Airbus Australia Pacific extends support partnership with New Zealand Defence Force


Airbus Australia Pacific has agreed its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul support to the New Zealand Defence Force.

Building on the success of its long-term partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force, Airbus has secured the work plan for the next two years of P3 Orion, C130 Hercules and SH-2 Seasprite maintenance activities, based in Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island. More than 200 Airbus employees work in New Zealand, in direct support of the country’s Defence Force, and the contract continues to secure the company’s trusted position until at least 2022.

“Airbus and our predecessor organisations have been leaders in New Zealand’s aviation scene for more than 70 years. The ongoing trust placed in us by the New Zealand Government is testament to the commitment and long-term view of our Kiwi teams in delivering for our customers, every day,” said Andrew Mathewson, Managing Director Airbus Australia Pacific.

“New Zealand’s Defence Force is agile in their operations, and we are proud to work alongside them in their daily activities. As they look to transition their Air Force fleets in the years to come, Airbus will be there to provide support.”

Known as Provision of Air MRO Services: Service Block 2, the agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force sets Defence’s capacity requirement for the coming years, enabling Airbus to plan and respond to requirements.