At the Dubai Air Show 2015 that took place between 8 and 12 November 2015 in Dubai, AIR FRANCE KLM announced the signature of new strategic cooperation agreements by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), the Group’s maintenance division.
AFI KLM E&M and Etihad Airways sign a maintenance agreement
The national airline of the UAE will entrust AFI KLM E&M with the component maintenance of its Boeing 777 fleet (33 aircraft). Under the agreement, Etihad Airways and its equity partners will have access to AFI KLM E&M's Boeing 777 global component pool, via the 777 Component Services Program (CSP) jointly implemented with Boeing. Lasting 10 years, this agreement will enter into effect as from February 2016. It represents a new step forward in the partnership announced between the two airlines in October 2012. Etihad Airways and AIR FRANCE KLM together operate a code-share network of more than 40 destinations, from the hubs in Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam.
AFI KLM E&M and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries team up to provide Component support
AFI KLM E&M will provide Component support for Saudia Airlines' Boeing 777 and 787 fleets, while assisting Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) in the development of its Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capabilities for future Airbus and Boeing aircraft. At the same time, AFI KLM E&M will use SAEI as a subcontractor for those parts as SAEI already holds existing capabilities.
Comair renews its Component support contract with AFI KLM E&M
The South African airline Comair is renewing the contract it has had with AFI KLM E&M for several years now, relative to the component repair of its Boeing 737 and 737 Next Generation fleet, the provision of a stock of spare parts and access to the AFI KLM E&M pool. AFI KLM E&M's competitive offer and the guarantee of obtaining a reliable and thorough response convinced Comair to renew its trust in the Group.
These new agreements confirm the service excellence provided by AFI KLM E&M. They also reflect the efforts undertaken by AFI KLM E&M to constantly meet its customers' requirements as closely as possible, notably in the strategic area of Africa and the Middle East, as shown by the recent inauguration of a new logistics centre in Dubai, offering a pool of parts for all types of aircraft maintenance support on behalf of customer airlines.
Franck Terner, EVP AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, declared: “In a particularly competitive market, these agreements illustrate AFI KLM E&M’s commitment to improve the quality and competitiveness of its products and services. The trust and confidence of these prestigious customers encourages us to continue this momentum within the framework of Perform 2020.”
About AFI KLM E&M
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is a leading multi-product MRO provider. With over 14,000 employees, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support for airlines, engineering and maintenance work on aircraft, engine maintenance and Thrust reversers and aerostructure support, as well as the management, repair and supply of parts and aeronautical equipment from a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M provides support for close to 1,500 aircraft operated by 200 domestic and international airlines.
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About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began commercial operations in 2003 and in 2014 transported 14.8 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad operates or intends to operate flights to 113 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Its fleet consists of 119 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 new aircraft are on order, including 66 Boeing 787, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 A350 and 6 A380.
Etihad Airways is a shareholder of Air Berlin, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia and Darwin Airline based in Switzerland, which operates under the name of Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, together with Air Berlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, all operate under the banner of Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together airlines wishing to join forces to offer customers more choice with improved networks, programs and benefits for frequent customers.
To find out more go to www.etihad.com
SAEI is currently the leading provider of technical aviation solutions in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the Middle East, with 55 years of experience and more than 5,200 highly qualified employees, of which 92% are Saudi citizens. SAEI holds GACA, FAA and EASA certification and that of several other regional and international aviation authorities.
SAEI offers a wide and integrated range of MRO services to owners and operators of military and civilian fleets, both locally and internationally. SAEI services include aircraft, engine and equipment maintenance, as well as engineering and design, GSE maintenance, logistics and technical training.
Comair Limited is a South African airline and travel company. Its main activity concerns the provision of scheduled and non-scheduled air services in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. The company operates under its low-cost brand name, kulula.com, as well as in the colours of British Airways, as part of its licence agreement with British Airways Plc. A company owned and managed by South Africans and publicly traded on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in the country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have earned operating profits for 69 consecutive years and has an internationally recognized safety record.
To find out more go to www.comair.com.za