Exclusive long-term agreement covers Air China's entire Boeing 777 fleet
Paris, Amstelveen, Beijing, 30 April 2014 - AFI KLM E&M and Air China Technics signed a formal agreement organizing support for the GE90 engines equipping the Chinese carrier's fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft. With this contract AFI KLM E&M signs its largest contract ever and binds the two parties exclusively over the long term with (PBH) "Power By the Hour" support solutions. This latest agreement extends the fruitful aircraft maintenance partnership between AFI KLM E&M and Air China, operating twenty 777-300ER passenger aircraft and its Joint Venture Air China Cargo eight 777-200 freighters, and is part of wider cooperation moves.
Lead GE90 MRO with close to 400 engines in support
On the strength of a large-scale engineering development program, AFI KLM E&M has acquired unrivalled resources and know-how in the sphere of GE90 power plant overhaul and maintenance. Its considerable in-house repair, overhaul and testing capabilities as an MRO service provider, supporting close to 400 GE90 engines of international customer airlines, mean that AFI KLM E&M combining both operator and over 80 years MRO experience, delivering day to day operation support to customers is a strong competitive alternative to the services offered by the OEM. With its longstanding engineering expertise as an MRO centre of excellence, AFI KLM E&M is able to optimize the costs of maintenance programs by avoiding premature removal for overhaul and the replacement of costly parts.
Certified solutions, resources and procedures
To gain the trust of Air China and demonstrate its performance and compliance as regards its facilities and working methods, AFI KLM E&M submitted to the audit and certification procedures of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and those of its Air China customer. In 2012, the Group won CAAC approval for its new engine test cell dedicated to Very Big Engines (VBE), including the GE90. An evaluation team from the Chinese airline was also able to assess and observe the quality of the engine shops operated by AFI KLM E&M and its CRMA subsidiary, which specializes in repairing GE90 parts and modules and is itself CAAC-certified.
Franck Terner, Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said he was delighted by this "major, historic agreement which demonstrates the high value and reputation of the services provided by AFI KLM E&M on the global market, especially in China. We have done everything possible to design a tailor-made offer that is a perfect fit for Air China's requirements, and to demonstrate to it that our solutions offer has the best guarantees in terms of reliability and performance. We are honoured that Air China, a privileged partner of AFI KLM E&M for several years past, is renewing its trust by awarding us this major contract."
Chai Weixi, Senior Vice President of Air China limited, stated: "The ability of AFI KLM E&M to offer us a dedicated, customized support program and to abide by our tender procedure helped to strengthen the climate of trust between our two groups. We have been talking and working closely together for many years, enabling us to become closer and to gain a better idea of the expectations of each party. We are certain that this understanding, combined with AFI KLM E&M's know-how and skills with respect to GE90 maintenance, will make a positive contribution to the effectiveness of the support we will be offered."
About Air China
Air China Limited was set up in 1988 and is the national flag carrier of the People's Republic of China. Based in Beijing, Air China was successfully listed on the Hong-Kong and London stock exchanges in 2004. It is the largest Chinese airline by balance sheet and operates several subsidiaries specializing in passenger and cargo transport, including Air China Cargo, Air Macau, Shenzhen Airlines and Beijing Airlines. From its hubs at Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai international airports, Air China operates 284 passenger routes, 72 of them international.