Paris, Amstelveen, 19 April 2012 – Midwest Airlines and AFI KLM E&M have signed a long term engine support contract for the CFM56-7 engines equipping the Egyptian airline's two 737NG aircraft. The agreement covers shop visits and the supply of spare engines.
Strengthened Egyptian presence
This is the first time that AFI KLM E&M has worked with Midwest Airlines. With this contract the Egyptian carrier has found the assurance of benefiting from a top-quality service rooted in the knowledge and experience acquired by AFI KLM E&M as an operator of 737-800 aircraft. The extent of AFI KLM E&M's logistics network and its ability to design and deliver solutions tailored to the specific needs of carriers at lower cost are additional guarantees of trust and peace of mind for Midwest Airlines, whose aircraft operate in Pakistan.
Rob Pruim, AFI KLM E&M Vice President Sales International is thrilled with this agreement, saying that it "enables AFI KLM E&M to gain a bigger foothold in this region, and to achieve greater coverage of Egypt, with its scheduled and/or charter airlines. As an MRO service provider backed by an airline operating large numbers of 737NG aircraft, AFI KLM E&M has a vast amount of experience on this product and can offer high value-added services to its Egyptian client."
Nathan Smith, Midwest Airlines Head of Maintenance & Engineering, said that he "greatly appreciated working with such a well-known and valued MRO group, especially for this type of engine. I am convinced that AFI KLM E&M, thanks to its services, will contribute significantly to the increased safety and operational availability of our aircraft."
About Midwest Airlines
Founded in 1997 with a fleet initially comprising two Airbus A310s, Midwest Airlines is an Egyptian airline based in Cairo. After discontinuing operations in 2004, Midwest Airlines was officially sold in May 2009. Following a restructuring and a reorganization begun in September 2009 the airline was able to resume operations. Since then it has operated charter flights, mainly between Egypt and Europe. Its two 737-800s are currently operated in Pakistan under an ACMI wet lease to Shaheen Air.
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 over 14,000, offering comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 1,300 aircraft operated by 150 major international airlines.
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