Paris, Amstelveen, 22nd September 2008 – Afriqiyah Airways signed a contract with Air France Industries (AFI) covering component support for its fleet of 14 A319s and A320s. The agreement includes access to the spare parts pool managed by AFI at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport along with support for Afriqiya Airways in several in-line component support areas.
The Libyan carrier's agreement with AFI extends the cooperation and the relationship that the two companies have built up over recent years. In 2007, AFI assisted Afriqiyah Airways during pre-delivery inspection of its first two A320s assembled in Toulouse. This assistance was renewed led to an for three A319s being assembled by Airbus in Hamburg.
Local, flexible service
Bruno Delile, Senior VP Business Development, said: "AFI established a relationship of mutual trust based on awareness of customer's expectations, local presence, and flexible solutions. Our large capabilities associated with our logistic network are ideally suited to the needs of an airline seeking to expand into new markets linking Europe and Africa."
EASA Part 145 in its sights
Afriqiyah Airways sees AFI as the ideal partner to help it optimize fleet component support and ultimately to help it obtain EASA Part 145 certification, the European benchmark that regulates repair activities. "It is essential for us to benefit from the services of a key MRO provider toward our aim for preserving a reliable fleet" said Afriqiyah Airways CEO, Captain Sabri Abdallah. "We trust AFI would offer serve a high quality support services that help fulfilling our aims."
About Afriqiyah Airways
Afriqiyah Airways is a Libyan carrier founded in 2001 whose Tripoli hub currently serves destinations in Africa and middle east such as Bamako, Cotonou, Douala, Niamey, Lagos, Lomé, Abidjan, Accra, Dakar, Bangi, N’Djamena, Khartoum, Ouagadougou, Jeddah and Cairo,as well as some main cities in Europe – Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Rome and Düsseldorf.
About AFI and KLM E&M
Air France Industries 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 15,000, offering comprehensive repair capability, integration expertise, component pool operational support and a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 900 aircraft and serve upwards of 150 major international airlines.
Working with Air France Consulting, the MRO is helping return the company’s aircraft, damaged during the recent Libyan hostilities, to revenue service.
Within the frame of this multi-years agreement, AFI is expecting to perform up to twenty five shop visits.
The deal involves component repair, pool access and a main base kit at London Heathrow.
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