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China's maintenance focus.(Aviation Expo/China)(Statistical Data Included)

Aviation Expo/China showcased the numerous maintenance joint ventures set to care for China's aging fleet

As Aviation Expo/China '99 opened its four-day show in Beijing's China International Exhibition Center with 204 companies from 23 countries participating, CAAC's order prohibiting further airline purchases of aircraft with 100-plus seats pushed most of the action toward regional aircraft under that magic 100-seat number and maintenance projects for the country's aging fleet.

This year the various types of aircraft introduced in the period of rapid development during the 1990s will enter their high-level maintenance check stages one after another, while those that arrived in the early 1980s will be advanced in years with aging systems and engines. With these facts projecting an enormous aviation maintenance potential in China, large numbers of overseas maintenance firms, airline maintenance companies and manufacturers are charging into the competition. These firms exhibited the most vitality at the Expo.

Many manufacturers have formed joint ventures in China as they expand into maintenance. Snecma used the Expo to announce a JV with China Southwest Airlines, Sichuan Aero Engine Maintenance Co., for maintenance of CFM56 engines. …

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