BANGKOK: Airbus Helicopters has appointed Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) as its Prime Contractor and Completion Centre for the sale and distribution of its helicopters to Thailand’s military and governmental customers.
Under this agreement, TAI will act on behalf of Airbus for new rotorcraft sales in the country, said Airbus Helicopters today. At the same time, TAI will undertake additional workshare. These include: conducting acceptance check of the green helicopter at Airbus Helicopters facilities; transportation, incoming check and reassembly; customisation and completion work; flight check, ferry flight and final delivery to customer; as well as contract and warranty management.
Airbus will in turn provide TAI with engineering support, knowledge transfer and training.
The latest phase of partnership covers the entire Airbus range of H125/H125M, H130, H135, H145/H145M, H160, H175, H215/H215M, H225/H225M helicopters.
The latest development between Airbus Helicopters and TAI expands on an earlier agreement signed in 2019 between the two parties, to extend the after sales support of all Airbus helicopters operated by Thailand’s military and government agencies.
Managing Director of Thai Aviation Industries, Air Chief Marshal Supachai Saingurn said: “We are honoured to take our partnership with Airbus another step forward. Having worked with Airbus to develop a strong maintenance operation and after sales support chain in Thailand, we are confident of delivering further key milestones that will benefit our customers.”
“This new agreement underlines Airbus’ desire and commitment to building a robust aviation environment in Thailand that brings greater convenience to our customers. We are building on a strong foundation that has seen reliable maintenance support provided through our partner, TAI,” said Head of Asia-Pacific of Airbus Helicopters, Vincent Dubrule.
“Thailand is an important market for Airbus, and has seen our comprehensive range of helicopters operated by the military and governmental sectors. We are confident of growing this presence, and will continue to work alongside TAI to strengthen the local support chain,” he added.
Airbus Helicopters have a long-standing relationship with the kingdom of Thailand, having supplied numerous helicopters for military and law enforcement agencies in the country.
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