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Press release

China Southern Airlines Calls upon AFI KLM E&M’s expertise for A350s

Paris, Amstelveen, Guangzhou, December 13, 2019

As part of a new agreement for component support, the leading Chinese airline will enjoy access to a dedicated inventory as well as AFI KLM E&M’s regional China A350 pool.

China Southern has signed a long-term contract for the provision of component support for its twenty newly acquired aircraft. With the A350 model having just made its debut within the fleet, the airline has opted for a pooling solution to secure its operational capacities. The maintenance program includes maintenance, repair and logistic services. In addition to AFI KLM E&M’s global pool located at Paris, Singapore and Detroit, they will gain access to the central China pool of Shanghai as well as dedicated Main Base Kits (MBK) in Guangzhou and Beijing.

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Local support bolstered by a global network

China Southern and Air France KLM have a long history of partnership. With the Group MRO arm AFI KLM E&M, the Chinese has signed off on multiple support service contracts for engines, components, and APUs. Once again, AFI KLM E&M has been able to persuade China Southern Airlines that it was the right partner for the job.

“The service package offered by AFI KLM E&M is perfectly adapted to our needs in terms of budgetary and operational requirements. We benefit from both the economies of scale generated by AFI KLM E&M’s global A350 pooling, as well as localized services via their Shanghai-based pool.”

Li Tongbin

Executive Vice President of China Southern.

Thanks to the presence of this regional pool, AFI KLM E&M can immediately accommodate China Southern Airlines’ fleet of A350s for any stopover in China, thereby eliminating the risks of operational delays caused by long customs processes or transport timeframes when a part needs to be dispatched from foreign countries.

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“The AOG support provided by AFI KLM E&M all over the world is a marker of reassurance for our operations, especially in Europe and the USA”

Li Tongbin

Indeed, it is this truly global network that enables AFI KLM E&M to provide effective support services anywhere in the world the airline might need them.

This new contract firmly bolsters AFI KLM E&M’s position vis-a-vis A350 component pooling in China, Asia and the global market as a whole.

About China Southern Airlines

Based in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines boasts the largest fleet and passenger transport capacity of any airline in the People’s Republic of China. In 2012, the company opened the new Canton Route, which links Australia and the UK in less than 26 hours via a stopover in Guangzhou. With over 850 aircraft in its possession, the fleet ranks as the biggest in Asia and 3rd-biggest in the world. China Southern operates over 3,000 flights per day, serving 224 destinations in 40 different countries. In 2018, the company transported over 140 million passengers. In that same year, China Southern received the 2-Star Flight Safety Diamond Award from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its safety performance levels in China, as well as the 2018 Skytrax award for Most Improved Airline.

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