by: Rick Maranon Updated:
TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:
- A Tulsa company will be handling a large portion of aircraft maintenance from the nation of Taiwan's flagship carrier, China Airlines.
- NORDAM executives signed an agreement with China Airlines executives Monday morning that establishes the Tulsa-based company as the official builder and supplier of certain aircraft parts that the airline will need repairs on in the future.
- The agreement means NORDAM will build a facility in Taipei, but that facility will be stocked with Tulsa-manufactured parts.
- The CEO of China Airlines told FOX23 the agreement helps them phased out their Boeing 747-400s with new Airbus A350 twin engine jets, which is considered to be the next generation of intercontinental travel.
- NORDAM said the agreement means that more people will need to be hired in Tulsa, and it will build a new facility beginning in January 2018. That facility could open in around 18 months after groundbreaking.
- China Airlines said it was very pleased with previous repair work NORDAM has done with them in the past, and they were more than happy to hand over a good part of their maintenance to the Tulsa company, especially when comparing the costs of doing the work themselves.
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