Airbus opens first service centre supporting entire aircraft lifecycle

Celebratory opening of Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre
Photo Credit: Airbus

The Airbus Lifecycle Services Centre (ALSC) has started its operations in Chengdu (China), offering solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of an aircraft in one place.

This centre is the first of its kind to cover, as a one-stop shop, the full range of activities across the service life of the aircraft.

One-Stop Solution for Aircraft Management

The ALSC stands out as the first-of-its-kind facility to provide a one-stop shop for all aircraft lifecycle needs.

From aircraft parking and storage to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling, and recycling services, this centre covers the entire spectrum of activities essential for managing aircraft operations efficiently.

Moreover, it facilitates the controlled distribution of used parts, further enhancing its comprehensive offerings.

Certification and Infrastructure

Certified by both the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the ALSC upholds the highest standards of safety and compliance.

Spanning an impressive surface area of 717,000 square metres, with a storage capacity for 125 aircraft, the centre boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to support its multifaceted operations.

Notably, its LEED certification underscores a commitment to environmental sustainability, reflecting Airbus’s dedication to reducing the ecological footprint of its activities.


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Employment and Growth Prospects

As the ALSC gears up for full-scale operations by 2025, it is poised to become a significant contributor to the local economy, providing employment opportunities for up to 150 individuals directly.

This influx of jobs not only bolsters the workforce but also fosters economic growth and development within the region.

Furthermore, the collaborative efforts between Chinese and European entities exemplify a shared vision for advancing the aviation industry while promoting sustainable practices.

Industry Collaboration and Expertise

Central to the success of the ALSC is the collaborative partnership between Airbus, Tarmac Aerosave, the city of Chengdu, and Airbus company Satair.

Leveraging Tarmac Aerosave’s extensive experience in aircraft storage, dismantling, and recycling, the centre combines expertise with innovation to streamline operations and maximize efficiency.

With Airbus company Satair onboard to manage the acquisition and distribution of used parts, the ALSC offers a holistic approach to aircraft lifecycle management.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the ALSC is its commitment to environmental stewardship.

By adopting sustainable practices throughout its operations, including the utilization of green building principles and the implementation of eco-friendly processes, the centre sets a new standard for responsible aircraft management.

With a focus on reducing waste and maximizing resource utilization, the ALSC embodies the principles of the circular economy, ensuring that aircraft lifecycle activities are conducted in an environmentally conscious manner.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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