AFI KLM E&M has been awarded CCAR 145 approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China for its Shanghai components maintenance shop. After a final audit carried out last month, during which the Chinese authorities inspected management systems, processes, technical manuals and technician qualifications, the workshop was granted approval as a maintenance organization on Chinese soil.
The facility is managed by Paul Sun Baochuan, head of AFI KLM E&M Industrial Development in Shanghai, who has local support as well as the expertise of a global MRO system. According to Baochuan, the facility offers component support tailored to the unique characteristics of the Chinese aircraft maintenance market where demand is mainly for component repairs carried out on Chinese territory and invoiced on a time and materials basis. In this type of system a local presence is considered a decisive criterion.
The MRO will start by servicing Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 avionics systems and later extend its portfolio to long-haul aircraft.