October 28, 2013 / 1:10 PM / 4 years ago

BAE signs civil aircraft maintenance deal with Japan Airlines

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) - British defence contractor BAE Systems has signed a three-year deal with Japan Airlines to provide maintenance support for the carrier’s commercial aircraft fleet, the company said on Monday.

The deal, whose value was not disclosed, will see BAE’s United States-based commercial aircraft solutions business provide repairs, spares and modifications to the aircraft electronic systems of Japan Airlines’s Boeing 737-800, 767 and 777 planes.

BAE, which traditionally supports military air forces, is chasing commercial opportunities to make up for falling defence spend from the U.S. and Europe. It signed an aircraft maintenance deal with Australian low-cost carrier Tigerair on Oct. 1

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