FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), signed an On-Site Support agreement with Japan Airlines International (JALI) covering electric power system and pneumatic system products on the airline's fleet of 132 large commercial aircraft including Boeing 747-400s, 767s and 777s.
The 10-year program will begin in August. Work will be performed at Japan Airlines International's Narita, Japan, maintenance facility.
Hamilton Sundstrand will supply parts to support JALI's maintenance of electric power system components including generators and integrated drive generators, and pneumatic system components including valves, starters and air cycle machines.
In addition, Hamilton Sundstrand will assign a dedicated on-site advisor to provide technical advice and recommendations about product operation, maintenance work scope and repair to JALI engineering and maintenance personnel.
As part of the agreement, Hamilton Sundstrand performs an expanded supply chain and technical role at the airline. This performance-based material management program is designed to lower total costs through a simplified supply chain and improved product performance.
"This type of agreement provides significant benefits for the airline including low, predictable costs," said Mike Dumais , Hamilton Sundstrand Customer Service vice president and general manager. "By tapping directly into Hamilton Sundstrand's product knowledge, we anticipate that JALI will see improved system operating performance."
JALI line maintenance and shop maintenance capabilities will provide timely communication, troubleshooting and recommendations. By working closely with JALI, Hamilton Sundstrand will be able to improve the reliability of its products.
"Safety is the very foundation of our business, and we are making steady and daily efforts to improve the quality of our air transport," said Keita Sataka, Japan Airlines International vice president of Engineering & Maintenance. "We expect that this On-Site Support program with Hamilton Sundstrand will contribute to improved quality and safety for our maintenance activity."
Hamilton Sundstrand now has similar long-term OSS agreements in place with eight of the world's 20 largest airlines.
The JAL Group is Asia's biggest airline group in terms of sales revenues and passengers carried annually. JAL Group airlines serve 214 airports in 33 countries and territories, including 60 airports in Japan. The international network covers more than 240 passenger routes and 37 cargo routes, and the domestic network covers 156 routes. JAL and its seven subsidiary airlines make a total of up to 1,200 domestic and international routes passenger flights a day.
With approximately 23,000 employees in the air transport segment, JAL Group operates a fleet of some 270 aircraft including Boeing 747s and 777s, and is now in the process of a major fleet renewal, introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium aircraft such as the Boeing 737 New Generation series, and in the future the new high-tech Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.
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