15 June 2021
15. June 2021 Commercial Aircraft

Sichuan Airlines extends Airbus’ Flight Hour Service to cover its entire A350 fleet and becomes the fifth Chinese Skywise operator

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Chengdu / Toulouse, 15 June, 2021 - We are very happy to welcome Sichuan Airlines as the latest Chinese operator to join Airbus' Skywise family and we feel honoured that the airline renewed its confidence in our Flight Hour maintenance Service, extending it to encompass their remaining 10 A350 aircraft.

SHAO Chuan, General Manager of the Maintenance & Engineering department of Sichuan Airlines, and Régis BONIAU, VP Airbus Customer Services of Airbus China signed the FHS extension contract under the witness of CHEN Jianzhong, VP of Sichuan Airlines, and Klaus ROEWE, HO of Airbus Customer Services connecting online.

With a 100% Airbus fleet, Sichuan Airlines has always been a key strategic partner for Airbus, currently operating 4 A350 aircraft which have been covered by a previous FHS agreement along with their A330 fleet. This supplemental extension will bring Airbus' maintenance by the hour service to their remaining 10 A350 aircraft on order. The FHS contract provides a solid foundation for future collaboration and is in line with Sichuan Airlines’ strategic ambitions to increase their international routes as Airbus material and maintenance services are now available for approx. 300 parts.

“We are very pleased Sichuan has chosen to extend our FHS coverage to their entire A350 fleet. Leveraging our extensive global components logistics infrastructure and real-time spares inventory visibility, coupled with our engineering know-how, we look forward to working together to help achieve the highest reliability and on-time performance of Sichuan's fleet operations.”

Jean-Philippe Labbay | HO Material Services Marketing

Additionally, Sichuan Airlines has become the fifth Chinese operator to connect to Airbus’ open-data platform, Skywise, following a recent agreement. Sichuan will leverage Skywise to enhance all aspects of its maintenance and engineering operations on its Airbus fleet.

Skywise enables airlines to store, access, manage and analyse data more efficiently while also benchmarking against other airline users’ trends. The platform provides all technology elements in one place, including data warehousing, visualisation, alerting, and even machine-learning packages, allowing Sichuan and other airlines to develop and deploy their own analytical products.

Currently, more than 140 airlines around the world are connected to Skywise.

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