Spairliners awarded by HOP! for E-Jet after-sales component services

June 19, 2013
Spairliners is a Joint Venture between Air France Industries (50 percent) and Lufthansa Technik (50 percent).

Hamburg/Paris, June 18, 2013 - Today, Spairliners GmbH has announced its new contract with the regional airline HOP!-REGIONAL which includes the long term support of 26 E-170 and E-190 aircraft. Since two month Spairliners, known as the market leader for Airbus A380 Integrated Component Care, additionally provides an equal spectrum to the E-Jet family of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. With the latest contract the company now has 10 regional airlines under contract.

"The expansion of our portfolio, with the integration of E-Jet component services is the result of our continuous success with our A380 Integrated Component Care program. This success has enabled us to take on a new challenge and allows us to grow with the addition of Embraer airline customers", Andre Schulte-Bisping, CFO at Spairliners says. "The after-sales component service for E-Jets is an integral part of our growth strategy", summarizes CEO, Olivier Mazzucchelli. "Our approved business model now brings out an advantageous solution for all E-Jet operating airlines and additionally, an alternative to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). We are expecting to have more than 200 E-Jet aircraft under contract in 2014, including E-Jets from our mother companies AIR FRANCE KLM and Lufthansa."

With its new E-Jet inventory and continual development within the project, Spairliners receives full support from two well respected MROs (Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik) and their comprehensive spare part stock. Lionel Guérin, HOP! Chairman and CEO explains: "HOP! is a very demanding customer regarding its suppliers, with a specific focus on their service level. We renewed our trust in Spairliners as they proved to be the right supplier for HOP!-REGIONAL being able to meet all our requirements." Spairliners enables its customers unlimited access to 1,100 part numbers (P/N) of the Embraer aircraft type and repairs invoiced per flight hour.

Spairliners is a Joint Venture between Air France Industries (50 percent) and Lufthansa Technik (50 percent). The company supplies all components for the aircraft type Airbus A380 and Embraer E170/175 and E190/195 to airlines. As a market leader in A380 Integrated Component Care, Spairliners provides world-renowned, leading airlines, such as Qantas, Air France, Lufthansa, and Malaysia Airlines to all corners of the world. Its service includes the supply of its spare parts inventory, management of logistics and warehousing, as well as the maintenance and repair of the aircraft components. With its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, and its logistic hub in Paris, France, the company reflects the know-how and comprehensive capabilities of proven industry leaders.

Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the Air France KLM merger, are world-leading multi-product MRO providers with a joint workforce of 14,000, offering comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul and the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports more than 1,300 aircraft and serve upwards of 150 major international airlines.

Lufthansa Technik
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with 32 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.

HOP! is a 100% subsidiary of Air France. HOP! controls 100% of the three airlines HOP!-REGIONAL, HOP!-BRIT AIR and HOP!-AIRLINAIR which operate on its behalf. It operates approximately 530 daily flights with each subsidiary airline's own fleet (Embraer for HOP!-REGIONAL, Bombardier for HOP!-BRIT AIR and ATR for HOP!-AIRLINAIR). HOP! has an air operator's certificate (AOC) and a license to market the flights. Each subsidiary airline retains its status as an airline and the related regulatory attributes (license and AOC).