s expendable material with services including planning, sourcing, purchasing, logistics and inventory management of approximately 15,000 component numbers.
The firm’s work with Cathay began in the run up to the delivery of its first A350, a -900 variant which entered its fleet at the end of May. Before the aircraft arrived, Satair provided expendable material for the carrier’s flight simulators, provided the stocking of its outstations and its central stock in Hong Kong
Cathay’s A350 order is comprised of 21 of the -900 variant and 26 of the -1000 version of the Airbus widebody.
Paul Lochab, chief commercial officer of Satair, said the firm has ramped up its IMS offering on a large scale to include all types of expendable parts to ensure cost-effective material management services to airlines.
“Airlines want to focus on their core business of flying people and outsource their non-core activities such as materials management to ensure total availability where and when they need it,” said Lochab.