Paris, Amstelveen, November 13, 2007 – Pegasus Airlines chooses KLM Engineering & Maintenance (KLM E&M) for overhauling five of its CFM56-7B engines, with an option of two more. KLM E&M will provide two lease engines to Pegasus Airlines as part of the program.
Pegasus Airlines, a very well-known private airline based in Istanbul, Turkey, was founded in 1990. Its fleet consists of 15 aircraft (10 B.737-800, 3 B.737-500 and 2 B.737-400). Pegasus Airlines has an extensive network, serving 150 airports in 25 countries. In the next few years, Pegasus Airlines intends to triple the number of passengers transported in 2007.
Mr. Ridvan Goktay, Pegasus Airlines Technical Director said: “The choice was easy. We needed a real partner and we have found one, KLM E&M was the first airline MRO to overhaul the CFM56-7B engine and has meanwhile built up significant experience. KLM E&M provides us with the right expertise, combined with very good service and high flexibility. And that’s exactly what we need.
Mr. Rob Pruim, KLM E&M Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Services said: “This new contract further strengthens Air France Industries – KLM E&M’s position in Turkey. Pegasus Airlines will benefit from the new KLM Engine Shop with its enhanced processes and engineering capabilities on the CFM56-7B engine. It is a great honour for us to have been chosen by this successful airline, and we wish to contribute to its progressive growth.”
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.