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The right place: GAMECO builds experience and reputation while waiting for the coming technical boom.(Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co.)

GAMECO builds experience and reputation while waiting for the coming technical boom

GUANGZHOU--Six years after its founding, Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co. Ltd. (GAMECO) has established itself as a profitable and growing force in China, providing maintenance and overhaul services to almost two dozen airlines, including its largest shareholder, China Southern.

Unconfirmed but authoritative reports suggest that the joint venture between the China Southern Airlines Group, Lockheed Aircraft Services International and Hutchinson Whampoa (China) Ltd. enjoys a 15% profit margin on annual revenues of around $40 million, figures that are not disputed by officials of the organization.

GAMECO provides both line and heavy maintenance at its home base at Baiyun, Guangzhou's international airport. Customers include 16 Chinese airlines as well as seven international carriers. GAMECO enjoys the distinction of being the first Chinese facility to provide line maintenance on the Boeing 777, of which China Southern operates two.

The GAMECO facility occupies more than 14,000 sq. m with a hangar that can accommodate one Boeing 747 and two 737s, or four 737s. Introduction of the 777 makes maintaining the two existing check lines in the same hangar a problem, one reason GAMECO is expanding.

Line maintenance "represents probably a quarter of our revenues," says General Manager Dan Lange. The unique environment of southern China provides some unusual types of work. High humidity characteristic of the region contributes to increased corrosion risk, a problem not helped by the fact that China Southern transports saltwater seafood in its aircraft bellies. "Get a leak of that and you have to open the cargo lining and wash it out immediately," notes Lange. …

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