A new 50/50 Joint Venture, MRO facility has been announced by Rolls-Royce and Air China in Beijing, China. The new facility, known as BAESL (Beijing Aviation Engine Services Company Limited), will offer MRO assistance for the Rolls-Royce Trent 700, Trent XWB-84, and Trent 1000 aero engines. All three engine types are currently present in the fleet of Air China.
BAESL will be able to accommodate up to 250 shop visits annually when it reaches full capacity, which is anticipated to be reached in the middle of the 2030s. The facility will provide MRO services to Air China and our other airline clients based in Greater China and elsewhere. Currently, more than 550 aircraft are in service or on order with Rolls-Royce powering 60% of China’s wide body fleet. Our Trent 700 engines also power 90% of the nation’s Airbus A330 fleet, and the Greater China fleet accounts for 20% of all Trent engines currently in flight.
In order to strengthen our partnership with Air China, provide clients with the highest quality of service, increase our business’ cost-competitiveness, and create additional MRO capacity as shop visits increase, this JV is a crucial component of Rolls-China Royce’s strategy. By minimizing the overseas shipment of engines for MRO activities, it meets our sustainability goals by balancing in-region development with in-region capacity and providing customer proximity.
Additionally, the new facility will help our capable, competitive, and adaptable global Care Network continue to grow. Our plan, which was presented at our Investor Day in May, calls for expanding our MRO network in a practical manner in order to serve our expanding fleet.
“The launch of this JV is a key milestone for Rolls-Royce in China, where we have been powering the country’s airlines for more than 50 years,” said Chris Cholerton, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.
The president of Air China, Mr. Ma Chongxian, stated: “Air China has long been committed to strengthening its aircraft maintenance skills and assuring the reliability of the fleet, while also working to enhance the industrialization of aircraft maintenance.