Feb 27: AFI KLM E&M and Beijing General Aviation Co Ltd (BGAC) held an opening ceremony in account of the launch of AFI KLM E&M-BGAC Line Maintenance Co. Ltd, an aircraft maintenance joint venture. A specialist in implementing general aviation manufacturing and operation businesses, BGAC will be benefitted by the new open policy of Chinese government to welcome and encourage foreign initiatives to partner with Chinese companies.
BGAC in partnership with AFI KLM E&M is planning to commence operations early in April. The new business' brand, Beijing Line Maintenance International, will be providing line maintenance services for aircraft in the AIR FRANCE KLM fleet at the Beijing airport, before serving customer airlines operating in China.
BGAC chief executive Ling Zhuanghuai commented, "This agreement is an important milestone for our group, which aims to become a leading aircraft line maintenance player on the Chinese market. AFI KLM E&M is globally recognized for its MRO expertise and service quality and will be our best ally in achieving our objectives.”
Anne Brachet, executive vice president of AFI KLM E&M stated, "We are delighted with this opportunity to strengthen our international line maintenance capabilities. In BGAC, AFI KLM E&M has found a Chinese partner with a strong local foothold and reputation, which is a guarantee of success for the future joint venture."
Ton Dortmans, EVP KLM E&M added, "AFI KLM E&M has a rich and trustful history with Chinese airline business. Today, we are proud and happy to expand further our Chinese network with this new Line Maintenance JV with BGAC."