Paris, Amstelveen, 11 September 2008. Following a request for proposal for the renewal of the component support for its fleet of CRJ100 and CRJ700 Bombardier Regional Jets, Brit Air has selected Air France Industries (AFI), whose tender met the optimum mix of economic and operational criteria.
The contract involves managing component repair and overhaul of a large array of Line Replaceable Components as well as associated transportation and logistics support to and from Brit Air’s operating bases.
While Brit Air will maintain the new aircraft in its facilities, AFI will use the run-up period to prepare MRO capabilities for the new aircraft, which offers attractive business development potential.
AFI's global offering expands
According to Bruno Delile, Vice-President, Industrial & Business Development at Air France Industries, "the contract signed with Brit Air gives us the opportunity to build our MRO capability on this new aircraft types, enabling us to expand our global offering."
"The fact that Brit Air is a subsidiary of Air France does not mean we had to work with its MRO arm," said Brit Air Vice-President, Alain Huberdeau."We opted to work with AFI KLM E&M above all because of its proven track record in component support and the acknowledged quality of its AOG Desk."
About Brit Air
Founded in 1973, Brit Air is a French regional airline that operates flights to around 45 destinations. It has been a subsidiary of Air France since 2000, and has located its regional hub at Lyon-St Exupéry airport, flying over 275 legs each day. Its fleet already includes 15 CRJ-100s and 15 CRJ-700s. In 2010, Brit Air shall be the launch airline for the latest Bombardier regional jet, the CRJ-1000.
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 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.