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15/05/2017 - Congo Airways Contracts With AFI KLM E&M For Two A320 C-Checks

Maintenance checks to be carried out by ATI, the AFI KLM E&M network's Moroccan bridgehead.

Paris, Amstelveen, 15 May 2017 - Congo Airways has decided to entrust AFI KLM E&M with C-Checks for the two A320s that the airline operates on domestic routes. The C-checks are scheduled for this spring and will take place in Morocco, at the Aerotechnic Industries (ATI) facility at Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca. ATI is a 50/50 joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Royal Air Maroc which specializes in aircraft maintenance.

Close partnership
This latest contract is a continuation of the mutually beneficial relationship between Congo Airways, AFI KLM E&M, and the AIR FRANCE KLM group. Via its Air France Consulting subsidiary, the Group supported the Congolese government when the airline was being set up, while AFI KLM E&M was already partnering Congo Airways for line maintenance at its Kinshasa hub, along with engines, component, and aero structures support for its two A320s.

An airline on the up
Commenting on the award of the contract, Mr Désiré Balazire Bantu, Congo Airways CEO, said: "Combined with the positive and constructive relations we already have, the very competitive positioning of the AFI KLM E&M tender was a decisive factor in our choice. At a time when we are expanding fast, with the forthcoming addition of a third A320 to our fleet, we more than ever need to be able to rely on an MRO partner with acknowledged expertise at international level."

Tommaso Auriemma, Chief Executive Officer Aerotechnic Industries, added: "We are pleased and proud to have won this new contract with Congo Airways. This young airline is ahead of the curve in its development plan - a sign that it is meeting the large-scale mobility needs expressed by its customers in the Congo, and elsewhere in the region. And we will make sure we support them with maximum efficiency in growing their operations."

About Congo Airways
Incorporated on 15 August 2014 and operating out of Ndjili International Airport in Kinshasa, flag carrier Congo Airways is the outcome of the government's aim to promote fare structures that will encourage the country's social and economic integration through the large-scale movement of people and goods. With its ambition of becoming a leading player in the Congolese aviation sector, Congo Airways benefitted from the support of French airline group AIR FRANCE KLM. Initially, Congo Airways operated only on domestic routes, serving five destinations, before extending its coverage to 15 other destinations and ultimately intending to set up an international route network. www.congoairways.com

About Aerotechnic Industries (ATI)
Covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Aerotechnic Industries (ATI) boasts state-of-the-art medium-haul maintenance infrastructure. ATI is a 50/50 joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and is the outcome of 30 years' unwavering partnership.
The two airlines have now decided to pool their long experience with medium-haul fleets as airline-MROs. Housed at RAM's Moroccan facilities at Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca, ATI offers clients its 2-bay A320 and 737NG overhaul capabilities, from C-Checks to D-Checks, carried out by 150 highly-qualified mechanics.


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