The British airline has once again opted for AFI KLM E&M to provide component support for its fleet of A350-1000s.
Paris, Amstelveen, June 12, 2019 - AFI KLM E&M and Virgin Atlantic have signed a support services agreement for the airline's new fleet of twelve A350-1000 aircraft, the first unit of which will be delivered this summer. This flight-hour support contract covers repairs, access to a pool of spare parts and the provision of a Main Base Kit in London.
More than 20 years of trusted partnership
Having already selected AFI KLM E&M for component support services for its current fleet of Boeing 787, 747 and Airbus A330/A340 aircraft, Virgin Atlantic has demonstrated its continued confidence in the partnership by signing this long-term contract. By doing so, the airline is guaranteeing itself high-end services for its recently acquired aircraft.
Phil Wardlaw, Vice President Engineer & Maintenance at Virgin Atlantic, stated: "We're delighted to be strengthening our relationship with AFI KLM E&M, whose expertise and flexible services have been an asset to us for the past 20 years. Moreover, we know that AFI KLM E&M already has proven experience in providing support services for this new product - an added plus that helped seal our decision."
Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial at AFI KLM E&M, added: "We're very satisfied to observe that more and more operators of Airbus A350 aircraft are soliciting our services. With this new partnership, we're firstly consolidating our partnership with Virgin Atlantic, and also our positioning in a fast-growing market segment."
About Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson 35 years ago with innovation and customer service at its core. Today Virgin Atlantic carries 5.4 million customers annually, and was recently voted Britain's only Global Five Star Airline by APEX two years running in the Official Airline Ratings. Headquartered in London, Virgin Atlantic employs over 10,000 people worldwide and operates a fleet of 46 aircraft serving 27 destinations across four continents. Since 2014, Virgin Atlantic and joint venture partner Delta Air Lines operate a leading transatlantic network - offering up to 38 flights per day between the UK and US with onward connections to over 200 US and international cities. In 2019 Virgin Atlantic will take delivery of their first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft - helping to transform the fleet into one of the quietest and most fuel efficient in the sky. Virgin Atlantic recently achieved the highest sustainability ranking of any airline globally with an A- Leadership rating in the 2018 Carbon Disclosure Project performance assessment.