Chinese Airline steps up partnership with AFI KLM E&M for 787 fleet support.
Paris, Amstelveen, 4 April 2016 - Xiamen Airlines and AFI KLM E&M have further extended their 787 cooperation by officially inking the long-term contract under which AFI KLM E&M handles maintenance and repair of the GEnx engines powering the Xiamen Airlines fleet of Boeing 787, a total of six aircraft.
Confirming good relations
Celebrating today the official signing of the Dreamliner engine contract in Amsterdam, AFI KLM E&M Ton Dortmans, EVP KLM E&M, said: "We were pleased to be selected by Xiamen Airlines a first time for 787 component support in 2014, and now we confirm this trust-based relationship as we extend our partnership to GEnx".
That sentiment was echoed by Cai Chengbao, EVP at Xiamen Airlines: "We are completely satisfied with AFI KLM E&M's services and support for our 787s, and we are looking forward to continue our good partnership relation with AFI KLM E&M for our GEnx engines."
Franck Terner, EVP Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance said he was delighted by this "major agreement which demonstrates the high value and reputation of the services provided by AFI KLM E&M on the global market, especially on the new generation engines such as the GEnx. We are honoured that Xiamen Airlines is renewing its trust by being our launch customer on the GEnx engine."
Xiamen Airlines Chairman Che Shanglun and KLM’s CEO Pieter Elbers underline the importance in the next steps of the cooperation and said "This agreement is part of a much broader cooperation between the Skyteam partners KLM and Xiamen Airlines. Xiamen Airlines and KLM connect together almost daily between their respective hubs in Amsterdam and Xiamen and have a broad range of beyond codeshares in place".
About Xiamen Airlines
Xiamen Airlines (XiamenAir) is the first local airline of the People's Republic of China. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Xiamen, Fujian Province, it is majority-owned by China Southern Airlines. From its hubs at Xiamen Gaoqi, Fuzhou Changle, and Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airports, Xiamen Airlines mainly operates domestic and regional flights with its exclusively Boeing-built fleet. With its new Boeing B787s ,Xiamen Airlines has launched intercontinental flights to Europe and Australia, is going to add new destinations in North America this year. Xiamen Airlines has been a member of the SkyTeam alliance since 21 November 2012.