Reunion airline steps up partnership with AFI KLM E&M adding 787 to its portfolio.
Paris, Amstelveen, 14 March 2016 - Air Austral has signed a wide-ranging contract for the two Boeing 787 aircraft scheduled to enter its fleet in spring 2016. The agreement includes component support, engineering and Maintenance Control Services (MCS) components, plus light and line maintenance services. AFI KLM E&M will support the airline's Reunion-based teams locally to bring the two aircraft into service.
AFI KLM E&M Major 787 MRO
Under the terms of the contract, AFI KLM E&M, the world leader for 787 component maintenance, will provide support for the all-composite new-generation aircraft. "Air Austral will benefit from the expertise of staff at our brand-new Hélios engineering facility, opened in 2015 to extend our aero structures and composites capabilities," said Fabrice Defrance, AFI KLM E&M SVP Commercial. "We are delighted to strengthen our long-standing relationship with Air Austral and to demonstrate our 787 capabilities with this multi-dimensional contract." M. Pierre Bosse, Chief Operating Officer at Air Austral, added: "With its excellent level of technical punctuality, we were already highly satisfied with the 777 support provided by AFI KLM E&M. So we are quite naturally maintaining our partnership and strengthening it with support for our 787s."
About Air Austral
Air Austral is a Reunion airline mainly operating in the South West Indian Ocean region, which it serves from Roland-Garros (formerly Gillot) International airport near Saint-Denis de La Réunion. It operates a fleet of Boeing aircraft - 737s and 777s - and two ATR 72s. The airline employs over 900 staff, based in Reunion and continental France. It has IOSA certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and has been a member of the Vanilla airline alliance since its creation in 2015. Air Austral also commemorated its 25th anniversary in 2015.