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05 August 2005
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus' "Upgrade services" help operators reduce costs


"Upgrade Services" help Airbus operators reduce the operating costs of their in-service aircraft while improving their reliability and flexibility with customised upgrades across the whole Airbus fleet. Leading airlines and leasing companies are using Airbus' upgrade services to help maintain the flight performance and residual value of their diversified fleets.

A portfolio of upgrades can be implemented ranging from replacement of individual systems to complete cabin reconfigurations and aircraft conversion. The latest Airbus' technological advances are a key feature of the upgrade services. Customers can now capitalise on the technological developments used in production aircraft, as most are now also available to in-service aircraft.

From a passenger perspective, cabin layout is an increasingly important element of airline choice. To remain competitive, operators can benefit from specific cabin services for the installation of complex, cutting-edge cabin amenities, including in-flight entertainment systems and flight crew rest compartments.

Upgrade Services also play an important role in transforming passenger aircraft into freighters. This sector of the business is expected to expand significantly in the future and it is one for which the Airbus team is well prepared.

Time, as ever, is critical in the completion of all upgrades. To meet customer demand, Upgrade Services have reduced production times by 20 per cent. This has been possible because the team benefits from the exceptional Airbus infrastructure including being able to obtain technical parts without delay. In addition, Airbus' Upgrade Services are unique in supplying a one-stop approach to all upgrades.

With Upgrade Services, Airbus offers a streamlined service and manages it from initial design to delivery and aircraft certification, controlling the whole process, increasing efficiency and matching customer deadlines.

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