China Eastern Airlines, the Shanghai-headquartered carrier, has signed its forthcoming Airbus A350 component maintenance requirements over to AFI KLM E&M.
The agreement will eventually cover 20 aircraft in total and will see AFI KLM E&M provide repairs, access to a regional spares pool and the provision of a main base kit. Additional services include technical training services and assistance in developing the skillset of the airline’s engineers.
China Eastern is due to take its first of the Airbus aircraft this year with the delivery program set to run until 2022.
The new agreement is the latest between the two parties, which in July 2018, announced a similar MRO contract covering China Eastern’s fleet of Boeing 787-9s, which will eventually total four aircraft.
The airline took delivery of its first 787 in September, and like the A350 delivery schedule, it will take delivery of the aircraft up to 2022.