After contracts for component support and A-Checks, the French carrier has now entrusted overhauls of its two CF6-80E1 powerplants to AFI KLM E&M.
Paris, Amstelveen, 04 April 2019 - The shop visits for the two XL Airways CF6-80E1 engines will be handled one after the other by teams at Amsterdam in the first quarter of 2019. During this period, the A330-303 will be equipped with a replacement powerplant provided by AFI KLM E&M. For the carrier, this was a strong argument as there is a shortage of this engine type on the market.
Jean-Pierre Fachinetti, Vice President Maintenance & Engineering at XL Airways said: "Thanks to the availability of this replacement engine, and that of the ramp teams, we will be able to guarantee operational continuity throughout the shop visits, with very little AOG downtime. We have worked with AFI KLM E&M for years and are delighted with their support operations. This latest service contract demonstrates AFI KLM E&M's ability to align with our own operational requirements."
Over ten years' cooperation
Throughout this cooperation, AFI KLM E&M has been able to keep abreast of changes in the XL Airways fleet. Last year, the MRO also won the component support and A-Checks contracts for all four XL Airways Airbus A330s.
Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial, AFI KLM E&M, added: "XL Airways is a long-standing customer of ours. We are already maintaining their components from their base at Paris-CDG and we have an excellent working relationship. With this latest contract, we will continue to provide them with the best possible service."
About XL Airways
XL Airways is a French airline specializing in services to long-haul destinations, with over twenty years' service to its customers. Based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, it carries close to 800,000 passengers annually to the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the United States and Israel. It also operates flights from Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse to the Caribbean and La Réunion, as well as flights from Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Lyon, Nantes, Lille and Brest to the Caribbean. In addition to its scheduled flights, it operates charter flights all year round for leading French and European tour operators.