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Xiamen boosts international aviation maintenance

ftz.xm.gov.cn|Updated: February 24, 2023

Aviation maintenance services for international customers are being expanded in the city of Xiamen, located in East China's Fujian province.

That's as resident company Taikoo Engine Services (Xiamen) Co Ltd increases its operations. The company, established in 2008, is an international one-stop maintenance base for aviation businesses.

It specializes in complete inspections, maintenance and testing services of GE90-110/115B aircraft engines and their components.  The General Electric GE90 is a family of aircraft engines built by GE Aviation for the US passenger plane, the Boeing 777.

The inspection work of aircraft engines is currently proceeding well in the maintenance workshops of the company, which is set to start providing services for CF34-10A engines, which are the powerplant for China's ARJ21 regional commercial passenger plane, in 2024.


An aircraft engine is checked out by technicians, before a complete overhaul. [Photo/fujian.gov.cn]

Taikoo managing director Simon Smith said that due to the revival of aviation industry and support from Xiamen's government at all levels, the company's sales soared to 4.7 billion yuan ($675.28 million) last year, returning to the highest level before the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that in the first quarter of this year his company was expected to experience a 40 percent year-on-year increase in the number of incoming engines for complete overhauls.

Aeroengines are said to be the heart of airplanes and the GE90 engine has the most powerful thrust of all the engines on active service. On Feb 16, there were altogether 40 GE90 engines at the company workshop receiving one-stop maintenance.

In addition, the company has a service agreement for CF34-10A engines launched by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Co Ltd – the group behind large passenger aircraft manufacturing programs in China – indicating that the overhaul services will also include regional jet engines.