Air France Industries Prepares Future by Training up to 400 Apprentices in 2007

Paris, October 18, 2007 – 200 new apprentices joined Air France Industries (AFI) in September. A signing ceremony occurred at the AF corporate HQ on 31 August which resulted on rising the number of apprentices working for AFI in 2007 to 400, up from 326 in 2006 – a 25% increase. The signing ceremony was chaired by Christine Briche, Air France Industries Executive Vice President Human Resources.

Those significant apprentice wave outlines the dedicated efforts at Air France Industries (AFI) to promote apprenticeship and other forms of on-the-job training as part of Air France Group employment policy. As well as our efficient mean of installing and developing future expertise in AFI MRO activities.

The apprenticeship program has been running for the past decade and is underpinned by extensive training facilities and a network of tutors that ensure program continuity. Today it successfully operates in all sectors at AFI. With success rates running at 95%, and nine out of ten trainees being offered employments at the end of their apprenticeship, the figures speak for themselves. June 2006 saw a major landmark, with the celebration of the 1,000th apprentice.

The theoretical courses are performed in dedicated training centers (CFA – Centres de Formation aux métiers de l'aérien) and cover all aerospace manufacture & maintenance areas.

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.