SOURCE: Aerospace Products International

August 07, 2008 18:17 ET

API Shanghai Offers Simple, One-Stop Support for Aircraft Operating Into China During the Olympics

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwire - August 7, 2008) - Aerospace Products International (Shanghai) Ltd. and Aerospace Products International, Inc. ("API"), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of First Aviation Services Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FAVS), announce 24-hour aircraft on ground (AOG) support services for all aircraft customers operating into and within China. API Shanghai's support has already proven helpful to numerous aircraft in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Customers operating into and within China should contact API's Shanghai, China facility for spare parts and other materials required to keep their planes operational.

Josh Krotec, API's Vice President of Business Development and Program Management, comments that "in recent weeks, API Shanghai's capabilities have proven themselves to be extremely reliable as the volume of AOGs has spiked in the days leading up to the Olympics. API is particularly well-suited to support foreigners traveling to the Olympics as we provide multi-lingual support and the appropriate Import / Export licenses. Furthermore, product can be delivered same-day to Beijing via more than thirty non-stop commercial flights from Shanghai."

API Shanghai is one of an elite group of aerospace companies licensed by the Chinese government to process Imports and Exports. As such, customers from Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and other Asian nations can call API Shanghai directly, without the burden of dealing with unknown, independent Import / Export brokers.

First opened in 2006, API Shanghai is a fully-licensed distribution center offering call center support, bonded and non-bonded warehousing, logistics and local transportation management services. API Shanghai provides easy, one-call importation of aircraft spare parts from the company's bonded warehouse for foreign operators flying their aircraft into China. The combination of API's fully-licensed distribution and logistics operations and its government-licensed Import / Export capabilities allow API to provide the fastest AOG response and world-class product support for aviation customers within China.

"API Shanghai's AOG support services are just one example of API's dedication to customer support and satisfaction," says Dr. Ahmed Metwalli, API's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Every API employee operates under the mantra that customer satisfaction is our only job security, whether working from our U.S. headquarters, one of our Canadian locations, or part of our team servicing Europe, the Middle East or Africa. Our API Asia Pacific and API Shanghai employees stand by ready to provide immediate response and the highest quality to all aviation customers in the region."

API offers worldwide customer service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year (+1.888.API.24X7 or +1.901.365.3470 extension 2171) through strategically located distribution centers and partnerships in the USA, Canada, China, Philippines and Europe. API Shanghai can be reached 24 hours per day at +86 21 5866 8660 or Furthermore, API Asia Pacific (located in Clark, Philippines) can be reached at +63 45 599 5490 or

Aerospace Products International, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is the leading provider of innovative distribution and supply chain services for the aviation industry. API distributes aircraft parts and related products and components to manufacturers, maintenance providers, and operators of some of the most widely used commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft. In addition to its product supply services, API offers the aviation industry extensive supply chain management and third-party logistics services and solutions, including forecasting and procurement services, inventory management, rotables management, and product sales. API also offers overhaul and repair services for brakes and starters/generators, and builds custom hose assemblies. Its parent company, First Aviation Services Inc., is a worldwide leader in providing services to the aviation industry. More information is available at

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