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Airbus Opens First Complete Lifecycle Aircraft Service Center

Airbus has today announced the opening of the Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre in Chengdu, China, the first service center dedicated to the entire lifecycle of an aircraft.


Airbus Celebrates the Opening of The Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre (ALSC) in Chengdu, China - Courtesy Airbus

On Wednesday (January 24, 2024), Airbus announced the opening of the new Airbus Services Centre (ALSC) in Chengdu, China.  The new one-stop shop is Airbus’ first center dedicated to the entire lifecycle of an aircraft, offering activities from aircraft storage and maintenance, to upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services, as well as controlled distribution of used parts from dismantling.  The 717,000 square meter ALSC in Chengdu is certified by both EASA and the CAAC, and offers storage capacity for 125 aircraft.


In Wednesday’s announcement, Airbus’ SVP – Customer Services, Cristina Aguilar, said,


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


The site will ramp up operations between now and 2025 and will directly employ 125 team members.  With sustainability in mind, the main buildings of the ALSC have obtained LEED certification for their construction. 

ALSC Chengdu is a joint venture between Airbus, Satair, Tarmac Aerosave and the City of Chengdu.  Tarmac Aerosave brings over 15 years of proven experience in efficient aircraft storage, dismantling and recycling to the project.  Airbus subsidiary Satair will acquire aging aircraft and trade and redistribute used parts, thereby completing the full scope of lifecycle services.  Airbus projects that approximately 75 percent of the aircraft stored at the center will fly again following storage and upgrade by the joint venture, while the remaining aircraft will be dismantled by Tarmac Aerosave, whose unique process will recover around 90 percent of the aircraft weight.



Source: Airbus

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