AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik, two market leading MROs, agreed to launch a new joint offer dedicated to component support for Embraer E-Jet family aircraft (E-170/E-175 and E-190/E-195). The two companies are currently developing an appropriate business model for the new product. Initially focusing on component services in a second step the product could also be enlarged with other services which are requested by the market.
150 aircraft already supported
The starting point for the new E-Jet services is envisaged to be in the first half of 2013. Currently, AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik are already supporting about 150 aircraft of the E-Jet family within their fleets but also of third-party customers. In developing and launching the joint offering on the world aircraft maintenance and overhaul market, AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik will be providing operators of E-Jet fleets with a reliable and competitive alternative to existing services.
Dr. Burkhard Andrich, Senior Vice President Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik, said: "The experience and know-how of the two groups, which have a global reputation for top-quality services, will guarantee the competitiveness and high performance levels of the solutions on offer."
Spairliners, a competitive model
AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik mandated their joint venture Spairliners to develop the project.
Robert Anton, SVP Component Services, Air France Industries, said:
"With its now-proven A380 component support capabilities, the Spairliners pool access model will constitute an asset for future client airlines, offering substantial scale effects."
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
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About Lufthansa Technik
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.
Spairliners is a joint venture between Air France (50 percent) and Lufthansa Technik (50 percent). The company offers a comprehensive component support solution for A380 operators. The services include the provisioning and management of the spare parts inventory and overhaul and repair of components, together with the appropriate logistics. Overall Spairliners guarantees the availability of aircraft components where required and when required. Founded in 2005, the company is headquartered in Hamburg. The operating center along with the central spare parts depot is located in Paris.