China Aviation Supplies (CASC) and Lufthansa Technik have been jointly engaged to provide component maintenance for Air China's Airbus A350 fleet.

LHT says Air China has signed a joint 10-year total support agreement under which the German MRO provider and CASC will repair and overhaul A350 components.

CASC general manager Tan Kejian notes that the company – a subsidiary of Beijing-based lessor and services group China Aviation Supplies Holding – has for more than 15 years been a strategic partner to LHT in mainland China.

Gerald Steinhoff, LHT's vice-president of corporate sales for the Asia Pacific region, describes the deal as a milestone that will "extend our service range in China".

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Air China took delivery of its first A350-900 in August and has since received two more out of a total order for 10 of the long-haul twinjets.

Lufthansa Group has a 25% shareholding in Air China's in-house maintenance division Ameco Beijing.