Airbus parent company picks Exel to export spare parts
The EADS Group, which comprises aircraft manufacturer Airbus, space company Astrium and helicopter supplier Eurocopter, has contracted with Exel, a U.K.-based provider of logistics services, for Exel to manage the export of aircraft parts and spares from plants in Europe.
'Exel is one of the few companies that can support EADS when we decide to extend operations in new countries,' said Bernard Pain, EADS lead buyer for transport and logistics services. Under terms of the agreement, Exel will handle shipments from 30 EADS manufacturing sites in Europe to airlines, helicopter operators, defense and space organizations around the world.
On-time delivery is crucial in the aerospace industry. If not managed properly, aircraft can sit on the ground waiting for a part to arrive before departing. Exel's services include a 24-hour lead-time for delivery of cockpit systems, avionics, cabin interiors other aircraft parts.