At the Farnborough air show running until July 20, Air France-KLM has announced that it has signed a long-term maintenance contract with Virgin Atlantic. The UK airline has decided to entrust component support services to AFI KLM E&M for its new Boeing 787-9, which are scheduled to enter into operation later this year.
This contract strengthens an existing relationship between the two partners. AFI KLM E&M already provides component maintenance services for Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 747-400, Airbus A330 and A340 fleets, as well as engine maintenance on CFM56-5C engines. For the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", AFI KLM E&M has demonstrated its adaptability with a tailor-made offer in terms of quality, reliability and cost for Virgin Atlantic.
Phil Maher, Virgin Atlantic Director of Aircraft Operations, stated "We are extremely pleased to extend our work with AFI KLM E&M because of the technical expertise and quality demonstrated in its maintenance of our A330, A340 and 747 components. Teams have demonstrated flexibility to react to any challenge and we have the utmost confidence in them to deliver the results we require".
According to Tom Dortmans, Executive Vice President KLM E&M, "this agreement is a source of great satisfaction for us as it strengthens our position in the UK market and on the high-growth Dreamliner product".
Franck Terner, Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, added: "We especially appreciate this latest mark of trust on the part of Virgin Atlantic, a long-standing partner which knows it can count on our Group's excellent quality of service".
ABOUT VIRGIN ATLANTIC
Virgin Atlantic Airways is 51% owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group and 49% by Delta Air Lines. Its fleet of 40 aircraft operates services to 35 destinations worldwide. Since it was set up 29 years ago, Virgin Atlantic has become the UK's second biggest long-haul airline to serve the world's principal cities. It operates flights from the UK to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, North America, the Caribbean and Australia.