Willis Lease and APOC Aviation to Join Forces for 737-800 Teardown

Photo Credit: APOC Aviation

LONDON – APOC Aviation and Willies Aviation Services Limited have partnered up to tear down a Boeing 737-800 at Teesside Airport in the UK.


The 737-800 has been bought by Dutch Arena Aviation Capital, while APOC has signed a framework agreement for any teardown at the Teesside Airport together with Willis Aviation.

Jasper van den Boogaard, Vice President of Airframe Acquisition and Trading, commented: “We were particularly interested in this airframe as our initial inspection showed the parts installed are perfect for our stock, most having come directly from the KLM/Air France B737-800 component pool.”

Van den Boogaard also explained that active management and close cooperation are key for successfully completing this and related projects:

“We highly value the services provided by WASL and their specialist part-out team. The project has run very smoothly from the start, and we are working closely with the team onsite. Our full involvement at all times means that our customers can benefit from acquiring parts directly from the project.”

“We are honored to support industry leaders like Arena and APOC and that they entrusted their asset with our Part 145 MRO services and dedicated disassembly team at our newly refurbished hangar.”

“With our experienced and dedicated engineers along with APOC’s expertise and industry knowledge, the project has been a success, providing APOC with specific components when required,” said James Cobbold, Director Sales at Willis Lease.

Van den Boogaard adds, “We have completed several deals with Arena to date and it is always a pleasure doing business with them and their professional team. We look forward to continuing this positive relationship in the future.”

Their goal

APOC has been established in 2014 as a Dutch airplane teardown company, with the aim of reselling as many parts of a plane as possible. Willis Leasing has been established more than 30 years ago to do what many corporations thought would be impossible, which is leasing out airplane engines.

Now, after a strong 30 years of gaining experience, they have now the opportunity to join forces with another company that is excelling at tearing down airplanes for maximum efficiency.

It is really great for both companies are working together, seeing as what they are doing is helping each other out at the place where they might need each other the most. APOC is requiring more plane parts to sell, while Willis Lease is looking for more parts to lease out.

At the same time, APOC is using its expertise in tearing down planes to avoid using third parties which could significantly improve the overall quality and stability for their customers.

According to APOC, while they have a good level of stock readily available in The Netherlands, Singapore, and Miami, there is never a period of time where you don’t have to refill it, meaning that with enough funding, APOC can continually assess the market for the youngest airframe that can be acquired to refill their stock.

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