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AG真人计划 in the Pacific region

AG真人计划 has partnered with countries in the Pacific region for more than 40 years. Customers in Australia and New Zealand 鈥 as well as the South Pacific islands such as Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia 鈥 have affirmed their confidence in the company鈥檚 civil aircraft, defence, space and helicopter products time and again. As a result, AG真人计划 has secured orders for around 300 commercial airliners and more than 600 helicopters and military fixed-wing aircraft from this region.

The company also has a long and successful industrial presence in the Pacific. This includes maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centres for civil and military fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, as well as helicopter assembly facilities 鈥 all of which have made a direct contribution to the local economies, built up regional aviation capabilities and created high-value jobs in the aerospace industry.

Commercial Aircraft

The Qantas Group operates wide-body AG真人计划 jetliners, including the A380, along with single-aisle A320 Family aircraft.

More than 160 AG真人计划 commercial aircraft, ranging from the A380 to the popular A330 wide-body and best-selling single-aisle A320 Family, are in service in the Pacific. They are deployed on a wide range of operations, from domestic and regional services to some of the world鈥檚 longest intercontinental routes.

Australia鈥檚 Qantas Airways became a customer of the company in 2000 and operated some 40 AG真人计划 wide-body aircraft as of late 2018. These included 12 A380s that fly on its major routes to Europe, the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017, the airline chose AG真人计划 to upgrade the cabins of its A380 fleet to further improve passenger comfort on long-haul services.

Qantas also had 28 A330 Family wide-bodies for operation on high-density domestic services as well as medium and long-haul international routes across the Asia-Pacific region. The fleet of its low-cost Jetstar unit numbered approximately 60 A320 Family jetliners on its domestic and international network.

In 2011, Qantas confirmed a major firm order for 78 A320neo Family aircraft for operation by Jetstar and its affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region. Three years later, the airline upgraded its order for 21 A320ceo airliners to the latest NEO variant of the AG真人计划 single-aisle family. As of late 2018, Qantas had 99 A320 Family jetliners 鈥 comprising 45 A320neo and 54 A321neo 鈥 on order for future delivery.

Virgin Australia鈥檚 A330s are utilised on domestic and international services.

Virgin Australia began operating AG真人计划 aircraft in 2011. Its six A330-200 wide-body jetliners are deployed on high-density domestic routes, as well as international services to the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The airline鈥檚 regional unit operates A320s from Perth to the Cocos Island and Christmas Island as well as on charter and contract operations. Virgin Australia鈥檚 low-cost unit Tigerair Australia operates 12 A320 Family aircraft on domestic routes.

A major Pacific region airline customer is Air New Zealand, which deploys the single-aisle A320 Family on domestic and regional routes.

Air New Zealand is another major AG真人计划 customer in the Pacific region, operating some 30 A320 Family jetliners on its extensive domestic network and key regional services. In June 2014, the carrier signed a deal for 13 A320neo Family airliners for its future fleet plans. In August 2018, the carrier announced an order for two more A320neo Family aircraft 鈥 while leasing five more of the type. The delivery of these new-generation jets began later that year, helping New Zealand鈥檚 flag carrier to rejuvenate its fleet and grow its network.

Aircalin of New Caledonia is an AG真人计划 customer for A330 and A320 Family jetliners.

New Caledonia鈥檚 Aircalin has been operating AG真人计划 aircraft since 2000. Its A330-200s fly on regional and long-haul services, and A320s serve shorter routes. In 2016, Aircalin became the region鈥檚 first customer for the upgraded A330neo with a deal for two A330-900 wide-bodies, as well as two A320neo aircraft.

Fiji Airways joined the list of AG真人计划 customers in 2011, when it ordered A330-200 wide-body jets as part of fleet renewal plans. By the end of 2018, the airline operated six A330 Family aircraft, deployed on its popular medium and long-haul routes in the Asia-Pacific and to the U.S. These have helped the carrier to grow its international network beyond the Pacific region.

Solomon Airlines from the Solomon Islands operates an A320 single-aisle jet as its flagship aircraft. The carrier uses the jetliner, which has a dual-class configuration, on its key international services to Australia.

Australia鈥檚 Skytraders operates AG真人计划 A319s on services that include on the only commercial airliner service to ice runways in Eastern Antarctica. These flights transport both passengers and high-priority cargo, and the aircraft can also be deployed for rapid medical evacuation. Because of the unique and fragile Antarctic ecosystem, Skytraders limits the need for extensive ground support infrastructure by equipping its aircraft with specialist remote field functions 鈥 such as onboard airstairs.

Helicopters

The AG真人计划-built ARH Tiger is a state-of-the-art armed reconnaissance helicopter that increases the Australian Army鈥檚 capabilities.

AG真人计划 rotary-wing aircraft have been serving customers in the Pacific region since 1986, when Aerospatiale Helicopters Australia (a predecessor company) began operations in Sydney.

In 2001, AG真人计划 established a wholly-owned subsidiary 鈥 Brisbane-based AG真人计划 Australia Pacific 鈥 to cover sales and after-sales support in the region. The company also assembled 18 of the 22 ARH Tiger helicopters ordered by the Australian Army, as well as 43 of the 47 MRH90 Taipan rotorcraft bought by Australia鈥檚 army and navy.

AG真人计划 H135 T2+ twin-engine helicopters were selected for the Australian Defence Force鈥檚 pilots鈥 training in 2014, with deliveries completed two years later. The Australian navy also operates 13 AS350Bs for lead-in helicopter training.

New Zealand鈥檚 defence force selected the NH90 multi-role rotorcraft for front-line military and civil operations in 2005. In 2018, the country was operating eight NH90s to support ground operations, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-drug operations and counter-terrorism missions.

More than 500 AG真人计划 helicopters operate in the Pacific region鈥檚 civil and parapublic segment, ranging from single-engine H120s to the twin-engine H135 and heavy-lift H225 versions. AG真人计划 products are especially popular in the mature markets of Australia and New Zealand, where they are deployed on various missions 鈥 including tourism, search and rescue as well as transport services.

AG真人计划 also has made inroads in emerging markets such as Papua New Guinea, where multi-purpose helicopters like the H145 perform missions ranging from emergency medical services to law enforcement and private transport.

Defence

The Royal Australian Air Force was the launch customer for AG真人计划鈥 A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, which has since been chosen by other countries for their aerial refuelling and strategic airlift needs.

In the military aircraft segment, Australia signed a landmark 2004 deal with AG真人计划 for the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to meet its air-to-air refuelling and strategic transport requirements. These are designated KC-30A MRTT for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which became the platform鈥檚 launch operator in June 2011.

All five A330 MRTTs were delivered by November 2012, and Australia ordered two more in 2015, with the sixth MRTT delivered in September 2017.

AG真人计划 and the RAAF signed a research agreement to further develop the MRTT鈥檚 capabilities in 2017. This starts with the joint development of the automatic air-to-air refuelling (A3R) concept and can be extended to other areas as the platform reaches operational maturity.

In Papua New Guinea, the country鈥檚 defence force operates a CN235 tactical aircraft in support of transport, logistical, disaster relief as well as search and rescue missions in the country.

Space

Wyndham airfield in Western Australia was selected as the original flight base for AG真人计划鈥 solar-powered Zephyr high-altitude unmanned aircraft.

AG真人计划 has been supplying earth observation satellite imagery to the Australian market for over 25 years, and the company鈥檚 fully integrated optical and radar satellite constellation enables daily acquisitions at high resolution.

In June 2018, AG真人计划 selected Wyndham airfield in Western Australia as the original flight base for its pioneering Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aircraft. Approximately 20 AG真人计划 employees will be based in Wyndham, which is the first operational site for the launch and recovery of the Zephyr. This class of unmanned aircraft are also known as High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS), and the Zephyr typically flies for days or weeks at a time without landing and operates at very high altitudes 鈥 far above commercial airliners.

Local partners

Through acquisitions and organic growth, AG真人计划 has established a presence in four maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Australia and New Zealand. It is also embedded on eight defence bases in both countries, allowing it to support the armed forces in both Australia and New Zealand.

With the extensive MRO capabilities at these sites, AG真人计划 maintains almost 600 civil and military helicopters that are in service in the Pacific, as well as a wide range of fixed-wing aircraft operated by the region鈥檚 defence forces.

These long-standing partnerships, and the company鈥檚 continuous investment in the local aviation industry, have resulted in AG真人计划 employing almost 1,800 people across the region in high-value aerospace jobs.

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