Paris, Amstelveen, 20 February 2012 - Russian charter carrier Nordwind Airlines has signed an engine support contract with AFI KLM E&M covering the CF6-80C2 power plants equipping the carrier's six Boeing 767-300ERs. The agreement covers engine repair and overhaul services as well as availability and lease support.
Adapting to the customer's operational requirements
Nordwind Airlines, a relative newcomer to the Russian airline landscape, works with a wide range of tour-operators and was seeking an MRO services provider that could supply competitively-priced services and a spare engine to guarantee its operational continuity. In opting for AFI KLM E&M, Nordwind Airlines has found a reliable partner, able to offer a positive response to its unique operational requirements by releasing and shipping a spare CF6-80C2 engine to the airline's Moscow facility.
Rob Pruim, AFI KLM E&M Senior Vice-President Sales International, said: "We are delighted to sign this contract with Nordwind Airlines. This latest success further confirms the validity of AFI KLM E&M's investment in the Russian market in order to offer maintenance solutions tailored to the operational requirements of a wide range of airlines. By building on our extensive capabilities and operational experience as a group working with a parent airline, we constitute a reliable, effective partner in Russia."
"AFI KLM E&M showed its strength and ambition by winning the tough tender process. Having the support of AFI KLM E&M will help Nordwind achieving its goals," said Kubilay Akpinar, PEGAS Senior Vice-President Aviation.
Oguz Senol Yüce, Nordwind Airlines Deputy General Director, added: "I believe this is the first step of a successful and long-lasting partnership."
About Nordwind Airlines
Nordwind Airlines is a charter airline founded in May 2008 and based at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. The airline commenced revenue operations in December 2008 with three Boeing 757-200s. Currently, it operates 15 aircraft (eight Boeing 757-200s, six (CF6-powered) Boeing 767-300ERs and two A321s). From Sheremetyevo International Airport and other Russian cities it operates charter flights to several European countries and to Africa and Asia. It also provides wet lease services to other international airlines. More information at www.nordwindairlines.ru
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 and 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 more than 1,300 aircraft operated by 150 major international airlines.