Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), a major multi-product MRO provider has signed multiple new services agreements at the Paris Air Show.
A new partnership is under way between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Philippine Airlines (PAL). The two groups have announced the conclusion of an engine support agreement covering 32 CFM56-5B engines that power the Philippine flag carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The enhanced cooperation comes at a time of steady expansion for PAL, which has restored its global network of nonstop flights to destinations in Asia, North America, Oceania and the Middle East along with a robust domestic network within the Philippines. AFI KLM E&M has been PAL’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) partner of choice for a number of years, notably for the maintenance of GE90 engines on PAL’s long-haul Boeing 777 aircraft, and will now undertake a wide range of work scopes on the CFM56-5Bs, both in-shop and on-site.
AFI KLM E&M has been selected by CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the full-freighter air company of CMA CGM Group, to provide engine and component support for the two Boeing 777 freighters recently added to its all-cargo fleet. The two new aircraft were delivered to the transporter on May 31 and June 7, 2022, respectively and will be used to fly international routes out of CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s base at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. As a recognised specialist in A330 maintenance, AFI KLM E&M will also maintain the components of CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s A330F fleet. Additionally, the company will also provide component support for CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s four Airbus A330F, including access to its dedicated pool.
SF Airlines has selected AFI KLM E&M to provide performance restoration shop visits for seven CF6-80C2 engines. Through this new cooperation, the two groups are continuing a successful partnership founded 15 years ago, over the course of which AFI KLM E&M has already performed heavy shop visits for 22 of SF Airlines’ engines.
Furthermore, AFI KLM E&M will provide full support for JetBlue’s over-200 components on the airline’s fleet of A220 aircraft. JetBlue has ordered 100 of the new-generation narrow-body aircraft from Airbus, which will eventually replace its Embraer 190 fleet and help support its current A320 route structure. AFI KLM E&M, together with JetBlue, developed and finalized this efficient and economical programme which includes repairs, provision of on-site stock (OSS) and access to a pool of A220 Inventory. Barfield, AFI KLM E&M’s North American affiliate, will manage the delivery of these services and provide JetBlue with exceptional close-range on-hand support.
Air Austral is once again leaning into the expertise and support provided by AFI KLM E&M through its wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR. This time for the maintenance of the APUs (GTCP131-9C) powering its medium-haul fleet of three A220s. Air Austral is a longstanding customer and the two players also recently signed a component support agreement for the Reunion-based airline’s A220 aircraft. The latest contract covers the repair and servicing of APUs, the supply of a replacement unit and access to AFI KLM E&M’s predictive maintenance solutions via Prognos® for APU. These services will be managed and delivered by EPCOR, AFI KLM E&M’s centre of excellence for APU support.