Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider and part of Magnetic MRO, announced the recent expansion of their partnership agreement with China Southern Airlines, taking over full technical handling of the operator’s fleet line maintenance services in Nairobi, Kenya.
“This is the first time a Chinese aircraft has been fully handled by an authorised third-party line maintenance provider in Africa, “ said Jacco Klerk, managing director at Direct Maintenance.
Since 2015 Direct Maintenance has provided line maintenance technical support and related logistics services for A330 on the Changsha-Nairobi route for China Southern Airlines.
“Direct Maintenance has won a spontaneous recognition from China Southern’s team and their supervisors, by efficient and high-calibre line maintenance services, its rapid and independent emergency response mechanism, and customised exclusive service plans as well, which laid a solid foundation for the strengthened cooperation between China Southern Airlines and Direct Maintenance,“ said Alfred Wang, customer service manager at Direct Maintenance.
According to Wang, Direct Maintenance is the only line maintenance provider holding FAA Repair Station approval in Kenya and various other African countries, also was the first ever to support B787 line maintenance in Kenya.
Direct Maintenance covers over 70 aircraft and engine combinations, including A320NEO, A350-900/1000, A380, B737 MAX, B747-8 and B787 in over 20 different locations in Europe and Africa. Direct Maintenance was established in January 2001 and is a certified line maintenance service provider, holding EASA Part-145 approval and FAA Repair Station approval. In line with the requirements of the customers, aircraft line maintenance is provided to operators of a wide range of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft types.