Paris, Amstelveen, 19 February 2014 - Following the internal applicable awarding procedure TAROM, Romania's leading airline, designated AFI to provide component support services for its nine ATR42 and ATR72 aircraft. TAROM Vice President Maintenance and Engineering-Mr. Eugen Nicolescu said: "We chose AFI because they were the group that provided the best response to our operational requirements and made us a most competitive offer. The reputation and proven technical expertise of AFI did the rest."
The signature once again confirms attractiveness of the AFI product and service offer on the regional fleet market, where maintenance requirements are growing strongly. Anne Brachet, EVP Air France Industries, said she was delighted by the trust shown by TAROM, a Sky Team member airline since 2010, adding: "We are very happy to support TAROM's growth in this way. The contract will also allow us to make our commercial comeback in the Balkans, strengthening our positioning with airlines based in Southern and Eastern Europe."
Vice President AFI, Product, Strategy and Development for Materials and Services, Franck Becker added: "This is a further sign of the competitiveness of the AFI offering for ATRs, and for regional fleets in general. Turboprops are a growing sector, with a rising number of aircraft in service worldwide, but a few alternative support offers to OEMs. Airline MROs like AFI have a lot to offer when it comes to attracting a regional client base".
TAROM is Romania's flag carrier. It operates domestic, international and charter flights to over 40 destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The Romanian State represented by the Ministry of Transports owns 97,05 % of the airline. It has a fleet of 24 aircraft and in 2012 carried 2.19 million passengers. On 25 June 2010, it joined the SkyTeam Alliance, and its Miles Smart frequent flyer program was merged with Air France-KLM's Flying Blue.
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, aero structure and FTR support, 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.
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