China Airlines (CAL) Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (???) said Friday that the airline could join hands with Airbus to set up an aircraft maintenance facility at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, tailored exclusively to the Airbus A350.
Receiving its first of 14 A350-900XWB aircraft that same day, CAL could further tap into the market of aircraft maintenance to become the first A350 maintenance station in Asia, Ho said.
CAL currently runs a similar company near the airport, Engineering and Maintenance Organization, which provides services including component, airframe and engine maintenance for several Airbus, Boeing and Embraer models. Services for the Airbus A350 are not available from this company.
Ho said CAL is expected to get a reply from Airbus by the end of this year, adding that the airline also wants to get Taiwan-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. involved in the deal, because the company is already part of the A350 assembly line.
Ho declined to comment on the capital estimated for the joint venture or the shareholding ratio for the three potential stakeholders.
Maintenance business for the A350 could be lucrative, Ho said.
While there are only six A350s in operation worldwide, there have been 780 orders placed for them and their upgraded model, the A350-1000.
Ho said his initiative has won support from Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???), who promised to find CAL a proper land lot for the facility.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel