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China Southern Airlines Inks Deal with AFI KLM E&M for A350s

: Dec 20, 2019 - : 12:00 am

China Southern has signed a long-term contract with AFI KLM E&M for the provision of component support for its twenty newly acquired A350 aircraft.

With the A350 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.

“The service package offered by AFI KLM E&M is perfectly adapted to our needs in terms of budgetary and operational requirements”, said Li Tongbin, Executive Vice President of China Southern. “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.”

“China Southern is the latest Chinese operator to have integrated the A350 into its fleet, and it’s an honour to be chosen to provide component pooling support for one of the largest airline operators in the world.,” Dominik Wiener-Silva, Vice President Sales of AFI KLM E&M for Asia Pacific. “We’re proud to have earned the trust of many airlines in China and boosted our reputation in this growing region.”

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