PARIS, AMSTELVEEN – Cargo B has signed a five-year agreement for airframe and component support with Air France Industries (AFI) and KLM Engineering & Maintenance (KLM E&M) for its new B747-400s.
The agreement covers the performance of airframe A-checks, and maintenance and pooling for the aircraft's components complemented with logistic support. In addition, AFI KLM E&M will assist CARGO B with line maintenance activities at CARGO B’s global outstations.
"In the highly competitive cargo market, it is paramount to have a reliable, cost effective and experienced maintenance provider," says Rob Kuijpers, Chairman and CEO of CARGO B. "We selected KLM E&M because during our start-up phase of the B747-400 they proved to be just that. As a small operator we can share in the experience of KLM E&M in operating and maintaining B747 aircraft. Next to that, the global network of the Air France-KLM Group enables us to have outstation and AOG support.
"I am confident that AFI KLM E&M’s full service component program for the B747 aircraft will meet our valued customers' needs," says Rob Pruim, Vice President Sales International of AFI KLM E&M. "Cargo B can also rely on our sustainable on time delivery of airframe checks. We are very proud that Cargo B has chosen to call on the know-how and skills of AFI KLM E&M over the long term."