Cessna has announced its joint venture operation in Shijiazhuang, China, has gained initial approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Cessna Caravan Model 208 series maintenance. Initial CAAC Part 145 maintenance approval grants to Cessna-AVIC (Shijiazhuang) the ability to perform all maintenance procedures required by the manufacturer up to 100 flight hours.
“Providing company-direct maintenance is an important step for our joint venture to eventually provide complete lifecycle support for the growing fleet of Cessna Caravan aircraft in China,” said Jackie Chen, general manager, Cessna-AVIC (Shijiazhuang). “Having the maintenance facility located with our Grand Caravan EX production facility provides the most efficient setup for customers in the region.”
The Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) joint venture was one of two signed by Cessna and CAIGA in early 2012. The joint venture company in Shijiazhuang is responsible for final assembly, paint, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of Grand Caravan EX turboprops (pictured) for the Chinese market. Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) is responsible for similar operations to assemble and deliver Cessna Citation XLS+ business jets in China.
April 23, 2015