Airbus has selected UK interior equipment manufacturer AIM Altitude as galley and stowage supplier for A320-family aircraft.

AIM Altitude says it will develop, produce and support galleys and stowage compartments that will become available as supplier-furnished equipment (SFE) on the single-aisle aircraft from 2020.

The deal will strengthen Airbus's "industrial flexibility" and will elevate AIM Altitude to "tier one" cabin supplier status, the manufacturer says.

Chief executive Richard Bower describes the contract as a "huge milestone" as it represents the first time the company has been selected as "a major SFE interiors supplier to Airbus".

AIM is owned by Chinese aerospace group AVIC, which also controls Austrian composites specialist FACC, Chinese companies Fesher Aviation Components and Jiatai Aircraft Equipmen, and UK-based Thompson Aero Seating.

Earlier this year, all companies were organised under as a group dubbed AVIC Cabin Systems.

AVIC says that the AIM’s SFE contract with Airbus provides the “prospect of further developing our relationship with Airbus in the future”.