NBAA Convention News

Aaxico Supplies Parts Across the Globe

 - October 11, 2011, 6:30 AM

Aaxico, a stocking distributor for factory-new aircraft parts and a manufacturer of parts under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations, is showing its wide range of capabilities here at NBAA in Booth No. N3204.

Since its founding 59 years ago, Miami-headquartered Aaxico has established a comprehensive range of products through a worldwide network of support centers and sales offices. Its operations include stocking facilities in the UK, Singapore and China, as well as sales offices in Fort Myers, Fla.; Phoenix; Geneva; Hamburg; London; Toulouse; São Paulo; and Tokyo. Customers include business aircraft operators, major and regional airlines, OEMs and maintenance facilities.

Aaxico (American Air Export and Import Co.) had its genesis in an airline founded in 1946 in Miami Beach as one of several post-war startup flight operations. Aaxico Airlines’s initial service consisted of five daily DC-3 flights from New York to Atlantic City, N.J., serving the horse racing industry. It also flew charters with Curtiss C-46, Douglas C-47 and DC-6 piston twins, carrying both cargo and passengers in North and South America. In addition, the airline was a key operator of the U.S. Air Force Logistic Airlift for many years, and at one time flew under a Defense Department contract transporting 25,000 pounds of cargo a day. Aaxico purchased Saturn Airways late in 1965 and took that airline’s name.

CEO Bill Korth, son of Aaxico parts company founder James Korth, said the aircraft parts business was established in 1952 as a support arm for the airline to ensure parts availability to maintain the fleet. “Through several acquisitions of large inventories it soon became a full trading company and established the base for today’s support business,” he explained.

With 75 employees across the globe, Aaxico is enjoying business growth in a less-than-robust aviation economy. The company’s main OEM warranty repair customer is Goodrich, with which it partners along with a number of other major original equipment source companies to facilitate warranty and ongoing product support.

The company’s Aaxico Technical Services subsidiary has obtained 1,066 PMA approvals since 1996 and claims 11,087 documented subassemblies. It provides its partners with part design engineering, manufacturing expertise and certification capability to produce PMA replacement spares to FAA standards. The company maintains a comprehensive inventory of OEM products at worldwide locations, coupled with component exchange programs to ensure prompt response to customer needs.

Aaxico has enjoyed a regular presence at NBAA over the past two decades and plans a special celebration of its 60th year in the parts business at next year’s NBAA convention in Orlando.