China Southern Airline has announced the signing of a long-term contract with AFI KLM E&M for the provision of component support for its twenty newly acquired aircraft, the company said.
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.
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.
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.
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.