China's civil aviation regulator the CAAC has approved a new component repair facility being opened in Shanghai by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
The avionics shop is one of two Chinese facilities that the European maintenance consortium is establishing as it targets closer access to customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The location and timescale for the second site – where mechanical equipment is to be supported – has yet to be disclosed.
Operations at the Shanghai shop are to begin in the "very near future", says Franck Terner, executive vice-president for Air France-KLM’s MRO division.
The facility will initially be used to support avionics for Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s, but this is "shortly" to be expanded to long-haul types, the group says.
With the new shop, AFI KLM E&M will be able to tailor services "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", it adds.
Paul Sun Baochuan will manage the shop as head of the MRO group’s industrial development in Shanghai.