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."
KLM E&M has provided maintenance services for Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of B747-400s since 1994.
The long term agreement includes repairs and general component overhauls on a flight hour basis.
In addition to engine maintenance, the agreement also includes the leasing of aircraft engines to ensure availability of National Airlines aircraft during shop visits.
Virgin Atlantic Ltd has extended its contract to 2011 for heavy airframe maintenance on its B747-400 passenger jets.