Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has completed base maintenance on the first Xiamen Air-operated Boeing 787-8 at its hangar at Shanghai Pudong Airport.
The work, which saw Boeing Shanghai carry out systems and components checks over the course of several days, also included Wi-Fi modification on the aircraft.
“Their [Boeing Shanghai] expertise in the field contributes significantly to program reliability, safety and improving flight services for our customers,” said Tang Jianqi, general manager, aircraft maintenance and engineering at Xiamen Air. “We hope this successful program is a good start for our future cooperation with Boeing Shanghai in more areas,” he added.
Operating since 1984, Xiamen Air currently operates six of the 787-8 variant in addition to three of the -9 aircraft type.
Boeing Shanghai, a joint venture between the aircraft manufacturer, Shanghai Airport Authorities and China Eastern Airlines, is also a designated center of excellence for freighter conversion work on 737 passenger aircraft, in addition to 787 heavy maintenance and modifications.
According to Aviation Week’s Fleet & MRO Forecast, the global 787 aftermarket is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.7% from this year until 2026, when it will reach an overall value of $42.2 billion.