Paris, Amstelveen, 04 juin 2010 – The Mexican carrier has again signed up with AFI KLM E&M by extending the contract to maintain its fleet of B777s for a further two years. The first agreement, initialed in 2008, convinced Aeromexico – an AIR FRANCE KLM partner within the SkyTeam Alliance – to maintain the cooperation. It has accordingly decided to renew the partnership by entrusting the maintenance of its four B777s to AFI KLM E&M. All four aircraft will undergo a C-check at the start of the IATA year.
Overwhelming strengths. Over the past two years, the Mexican carrier has been able to gauge the high service quality of AFI KLM E&M’s maintenance work on its aircraft. This successful track record, the carrier’s awareness of the B777 CSP partnership between AFI KLM E&M and Boeing and of the privileged location of its maintenance facilities at Paris-CDG airport were seen as overwhelming strengths and weighed decisively in Aeromexico’s decision.
Acknowledged experience. AFI KLM E&M has built up proven, in-depth expertise through maintaining the Air France KLM group’s own fleet of Boeing 777s and those of its third-party customers at the Paris-CDG and Orly maintenance facilities. AFI KLM E&M’s B777 CSP partnership with Boeing means that customers also benefit from fast-track access to the AFI KLM E&M spares pool when their aircraft are overhauled.
Paris CDG, a strategic location for Aeromexico. The carrier operates its B777s on a daily basis on the Mexico-Paris route. AFI KLM E&M’s prime location alongside Paris-Charles-de Gaulle’s runways proved strategic for Aeromexico, simultaneously offering it the services of an expert MRO on this aircraft type and optimizing its fleet’s operating schedule.
Rob Pruim, AFI KLM E&M Vice-President, Sales International, said: “The similarity between the fleets of the Air France KLM group and Aeromexico means AFI KLM E&M can offer a near-perfect match for the needs of its SkyTeam partner. AFI KLM E&M was able to bundle all these strengths to ensure its selection by Aeromexico. We are convinced that this new contract see Aeromexico appreciating our service quality even more going forward, prompting it to explore technical opportunities in other areas.”
Aeroméxico and its subsidiary, Aeroméxico Connect, currently operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s new Terminal2 at its Mexico City International Airport hub to over 40 destinations in Mexico, 16 US locations in 12 states, two cities in Canada, and ten destinations in nine other countries, including Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires. Aeroméxico also offers flight connections to other international destinations through its membership of the global SkyTeam Alliance alongside ten other airlines.
About AFI KLM E&M
Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the Air France KLM merger, are world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) providers with a joint workforce of over 14,000, offering comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to Engine overhaul and the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 1,230 aircraft operated by 150 major international airlines.
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The new facility's heavy maintenance capacity will allow for up to seven aircraft to be serviced simultaneously.
The engine contract includes support services with access to the spare engines pool and engine shop visits on a Time & Material basis.
Grupo Aeromexico received $65,000,000, from Delta Air Lines Inc. as part of Delta's investment in Mexico's flagship airline's capital stock.
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