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10/04/2019 - AFI KLM E&M partners with WestJet for GEnx support

Canadian airline WestJet entrusts maintenance of its fleet of GEnx engines to AFI KLM E&M.

Paris, Amstelveen, 10 April 2019 - AFI KLM E&M and WestJet have inked a Letter Of Intent to sign a contract for maintenance and support for the GEnx engines equipping the Canadian carrier's fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9s. AFI KLM &M will monitor WestJet's GEnx fleet using its Prognos for Engine data analysis and predictive maintenance system. This is the first major contract between the two groups.

Competitiveness and expertise

With its dual profile as an MRO and an airline operating the GEnx, AFI KLM E&M has developed a very high level of operational and technical know-how around the new-generation powerplant. Its expertise and MRO capabilities cover every aspect of GEnx overhaul and maintenance, from overhaul and test services to on-wing/on-site support, not to mention repairs to engine parts and assemblies.

Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operating Officer, said: "AFI KLM E&M's extensive knowledge of the GEnx engines, ensures WestJet and in return, our guests, will benefit from the reliable, high-quality services provided by our new partner."

Ton Dortmans, Executive Vice President KLM Engineering & Maintenance: "It is with great pride and great pleasure that we are launching this partnership with WestJet. For more than two decades, WestJet has been constantly renewing itself to better serve its customers, especially today, as it brings the 787 into its fleet. We will do our utmost to offer them the very best in support services for their GEnx engines as they begin 787 operations."

Maximum availability with Prognos

Through its service proposal, AFI KLM E&M demonstrates its ability to offer support designed to deliver optimum engine, and hence aircraft, availability, aligned with its customers' requirements. This includes tailored solutions such as the provision of a spare engine, AOG support, and engine monitoring using the AFI KLM E&M Prognos for Engine predictive maintenance system. The combination of these capabilities helps AFI KLM E&M to maximize engine time on-wing and ensure operational continuity for customer airlines.

About WestJet 

Together with WestJet's regional airline, WestJet Encore, we offer scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas. Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers' favorite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers' favorite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.
WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com


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