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15/06/2015 - With Vietnam Airlines AFI KLM E&M Scores 10th 787 Component Support Contract

New agreement confirms AFI KLM E&M's market leadership position.

Paris, Amstelveen, 15 June 2015 - Vietnam Airlines has signed a long-term component support contract for its new fleet of Boeing 787-9s and Boeing 787-10s, which will upgrade its long-haul fleet. A total of nineteen aircraft are on order, the first of which will go into revenue service in summer 2015. The present contract includes a guaranteed access to AFI KLM E&M worldwide pool of 787 spare parts, repair and overhaul of components, and logistics to support Vietnam Airlines 787 fleet operations.

A powerful partner for an operational challenge
Introducing a new aircraft in a fleet always represents a considerable operational challenge, and the Vietnamese airline needed a nimble partner ready to operate at considerable speed. Mr Pham Ngoc Minh, President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines said: "AFI KLM E&M has been providing us with maintenance services for over twenty years and is a valuable ally. On the basis of past experience, we have every confidence in the robust service delivered by AFI KLM E&M."

AFI KLM E&M market leader for 787 component support
Vietnam Airlines is the tenth airline to entrust its 787 component support to AFI KLM E&M, and the fifth airline in Asia. In all, AFI KLM E&M will be servicing a fleet of 162 aircraft, making it the leader on this market. "The large number of 787s we support and the related scale effects helped us offer very competitive 787 services, said Mr Franck Terner, EVP Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance. For this contract, Vietnam Airlines was also convinced by the multiple benefits of our unique dual profile as 787 MRO and 787 operator. With the signing of this important contract, we are honored to be able to strengthen our long-term cooperation with Vietnam Airlines."

About Vietnam Airlines
Vietnam Airlines is Vietnam's flag carrier. Headquartered in Hanoi, it plies 94 routes to 21 domestic and 29 international destinations, with over 300 flights daily. It operates a young fleet, mainly comprising Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s and A321s, and aims to renew and extend its fleet with new-generation aircraft such as the Airbus A350XWB and Boeing 787-9. As an official member of the SkyTeam Alliance since 2010, Vietnam Airlines was also the first SkyTeam airline in South East Asia.

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