Sichuan first AFI KLM E&M A350 client in China

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed November 1, 2017 11:00

Sichuan first AFI KLM E&M A350 client in China

AFI KLM E&M and Sichuan Airlines have signed an agreement to organize component support for the Chinese carrier’s fleet of A350s which will ultimately number four aircraft. With this contract, Sichuan Airlines becomes the first Chinese airline to opt for AFI KLM E&M’s A350 component maintenance solutions.

The contract covers a broad spectrum of services, from repairs to organizing training sessions, plus part availability services (access to AFI KLM E&M’s A350 spares pool), the deployment of a Main base Kit and a forward pool located in Chengdu.

Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial AFI KLM E&M, added: “We are delighted to be working once more with Sichuan Airlines, which has become our first Chinese partner for our A350 product. AFI KLM E&M’s international reputation on the latest addition to the European airframer’s portfolio has thus reached even further into the Asian market, where there is large-scale need for MRO services with the expansion of A350 fleets among the region’s airlines. We will do our utmost to prove ourselves worthy of the trust shown us by Sichuan Airlines by delivering the most responsive, efficient support possible.”

Sibir Technic completes A-check on Embraer E170 Sibir Technic, a subsidiary of the ENGINEERING Holding is the first MRO company in Russia to start providing light base maintenance, the A-check on Embraer E170 regional jets. Russia’s only operator of Embraer E170, S7 Airlines launched operation of this type in the spring 2017. Sibir Technic’s maintenance staff received appropriate training and ratings in Europe, and have already completed A-checks on several Brazilian-built aircraft at the company’s certified facility at Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo airport. Sibir Technic provides maintenance on Embraer E170 completely in-house without involving any third-party assistance.

“By the time our technicians started their first A-check on E170, they’d already had accumulated extensive knowledge of the aircraft and its maintenance of the type. They built experience both during their training and internships in Europe, and also while providing line maintenance on E170s for S7 Airlines in Russia,” Sergey Falshin, head of frequent checks unit at Sibir Technic. “A-check implies a deeper inspection and maintenance of an aircraft that line maintenance.” The interval between A-checks on Embraer E170 is 750 flight hours, and the checks typically takes 12 hours. Since S7 Airlines operates its aircraft very intensely, the period between A-checks never exceeds three months. To ensure that the checks does not cause disruptions to flight schedule, the works are usually done during night time. ENGINEERING Holding has plans to provide the entire range of maintenance checks on Embraer E170.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed November 1, 2017 11:00