AJ Walter Aviation (AJW) is celebrating its 75th anniversary by opening its first ‘real’ office in Singapore. “We have opened an office in July with four local employees,” says managing director Christopher Whiteside. “For the past 30 years we have only had a virtual office in the region.”

The company has elected to come to Hong Kong because of its past positive experiences with the exhibition. “We are Asian Aerospace regulars and decided to move with the show,” continues Whiteside. “We want more local exposure and closer access to our Chinese customers.”

He adds: “We want to be accessible suppliers and will keep a $28m inventory of Airbus and Boeing spare parts in Singapore, ensuring customers can take delivery of their orders locally.”

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AJ Walter also has two recent regional contracts to celebrate. Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) awarded it a five-year spares management contract earlier this year. AJW also partnered with Relaer Asia Pte in an engine-leasing venture. Relaer Asia will help AJW to source engines, as well as assisting it in negotiations with customers.

Mark Calver, Relaer’s COO, says: “We are seeing established aircraft lessors now considering engine leasing so we know it is a long term growth business for AJ Walter.” AJW is evidently in the sector for the long haul. Incorporated in London, with operations in more than 100 countries, the firm specialises in supplying and repairing commercial aircraft spare parts. Its airline clients in the region include: Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Viva Macau.

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Source: Flight Daily News