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Airbus Opens First ALSC Facility in Chengdu, China

Our Bureau - : Jan 25, 2024 - : 12:20 am

The Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre (ALSC) has started its operations in Chengdu (China), offering solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of an aircraft. Certified by both the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), this center is designed to cover the full range of maintenance activities.

“I’m glad to see the Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre enter into service in Chengdu,” said Cristina Aguilar, Airbus SVP Customer Services. “It echoes our purpose to pioneer sustainable aerospace and shows our approach to environmental responsibility across the entire aircraft lifecycle. Our service center is a great example of Chinese-European cooperation in the development of the circular economy for the aviation industry.”

ALSC covers a surface area of 717,000 square meters and has a storage capacity of 125 aircraft. The site will progressively ramp up operations between now and 2025, directly employing up to 150 employees. The main buildings have obtained the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their construction, which is a first step to reducing the environmental impacts of operations at the site.

ALSC unites under one roof a joint venture between Airbus, Tarmac Aerosave, and the city of Chengdu, along with the Airbus company Satair. Tarmac Aerosave brings more than 15 years of experience in efficient aircraft storage, dismantling, and recycling to the project. Located in the same facility, Airbus company Satair will acquire aging aircraft and trade and distribute the used parts to complete the full scope of lifecycle services.

75 percent of the aircraft stored in the facility are expected to fly again after storage and upgrade by the joint venture. The remaining aircraft will be dismantled by Tarmac Aerosave to recover around 90 percent of the aircraft’s weight.

ALSC services range from aircraft parking and storage to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling, and recycling services for various aircraft types, as well as the controlled distribution of used parts from dismantling.

Photo: Airbus


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