Nok Air, the truly Thai low fare airline based in Bangkok, and Air France Industries, a world leading provider for aircraft MRO, signed a technical agreement support for the Nok Air's upcoming 737-400 aircrafts.
Under the terms of the contract, over the next eight years, Air France Industries will perform engineering, airframe maintenance, component and engine support on a power by the hour basis for Nok Air's already being delivered 737 aircrafts.
Nok Air currently operates 4 Boeing 737-400s and has taken delivery of another two aircraft in November, with the plan to expand its fleet to 14 aircrafts by the end of 2008.
This contract is a significant move of AFI in Asia and demonstrates its ability to support low cost airlines with comprehensive solutions including local partners, and will serve to expand services to other airlines in the region.
Bruno Delile, Senior Vice President Industrial and Business Development of Air France Industries said, "Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance have a long experience in partnering with different MRO providers in Asia and in particular in Thailand. These experiences have been the key in designing and implementing a dedicated support scheme that matches Nok Air's expectations."
Nok Air's Chief Executive Officer Patee Sarasin said: "Safety is first and foremost and Nok Air is looking forward to working with Air France Industries. With their experience and expertise, Nok Air can confidently say that we are providing the best safety standards for our passengers."
Thanks to their combination, Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, with a workforce of 15,000, ranks as a world-leading multi-product aircraft maintenance provider that maintains the full fleet for their parent airlines (over 550 aircraft) and supports approximately 150 major international airlines. With their combined repair capability, integrator expertise, operational support through engine and component pooling and a worldwide logistics network, Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance offer fully-integrated services for all-round maintenance.