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Japan Airlines Signs up for Satair’s Materials Support

Supply chain agreement covers the airline’s Airbus A350 aircraft fleet.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has agreed a multi-year contract with Satair for its integrated material services (IMS) package covering expendable material for its new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft.

The agreement will commence from June 2019 when JAL is due to take delivery of its first A350. The airline committed to the A350s back in 2013, opting for 18 A350-900s and 13 of the -1000 variant with options for a further 25 aircraft.

According to Satair, a subsidiary of Airbus, the service will cover all airframe expendables for the aircraft and will be provided through an on-site stock to JAL. The service will also include planning, sourcing, purchasing, logistics and inventory management.

Speaking at a signing ceremony this week, Atsushi Maeda, executive procurement officer of Japan Airlines, said the IMS coverage will give the Tokyo-headquartered carrier the advantage of optimizing its maintenance costs.

Satair says the contract makes JAL its sixth IMS airline customer in the Asia-Pacific region. Other carriers signed up to the offering include Taiwan’s China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, which was the company's first A350 IMS customer.

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