Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has signed a five year contract with China’s Kun Peng Airlines to supply spare parts. Embraer said the contract will make it possible to automatically replace parts and reduce delivery times, the Brazilian manufacturer said in a statement, adding that it would allow the Chinese company to better manage maintenance costs, with reduced planning, control and acquisition of parts.
In 2003, Embraer set up a joint venture to manufacture aircraft with China’s AVIC II (soon to be combined with AVIC I to make one company) in Harbin, northern China and Hafei Aviation Industry.
Located in the capital of Heilongjiang province, Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry builds aircraft for the Chinese market, with identical models to those manufactured in Brazil, in the city of Sao Jose dos Campos, some 90 kilometres from Sao Paulo.
Kun Peng Airlines is a joint venture between Chinese company Shen Zhen Airline, which has a majority stake, and the Mesa Air Group of the United States and in July 2008 it made a firm order for five Embraer 190 jets.