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Airbus Receives First A320 Flight Hour Services Contract in Europe With Finnair
Finnair has selected Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support their entire 35 aircraft A320 Family fleet, becoming the first European FHS A320 customer. Finnair will benefit from onsite stock in Helsinki, access to the spares pools, and global components engineering and repair.
On Wednesday (October 20, 2021), Airbus announced that Finnair has selected the company’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support their fleet of 35 Airbus A320 Family fleet of aircraft, becoming the first European FHS A320 customer. Today’s announcement follows recent FHS contracts in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. With the new FHS contract, Finnair will benefit from integrated materials services including onsite stock at their main Helsinki hub, access to Airbus’ mutualized spare pools, and global components engineering and repair service. The contract covers ‘nose to tail’ material services, including engine components.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Finnair’s Vice President of Technical Operations, Juha Ojala, said,
“We continuously seek to create more value in our supply chain. This collaboration ensures an enhanced and innovative service for component reliability and availability while supporting fleet flexibility. We are sincerely pleased to strengthen the relationship between Finnair and Airbus.”
Also commenting on the new FHS contract, Airbus’ Head of Material Services, Bart Reijnen, said,
“We are very happy to see our Flight Hour Services recognised as an efficient means to accompany the progressive ramp-up of airlines’ operations in Europe, and we thank Finnair for their trust. For more than a year, we have worked hard to adapt our maintenance services and be able to provide more flexibility and reactivity to our airline customers. This service quality improvement is an additional way for Airbus to support the aviation sector’s recovery.”
Over the past two years, the global Airbus fleet covered by FHS has increased by over 25 percent. Finnair is a longstanding Airbus customer, and currently operates Airbus A320 Family aircraft in Europe and Airbus A330 and A350s on their long-haul flights.
Specializing in passenger and cargo traffic between Asia and Europe, Finnair is a modern premium network airline with a competitive advantage due to their geographical location. Sustainability is at the heart of everything Finnair does, and the carrier is committed to cutting their net emissions by 50 percent by the end of 2025 (compared to a 2019 baseline) and achieving carbon neutrality by the end of 2045. The carrier is also a member of the global oneworld® alliance and its shares are traded on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.