Piper Selects Aviall For Worldwide Parts Network

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Piper Aircraft announced on Monday that Aviall Services, a subsidiary of Boeing, will become Piper's sole global parts distributor, providing supply-chain support for Piper dealers and customers around the world. Piper CEO Kevin Gould said customers will benefit from Aviall's experience as a parts supplier. “Aviall’s extensive experience and excellent reputation in parts management and distribution will give our customers world-class service that is fundamental to the total Piper experience,” he said. The change will mean a "quantum leap" in the ability of customers to get the parts they need, when they need them, at excellent price and quality, said Derek Zimmerman, Piper's vice president of supply chain and aftermarket development. "Aviall's strategically placed distribution centers worldwide, coupled with its ability to stock sufficient inventory to meet customer needs in a timely fashion, make it the logical choice for Piper," he said. Aviall Services, based in Dallas, is one of the world's largest providers of new aviation parts and related services, with more than 2 million catalog items available through 39 customer service centers in North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region. Boeing acquired the company in 2006 for $1.7 billion.

"Piper Aircraft has placed its trust and confidence in Aviall Services to fulfill this important role in its business," said Paul Fulchino, chairman, president and CEO of Aviall Inc. "With certainty, we at Aviall can say we will provide to Piper customers, dealers and service centers a level of service that is unmatched in our industry. We look forward to this association with such an exceptional company as Piper Aircraft." In its 72-year history, Piper has brought to market about 144,000 aircraft with more than 160 models certified. About 90,000 Piper aircraft are still flying and are serviced and supported on every continent by Piper's 65 service centers, 40 dealers and 2,500 field personnel. Aviall will provide supply chain support for Piper dealers and service centers and also market and sell Piper parts to the company's individual customers worldwide.