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04/03/2014 - AFI KLM E&M to Paint Etihad Aircraft

Contract covers five 777-200LRs currently being integrated into the Etihad airline's fleet

Paris, Amstelveen, 4 March 2014 - After a call for tenders by Etihad Airways, AFI KLM E&M is to repaint five Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Initially drafted for the existing 777-300 fleet, the contract was amended after the airline decided to take delivery of five new 777-200 aircraft. In addition to the painting process (stripping, sanding, painting and coating of the fuselage, vertical fin, stabilizer, engines and wings) the contract involves creating the technical drawings for 777-200 livery.

Know-how and responsiveness
Under the agreement, the 777-200 aircraft will be liveried in the AFI KLM E&M paint shop at Schiphol airport between February and April 2014. Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial AFI KLM E&M, said: "We are very happy to be working with an airline as important as Etihad Airways. We will strive to provide the best and closest support possible for the airline as it grows and develops." Jeff Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Technical at Etihad Airways, said: "In addition to their proven technical expertise in this area, we appreciate the flexibility and responsiveness shown by AFI KLM E&M in meeting our requirements to deliver the aircraft on time."

About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried nearly 12 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 102 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 89 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The airline has more than 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s, and 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Jet Airways. Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia and 33.3 per cent of Darwin Airline in Q1 2014.

For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com 

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