Paris, Amstelveen, 9 July 2013 - AFI KLM E&M and KLM Cityhopper have signed a maintenance agreement covering the regional carrier's Fokker 70 fleet. In addition to heavy maintenance checks, the contract also includes modification work on the same aircraft type. The work will be carried out by KLM UK Engineering, a KLM subsidiary within AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network specialized in regional and narrow body aircraft maintenance.
Strengthened partnership relations
The present agreement carries on from the accord signed in November 2012 involving KLM UK Engineering line maintenance for KLM Cityhopper's Fokker 70s at all UK outstations except Aberdeen. The carrier is thus maintaining its trust in KLM UK Engineering, seen as a reliable partner able to deliver top-quality services within optimized lead-times.
Boet Kreiken, Managing Director, KLM Cityhopper, said: "Given the track record and professional and industrial drive for continuous improvement in quality, throughput time and cost, we have full confidence that KLM UK Engineering will continue to fulfill and exceed its contractual performance to the benefit of our operating airline." Paul Chün, KLM UK Engineering Managing Director, added: "This new cooperation agreement with KLM Cityhopper, one of Europe's major regional airlines, is a further demonstration of our skills and know-how. We are delighted to be putting the relationship between our two groups on a more permanent footing."
About KLM Cityhopper
KLM Cityhopper, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KLM group, was established in 1991 and operates 100.000 flights per year in a high frequency fast turnaround operation.. From its hub at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Cityhopper operates short-haul flights with Embraer and Fokker aircraft to 49 destinations around Europe with latest additions Alesund (Norway) and Manston/Kent (UK)..
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.
About KLM UK Engineering
KLM UK Engineering Limited is a leading regional aircraft and narrow body MRO, wholly owned by KLM and member of the AFI KLM E&M Network. Services include base maintenance, line maintenance, component sales, technical training and decommissioning of Airbus A320's, Boeing 737's, Fokker 50/70/100 and BAe146/Avro RJ's. KLM UKE has been based at Norwich International Airport for 40 years and employs approximately 375 people, plus has line stations at Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester, from which also other UK outstations are served for KLM Cityhopper's fleet of Fokker and Embraer aircraft and KLM's fleet of 737 aircraft. KLM UKE prides itself on having an experienced and skilled work force, delivering a superior service and high quality product at a competitive price.