Pattonair, a provider of supply chain services for MRO and airframe manufacturers, has grown its China business after agreeing a new contract to supply parts for TEXL on the GE90 engine.
Under the terms of the agreement with the Swire Group and GE Aviation joint venture, Pattonair will provide the components on a consignment stock basis with most of the parts stocked in its agile vending machine – the company’s mobile ‘warehouse in a box’ solution unveiled in 2017.
The work for TEXL will be carried out in Xiamen and will also be supported by its warehouse facility in Singapore over a period of approximately three years.
David Schaffar, managing director – Asia at Pattonair says the contract will initially focus on new parts to begin with. “We have been focusing on supplying new standard parts at the moment, but as this is a new customer and we have grown the relationship, it will be our focus to understand where Pattonair can help with used serviceable parts.”
The aftermarket for the GE90 engine, which powers the Boeing 777 aircraft, is forecast by Aviation Week data to be steady. A 3.3% annual growth rate is forecast between this year and 2028. Variants of the aircraft family are all operated by China's three largest carriers - Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
Schaffar says Pattonair is looking to work with more airlines and MROs in China, where it supports all engine MRO facilities along with Parker and Eaton sub-contractors and Safran Landing Gear.
The company is also supporting new-generation engines, and Schaffar says Pattonair is already support customers in the region for the LEAP and GTF models, with the LEAP repairs particularly growing fast in the region.