EPCOR Maintains APUs in 30 Days

Paris, Amstelveen, 6 February, 2008 – EPCOR, wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, has been able to maintain Auxiliary Power Units within thirty days.

Delivery within 30 days is an outstanding achievement. “We were able to lean our processes in such a way that we could reduce the number well below 30. We have proven that the leaned processes work and that we can repeat this result for any other customer “explains Paul Chun, Managing Director EPCOR. “The lack of available parts worldwide is an additional complicating factor. It therefore takes most shops significantly longer to deliver an APU. ”

Ultimate test were the Boeing 777 APU’s of Saudi Arabian Airlines. "Thanks to our potential partner EPCOR for the accurate delivery we have prevented operational delays" said, Mr. Abdulahad Al-Turkistany, General Manager Aircraft Component Overhaul of Saudi Arabian Airlines' Technical Services.

Saudi Arabian Airlines started in 1945 and has grown to be one of the largest airlines in the world with about 150 aircraft in service. The airline operates flights to more than 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

European Pneumatic Component Overhaul & Repair (EPCOR) B.V. is a repair and overhaul facility for auxiliary power units, air cycle machines (also B777), environmental control system components, engine starters, leading edge flap drive units, air driven pumps and other pneumatic components installed in all models of large commercial aircraft (100 passengers or more). EPCOR is a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance.

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.