Cathay Pacific Airways and HK Express have signed contracts for Airbus’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to provide support for their A320 fleet.
This recent deal extends the service relationship with Cathay Pacific and welcomes HK Express as a new FHS customer.
The multiyear, maintenance-by-the-hour contracts will cover integrated component services, including on-site stock, pool access, and repair services, which will be delivered by Airbus’ engineers and FHS local representatives in Hong Kong.
Cathay’s A350 fleet has been supported by FHS since 2016, which will now be extended to HK Express’ A320 fleet. According to Planespotters, CX has one A320 parked, whilst the budget airline unit has 17 in its fleet, with an average of 6.1 years. Only one of the narrowbody type is in service.
“We believe this agreement with Airbus to provide component management services on our A320 fleet will help ensure we achieve our operational and reliability targets, allowing us to provide a best-in-class service to our customers,” said Mandy Ng, CEO of HK Express.
“FHS will support the operational ramp-up at Cathay Pacific and HK Express,” said Bruno Bousquet, head of Airbus customer services Asia-Pacific. “These new contracts will enable us to work even closer with both carriers to offer them the best services to cope with the new market reality.”
Airbus says it closed 11 similar contracts with operators worldwide over the last six months. “The latest contract agreements demonstrate the continued interest in Airbus’s integrated maintenance service, proving more relevant than ever in post-crisis times when airlines need to carefully monitor their costs and contain investments,” the company added.