China airline entrusts engine support for its six new Boeing 787-9s to AFI KLM E&M.
Paris, Amstelveen, Xiamen, 20 January 2017 - AFI KLM E&M and Xiamen Airlines today officially finalized an agreement organizing support for the GEnx-1B74/75 engines equipping the Chinese airline's fleet of Boeing 787-9s, which will ultimately cover a total of six aircraft. Xiamen Airlines, which took delivery of its first 787-9 on 8 December 2016, is thus growing its relationship with AFI KLM E&M who is already providing Component and Engines Support for the carrier's six 787-8s. The contract will cover shop visits and the maintenance and spare engine access to guarantee the availability of Xiamen Airlines ‘787-9' fleet and the seamless continuity of its operations. The maintenance will be performed at AFI KLM E&M's worldwide-recognized GEnx center of excellence in Amsterdam.
Trust central to a long-standing relationship
AFI KLM E&M and Xiamen Airlines have worked together for many years on CFM56-7B and GEnx Engine Support and 787-8 Component Support. During that time, the Chinese airlines has been able to rely on and appreciate the level of quality and responsiveness in implemented for the Genx power plants equipping its fleet of 787-8s, Xiamen Airlines decided to extend the maintenance agreement to the engines equipping its fleet of 787-9s.
Cai Chengbao, Xiamen Airlines Executive Vice President, further emphasized: "the quality of the relationship that has grown up in recent years between our two Groups. Around the ideas of trust and partnership, AFI KLM E&M and Xiamen Airlines have forged solid ties, which are now being strengthened with the signing of the latest agreement."
Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Anne Brachet said: "we are proud to further extend the strong partnership our two groups already enjoy. Such a deal with a major 787 fleet operator proves once again AFI KLM E&M's unique expertise and competitiveness regarding new-generation aircraft maintenance."
Ton Dortmans, Executive Vice President KLM E&M, added: "It is a real honour for us to once more win the trust of Xiamen Airlines for a substantial new contract. Again, AFI KLM E&M will strive to demonstrate the quality of its services, and to adjust its responses to meet the real needs of its client to the best of its ability."
About Xiamen Airlines
Xiamen Airlines (XiamenAir) is the first regional airline of the People's Republic of China, founded in 1984 and headquartered in Xiamen, Fujian Province. From its hubs at several Chinese domestic airports, Xiamen Airlines mainly operates domestic and regional flights with its exclusively Boeing-built fleet. With its new Boeing 787s, Xiamen Airlines has launched intercontinental flights to Europe, Australia and North America, 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.