Ameco Turns 30 With New Services, New Logo
Ameco, the Chinese-German MRO house, is celebrating is 30th anniversary with a subtle but significant rebranding, and has announced a raft of additions to an already extensive list of capabilities.
The company, which was formed in 1989 when Air China and Lufthansa signed a cooperation agreement that created the first independently operated aircraft MRO in China, has recently launched its Ameconnext range of ground-to-air connectivity services. This includes system design, installation and maintenance of onboard Wi-Fi networks, satellite internet service, paperless cockpit solutions and data processing for operations and maintenance purposes. The firm is promising full life-cycle guarantees on its service, and says that its offerings have "comprehensive" qualification certifications.
Ameco's list of firsts is lengthy. In 1994, it became the first company in China to simultaneously hold maintenance licenses from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (since superseded by EASA) and CAAC, the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The firm says it carried out the first D check of a Boeing 747 in China, a world's first 5D check of the same platform in 2004, and in 2018 a first-ever D check of a 747-8F.
In 2015, Air China and Lufthansa redrew their partnership, absorbing previous Ameco functions and integrating the former Air China Technics to create a company now referred to as New Ameco. Air China owns 75%, Lufthansa 25%. The new structure merited a new corporate identity, which Ameco unveiled on Sept. 10 – the company's 30th birthday. The word "Beijing" no longer appears, in large part to highlight the firm's widespread presence, with 10 branches across China and more than 200 maintenance stations at home and abroad, in addition to its Beijing headquarters.