TAP M&E and AFI KLM E&M Expand Their Collaboration

Paris Le Bourget, 19 June 2013 - TAP Maintenance & Engineering and AFI KLM E&M recently renewed and expanded their mutual confidence to their respective services. The two partners adjusted the perimeter of their collaboration, which now covers the repair support for A330-340 components and support of APU equipping TAP Portugal's fleet of A330/A340 to be performed by AFI KLM E&M. Also, within the frame of the partnership between TAP M&E and AFI KLM E&M, TAP M&E will provide heavy maintenance services for A330s and A340s of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group fleets.

Long-term relationship
AFI KLM E&M and TAP M&E have an enduring aircraft maintenance connection: for over 15 years, the two partners have worked together on numerous programs. Convinced by AFI KLM E&M know-how with the performance of its component support solutions and its expertise in APU maintenance, carried out by its specialist subsidiary EPCOR, TAP M&E decided to extend the relationship for the long term. Carlos Ruivo, Vice-President Marketing & Sales from TAP Maintenance & Engineering, said: "Our two MRO's have been working together for many years now and we have complete confidence in AFI KLM E&M's ability to take our needs into account and deliver top quality maintenance services in terms of cost and quality that complement our MRO business activities. On the other hand we are delighted for the trust that AFI KLM E&M deposits in TAP M&E airframe work quality and efficiency which allowed putting our win-win relationship on a long-term."

Responsiveness and adaptiveness
AFI KLM E&M will carry out repair works - as well as spare parts standard exchange or leasing if necessary - of components for which TAP M&E does not perform inhouse. Fabrice Defrance, AFI KLM E&M Senior VP Commercial, said: "TAP M&E has been enjoying our responsiveness and adaptiveness® for now some long time and today confirms its decision to get some significant AFI KLM E&M services; as an airline MRO, we have also enjoyed in the past the quality of the airframe services that TAP M&E offered and we are quite satisfied to extend such services with this strong mutual agreement"
Romain Helmer, EPCOR managing director, added: "We are very delighted to welcome TAP M&E as our new customer. We will strive to be worthy of the trust they have placed in us by being an adaptive and reliable partner for A330/A340 APU Maintenance."

About TAP M&E
TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) is the MRO of TAP Portugal, the Lisbon based operator. TAP M&E, in its Lisbon Base, offers a vast span of services ranging from line maintenance to heavy maintenance checks, engine overhaul, components maintenance, engineering and planning services, material support and integrated maintenance packages, for Airbus A300-600, A310, A330, A340 and A320 family; and for the engine models CFM56-3,-5A,-5B,-5C,-7B and CF6-80C2/A/B. TAP M&E is a member of Airbus MRO Network.
www.tap-mro.com

About AFI KLM E&M
Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the AIR FRANCE KLM merger, are major 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.
www.afiklmem.com  or  mobile.afiklmem.com

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