China Airlines and AFI KLM E&M sign major GE90 engine support contract
The exclusive long-term agreement will cover China Airlines' entire Boeing 777F fleet.
AFI KLM E&M and China Airlines have signed a formal agreement to support the GE90 engines powering the airline's fleet of Boeing 777F aircraft. It binds the two parties exclusively over the long term with (PBH) “Power By the Hour” support solutions. This contract covers PBH, such as MRO on engine and LRU, engineering support including spare engine support, transportation, On-Wing and on-site support. China Airlines will also benefit from AFI KLM E&M’s engine predictive maintenance solution Prognosâ for Engine.
GE90 MRO leader with nearly 450 engines supported
Air France-KLM Group is the second largest GE90 operator in the world. As an airline-MRO, and through an extensive technical development program, AFI KLM E&M has acquired unparalleled resources and expertise in GE90 engine overhaul and maintenance. With its extensive in-house repair, overhaul and test capabilities, AFI KLM E&M provides MRO services supporting nearly 450 GE90 engines of international airline customers. AFI KLM E&M, combining both operator experience and more than 80 years of MRO experience, providing daily operational support to customers, is the largest non-OEM provider of GE90 services. Thanks to its long-standing engineering expertise as an MRO center of excellence, AFI KLM E&M is able to optimize the costs of maintenance programs by avoiding premature removals for overhaul, optimizing shop visit workscopes and minimizing costly parts replacement.
Dominik Wiener Silva, Vice President Sales Asia Pacific AFI KLM E&M said he was delighted with this “major and historic agreement which demonstrates the high value and reputation of AFI KLM E&M's services in the global market, especially in Asia. We have worked hard to adapt our offer to the needs of China Airlines. We have demonstrated that our solutions offer the best guarantees in terms of reliability and performance. We are honored that China Airlines, a new AFI KLM E&M customer, has placed its trust in us by awarding us this major contract.”
Wang, Houng, Senior Vice President China Airlines Engineering & Maintenance Organization added: “AFI KLM E&M's ability to provide us with a dedicated and customized support program and adhesion to our bidding process gave us confidence. We worked closely and transparently with them to get a better understanding of each party's expectations. We are confident that this understanding, combined with AFI KLM E&M's expertise and skills in GE90 maintenance, will contribute positively to the effectiveness of the support we will be offered.”
A new step forward in Asia Pacific market
To gain the trust of China Airlines, AFI KLM E&M has demonstrated its performance and compliance in terms of facilities and work methods. China Airlines will thus join a strong community of AFI KLM E&M customers on the GE90, further strengthening AFI KLM E&M’s footprint on the GE90 PBH market, which is particularly important in China and Southeast Asia. AFI KLM E&M has thus taken a new step in its Asia Pacific market by entering the Taiwanese market. This step is the continuation of a close relationship between the two groups since China Airlines and Air France-KLM are Skyteam partners. Taipei is a destination served by both French and Dutch airlines.