Peach Aviation appoints Lufthansa Technik as component supplier

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Japanese low-cost start-up carrier Peach Aviation has selected Lufthansa Technik to supply the components for 16 of the Airbus A320 aircraft that the airline is planning to have in its fleet.

Under the multi-year contract, Lufthansa Technik will handle all aspects relating to the daily component supplies for Peach Aviation, said the German maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm.

The components will be supplied to the start-up airline's home base at Osaka's Kansai International airport by Lufthansa Technik's facilities in Hamburg and Frankfurt, the firm added.

The MRO provider has already started monitoring the assembly of the aircraft under the Aircraft Production Inspection Programme.

Material support for Peach Aviation has also been integrated into Lufthansa Technik's logistics.

"The airline works with the TRAX MRO IT system software," Lufthansa Technik said.

"With an appropriate modification, Peach Aviation employees can now enter their material requisitions directly," Lufthansa Technik said.

Peach Aviation is planning to start its opreations with domestic services to Fukuoka and Sapporo in March 2012, then to Seoul in May 2012. The low-cost carrier will operate the flights on a fleet of Airbus A320s.

The airline is 33.4% owned by Japan's All Nippon Airways. Hong Kong investment firm Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) has a 33.3% stake, while Hong Kong's First Investment Group owns the remaining 33.3% stake, the maximum foreign ownership that is currently allowed in Japan.