LONDON – VAS Aero Services announced it has secured a deal with American Airlines to acquire four of the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 airframes and 11 Pratt and Whitney PW4168 engines.
American Airlines operated the Airbus A330 from 2013 to 2020. The aircraft were acquired from US Airways which officially merged with American Airlines in December 2013. The combined carriers became the world’s largest airline, serving more than 170 million passengers a year.
A total of 24 A330s passed through the carrier’s fleet: 15 A330-200s and nine A330-300s. The four acquired A330-300s widebody aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW4168 engines, were retired from American’s fleet in 2020 on the beginning coronavirus pandemic.
According to the company statement, adding to the breadth and depth of VAS’s already significant aftermarket parts inventory, the airframes will be allocated for teardown and the surplus parts distributed through VAS’s worldwide airline operator customer base.
“VAS boasts an enviable record in aircraft disassembly and serviceable parts harvesting, testing, certification and documentation, with particular expertise with the Airbus widebody platform,” says VAS CEO Tommy Hughes.
“As demand increases for used, serviceable A330 parts, airline operators around the world will benefit from access to VAS’s quality A330-300 airframe and PW4168 engine parts which will be made available through this acquisition,” he adds.
As the company reports, the Pratt & Whitney PW4168 engines will be placed with VAS’s aftermarket services partner, SR Technics, for engine lease pool support and ultimately disassembled to increase their Used Serviceable Material (USM) availability.
As pointed out by VAS addition of the PW engines further strengthens the company’s Supply Program with SR Technics and offers major end users favorable green-time leasing options and vital USM solutions.
About VAS Aero Services
In 1979, the AGES Group was formed in New York by three founders who saw an opportunity to re-sell aviation parts to local airlines and shops. Through the years, AGES Group continued to grow until it was sold to Volvo Aero Corp in 1999 to support Volvo Aero’s maintenance facilities and increase market share in the industry.
Volvo Aero Services it’s a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services. Focused on long-term partnerships and the integration of Volvo’s core values within the organization.
Today, VAS employ over 150 people worldwide. Infused with the tradition and quality of the past, VAS Aero Services moves ever onward through innovation, adaptability to new market demands, and a clear vision of the future.
Satair has acquired Volvo Aero Services
Now Satair, an Airbus Services company, and VAS Aero Services, a leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services including end-of-life support, have signed an agreement under which Satair acquires the abovementioned company.
Through its US subsidiary, Satair USA Inc., VAS will continue as a separate enterprise, with operational sites and offices in Boca Raton (FL), Kent (WA) and London (UK), expanding Satair’s global footprint and aviation aftermarket service capabilities.
The acquisition complements Satair’s existing offerings through VAS ‘expertise in managing engine and multi-fleet Used Serviceable Material (USM) products, which will play a key role in Satair’s strategic growth initiative in this segment.