Air China picks LHT and local partner for A350 component support

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.

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