Airbus announced today that it has appointed Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (TAECO) as its first approved cabin-outfitter in Asia-Pacific, thereby expanding its range of completion centres available to corporate jet customers.
TAECO is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO), specialising in heavy and line maintenance, freighter conversion, component overhaul, engineering design, parts manufacturing and training in Xiamen, Mainland China.
Outfitting the cabins of business jets, such as the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) and A320 Prestige is a new venture for TAECO, which has already built a cabin mock-up to showcase its capability in the field.
“We are pleased to be approved as Airbus first completion centre in the Asia Pacific, which is a recognition of TAECO’s expertise and experience in the aircraft engineering field. Expanding into cabin completions for Airbus corporate jets is an important and exciting new business opportunity for us, and we look forward to receiving the first Airbus corporate jet to be fitted out at our completion centre,” says TAECO Chief Executive Officer Patrick Healy.
TAECO’s approval follows a complete audit of the company and its capabilities, allowing Airbus to recommend the company to its customers with confidence.
“Our customers expect a quality Airbus Corporate Jet from us, even when the cabin is outfitted by another company, and we are determined to help them achieve that, which is why we encourage them to choose an approved completion centre,” says Airbus Executive Vice President, Programmes, Tom Williams.
Airbus offers its customers a network of eight approved cabin-outfitters around the world, of which TAECO is the newest addition.
Airbus offers the largest and most modern corporate jet family in the world, with aircraft that offer more space, more comfort and more freedom of movement than traditional business jets.
The family comprises the A318 Elite, Airbus ACJ, A320 Prestige and, for customers that want even more comfort, capacity and capability in range, VIP widebodies such as the A330 and A340 Prestige, A350 Prestige and A380 Prestige.
Airbus corporate jets have won more than 170 sales to date, and are flying on every continent, including Antarctica.