Agreement extends giant 2014 Air China contract.
Paris, Amstelveen, 17 June 2015 - Air China Cargo, the freight specialist arm of Chinese flag carrier Air China, has just signed an exclusive long-term engine support contract with AFI KLM E&M covering its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters. Six of the projected eight-strong fleet are already in revenue service and two more are due to join the fleet in September. The contract extends the 2014 partnership deal between Air China and AFI KLM E&M, which was entrusted with exclusive full support of the Chinese carrier's 777 aircraft engines.
A major, exclusive contract cementing close partnership ties
The inking of this latest contract confirms the now-close ties forged between the two groups. "We are pleased to have found a partner that measures up to our expectations with respect to the support of a fleet that is of prime importance to us," said Mr Bi Yuyao, Vice President Maintenance Air China Cargo. AFI KLM E&M's "capabilities and experience with this type of engine are unmatched anywhere in the world, and it perfectly understands and can respond to our particular requirements."
Franck Terner, EVP AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance added: "This contract with Air China Cargo is part of a wider program of cooperation underpinned by a strong desire to consolidate dialogue and encourage exchanges that will enhance both our organizations. We are proud to be further strengthening these strong partnership ties and to be consolidating the agreement signed a year ago."
About Air China Cargo
Air China Cargo was set up in 2003 and is China's only national cargo airline. The outcome of a joint venture between Air China Limited and Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Air China Cargo is based in Shanghai and employs a workforce of over 4,200. The airline operates three Boeing 747-400Fs, eight Boeing 777Fs, and four Boeing 757-200SFs. Air China Cargo is also the exclusive operator for all cargo carried in Air China's passenger aircraft bellies.