Air NZ opens logistics centre

Air New Zealand has opened a logistics support centre in Auckland as part of a new online warehousing system.

Air New Zealand has opened a logistics support centre in Auckland as part of a new online warehousing system.

The Auckland centre and a sister operation in Melbourne are expected to manage 60,000 engine components and 50,000 orders for new materials every year.

Air New Zealand and its recently acquired subsidiary, Ansett Australia, will run the centres with a division of US giant General Electric (GE).

The centres feature an online link between the inventory management system of both companies, with live tracking from GE and US shipping company Bax Global.

They are located within each company's engine overhaul facility, enabling ready access to inventories of almost 50,000 unique engine parts.

The companies hope the venture will speed up the sourcing and delivery of parts.

The centre is not Air New Zealand's first Internet venture. Last month it joined 12 other airlines in the Aeroxchange B2B exchange, which will trade parts and technical services from September.

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