Today, 15 January 2016, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Xiamen Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Xiamen for the exclusive, long-term maintenance of Xiamen Airlines’ GEnx General Electric engines.
These next-generation engines will power the six brand-new Boeing 787-8 aircraft that Xiamen Airlines has ordered.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance offer a fully-certified Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Organisation for B787 GEnx engines. Xiamen Airlines will be the launch customer for Air France-KLM’s expertise in GEnx engine maintenance in Amsterdam. AFI KLM E&M is a frontrunner in providing professional, high-quality maintenance services to airlines worldwide.
Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, said:
“This intensified cooperation with our SkyTeam partner Xiamen Airlines reflects our strategic focus on Asia in general and China in particular, as well as our ambition to further develop our Engineering & Maintenance business”.
Xiamen Airlines and KLM will also intensify their partnership by extending code-sharing to more flights across their respective networks, giving their customers a broader and better range of options for travel beyond their hubs in Xiamen and Amsterdam. Xiamen Airlines launched direct service between Xiamen and Amsterdam in summer 2015, supplementing the service KLM has operated between Amsterdam and Xiamen since 2011. Together, KLM and Xiamen Airlines operate six weekly code-share services between their respective hubs.
Xiamen Airlines and KLM also pledged to make use of each other’s catering services, to explore opportunities for staff exchange with a view to mutual learning, and to make their cooperation more effective.