Direct Maintenance Expands China Southern Line Services In Africa

Direct Maintenance has been working with China Southern on the African continent since 2015.
Credit: Direct Maintenance

Direct Maintenance has expanded its partnership with China Southern Airlines to incorporate technical handling services of the carrier’s fleet line maintenance services in Kenya.

The extended services by the Magnetic MRO subsidiary marks the first time a Chinese aircraft has been fully handled by a third-party line maintenance provider in Africa, Direct Maintenance says.

The partnership between both parties goes back to 2015, when Direct Maintenance has provided line maintenance technical support and related logistics services for Airbus A330 aircraft used on the Changsha-Nairobi route for Guangzhou-headquartered China Southern.

“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 customized exclusive service plans as well, which laid a solid foundation for the strengthened cooperation between China Southern Airlines and Direct Maintenance,” says Alfred Wang, customer service manager at Direct Maintenance about the line maintenance agreement.

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 Boeing 787 line maintenance in Kenya.

Direct Maintenance covers more than 70 aircraft and engine combinations, including A320neo, A350, A380, 737 MAX, 747-8 and 787 in over 20 different locations in Europe and Africa.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.