“Air China is a strategic partner for us, having successfully grown together over many years, and I am delighted to now expand our relationship with this exciting partnership in [maintenance, repair and overhaul] and look forward to continued growth of our collaboration.”
Called the Beijing Aero Engine Services Company (BAESL), the newly-formed facility will service the Trent 700, Trent XWB-84 and Trent 1000 engines for Air China’s widebody passenger jets. Rolls-Royce claims its engines are currently powering 60 percent of China’s total widebody fleet making up more than 550 aircraft. In addition, it is estimated that Rolls-Royce’s Trent 700 engines power approximately 90 percent of the country’s Airbus A330 fleet and that the Greater China fleet represents 20 percent of all Trent engines flying today.
The new facility “will provide services to Air China as well as its other airline customers based in Greater China and beyond”, the Rolls-Royce statement further said. At full capacity, BAESL will be able to support up to 250 shop visits per year.
“With safe operation as top priority, Air China has long been committed to developing aircraft maintenance capabilities and ensuring the reliability of the fleet, meanwhile striving to promote the industrialisation of aircraft maintenance,” said Air China president Ma Chongxian.