Pegasus Airlines Signs With KLM UK Engineering

Paris, Amstelveen, 8 February 2013 - Pegasus Airlines has entrusted KLM UK Engineering, a KLM subsidiary operating within the AFI KLM E&M network, with a Lease hand back including painting and a C-Check on one of its Boeing 737 New Generation aircraft. This is the second time that KLM UK Engineering has carried out heavy maintenance on a Boeing 737NG belonging to the Turkish carrier. "At the request of Pegasus Airlines, we carried out this type of heavy maintenance on another of its 737NGs in October 2012," said Paul Chün, Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering. "After this first trial run, the airline said it was very satisfied with our professionalism. We are therefore extremely happy to continue our cooperation."

Acknowledged quality and efficient TATs

"Pegasus Airlines is a large airline. This contract is important for us as it not only represents an important project, but also is again an opportunity to prove our expertise and ability to manage a short TAT by applying lean processes and for which we hope can lead to closer relations in the future," added Paul Chün. "We were highly satisfied with the work carried out by KLM UK Engineering last year. This new contract is based on the acknowledged service quality of this MRO and also their ability to maintain short TATs," said Aytekin Salter, Manager Base Maintenance at Pegasus Airlines.

About Pegasus Airlines

Pegasus Airlines is a private-sector Turkish airline, set up in 1990, owned by ESAS Holding, and headed by Ali Sabanci, President, and Sertaç Haybat, Chief Executive Officer. Its first scheduled domestic flights were launched in November 2005, providing Turkish customers with easy, comfortable, and affordable air travel. Pegasus Airlines, operates in Istanbul and using Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW/ Turkey) operates 42 B737NG's and 2 B737CL's in its fleet (including its affiliates), also has placed firm purchase orders with Boeing for a total of 40 new 737-800NG aircraft, of which 35 have been delivered. Pegasus Airlines provides scheduled domestic flights as well as scheduled and charter basis international flights over 63 destinations at World.


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, AFI KLM E&M offers 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 and domestic airlines.

KLM UK Engineering Limited is a leading regional - and narrow bodied aircraft MRO providing EASA Part 145 services. KLM UK is wholly owned subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and part of the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance MRO network and their Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures. KLM UK Engineering's main base is at the Norwich International Airport on the east coast of the UK with services including base maintenance, line maintenance, component sales, technical training and decommissioning on Boeing 737, Fokker 50/70/100 and BAe 146/Avro RJ, with a facility comprising of 3 hangars, 8 bays and an extensive on- site component workshop. KLM UK Engineering has been based in Norwich for 40 years and employs approx 350 people and prides itself on having an experienced and skilled work force, delivering a superior service and high quality product. Approvals include EASA Part 145, EASA Part 147, Bermuda DCA, Nigerian NCAA and OMAC-E 570.