AFI KLM E&M and Air Caraïbes Atlantique have announced the signing of a long-term agreement covering total care support for the airline’s A330 and A350 fleets.
The contract includes line maintenance, A-checks and C-checks, component support (repairs, pool access, Main Base Kit) and engineering support for the aircraft, their engines and components.
AFI KLM E&M has built up a comprehensive, competitive MRO service offer dedicated to new-generation aircraft such as the A380, the A350 and the Boeing 787, which all have been ordered by parent airlines Air France and KLM. Basing itself on its operational experience of the product as an airline MRO, on its industrial base and dedicated resources, the MRO group is able to offer services of high technical quality, tailored to the needs and requirements of operating airlines. The 787 Component Support offer has already been taken up by close to a dozen airlines worldwide.
Franck Terner, Executive Vice-President Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: “We are very pleased with the signing of the world first A350 full support contract. Air Caraïbes Atlantique will operate the A350 as per end of 2016, and entrusting the maintenance and overhaul of their aircraft to us shows the trust they have placed in our MRO expertise for new generation platforms.”
Anne Brachet, Executive Vice-President Air France Industries added: “On the strength of our highly skilled teams and our MRO-Airline profile, we will offer a dedicated and competitive support scheme to Air Caraïbes, covering all maintenance needs for their A330 and A350 fleets”.
Marc Rochet, Chief Executive Officer Air Caraïbes Atlantique, said: “AFI KLM E&M came up with the most competitive and worthwhile offering that combined the strength of its international network with extensive local resources. Their proposal was structured around important guarantees for us in terms of reliability and availability for our aircraft, and we know that their experience as an airline/MRO will help it to deliver ever more effective maintenance services tailored to our needs.”
The Dubreuil Group is a diversified family-owned group and a main shareholder in Air Caraïbes, whose activity generates around one-third of Group turnover. Set up in 2000 by Jean-Paul Dubreuil, Air Caraïbes initially developed as a regional Caribbean network, operating inter-island flights, before launching transatlantic operations in 2003. These flights are operated under the Air Caraïbes Atlantique brand name, and serve Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Saint Martin, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti from Paris.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider. With a 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 1,500 aircraft operated by 200 major international and domestic airlines.