Monday, October 23, 2006

Hutchison aircraft unit plans expansion to India

China Aircraft Services, a joint-venture owned by China National Aviation Corporation (1110) and Hutchison Whampoa (0013), plans to expand its line maintenance business into India and the Middle East in the next few years to capture growth opportunities in those regions, said managing director Angus H W Cheung.
China National Aviation Corporation (Group) owns 40 percent of CASL, while Hutchison Whampoa, United Airlines and China Airlines each owns 20 percent.
CASL initially offered base maintenance services to airlines, but is exploring ways to expand its existing line maintenance services to customers. Base maintenance work includes modifications, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft and components, while line maintenance includes services provided during transit periods and routine turnarounds.
After North America and Europe, the next largest market is Asia-Pacific.
23/10/06 Alman Loong/The Standard, Hong Kong