Aircraft maintenance licenses issued by authorities in China, Hong Kong and Macao will now be recognised in each of the territories under a new agreement.
The Joint Maintenance Management Cooperation Arrangement has been signed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong (CAD) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao (AACM).
It will allow mutual recognition of aircraft maintenance licences issued by all three authorities, facilitating licence holders to be able to work in aircraft maintenance organisations located throughout the Chinese Mainland, the Hong Kong SAR and the Macao SAR.
Hong Kong-headquartered HAECO Group welcomed the new arrangement, saying it would facilitate the flow of aircraft maintenance license holders throughout the Chinese Mainland and enable HAECO to “tap into a wider pool of aircraft maintenance professionals in increasing employment opportunities across the region”.
As well as Hong Kong, HAECO operates airframe, engine and component maintenance facilities in the Chinese Mainland, Europe and the United States.
“HAECO Group is pleased to see closer cooperation amongst the three authorities, boosting development of the local aviation industry. This will support HAECO’s continued growth as one of the world’s leading aviation service providers,” the company stated.