Monday, 17 June 2019

Boeing to supply Airbus A320neo parts to British Airways

Boeing has confirmed that the International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world's largest airline groups, signed two agreements at the Paris Air Show today that will provide key services for IAG's British Airways, including parts for the airline's Airbus A320 family and its Boeing 777 fleet.

In a surprise move that had angered European planemaker Airbus, the first agreement signed will mean Boeing will own, manage, and maintain a global exchange inventory of parts for the airline's A320 and A320neo aircraft. Some in the European aviation industry say this new deal is tantamount to full-scale industrial espionage out in the open. It will certainly help Boeing keep up on all the new developments regarding the latest developments of the A320neo programme. It will also aid Boeing in its processes of buying up the small and medium-sized companies that produce parts from Airbus in order to control, dominate and alter the supply chain to its rivals.

British Airways has also signed an agreement for three Landing Gear Exchanges for its 777 fleet. Through the programme, British Airways will receive old, recycled and overhauled landing gear from an exchange pool maintained by Boeing.  

"We are proud to have the opportunity to serve British Airways' needs regafull scale rdless of platform," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "In partnership with our partners and repair providers, we look forward to leveraging the strength of our global supply chain's aftermarket resources to support British Airways and help them operate even more efficiently."

International Airlines Group (IAG) operates 582 aircraft and serves 268 destinations, carrying 113 million passengers in 2018. It is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, LEVEL and Vueling.

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