US aftermarket company GA Telesis and Air China have formed a joint venture for aircraft tear-downs in Beijing.
A Beoing 747-400 from the state-owned airline's fleet is the first aircraft being dismantled by the new outfit, named GA Innovation China (GAIC).
No details of the aircraft's identity have been revealed. Flightglobal's Ascend Online database lists five Pratt & Whitney PW4056-powered 747-400 passenger aircraft in Air China's fleet. The jets entered service between 1993 and 2000.
Air China's MRO subsidiary Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (AMECO) will disassemble the aircraft at its facility in Beijing.
The engines will be shipped to the USA, while components are to be stored in China and facilities in other regions, says Fort Lauderdale-based GA Telesis.
Beijing's airport operator has purchased the aiframe for use as a fire and emergency rescue trainer.