Rolls-Royce and AFI KLM E&M have announced a mutually beneficial agreement covering maintenance of the Trent XWB engine, the latest flagship product from the UK engine maker, which powers the Airbus A350 XWB. Under a maintenance program coordinated by Rolls-Royce, AFI KLM E&M is to develop industrial capabilities dedicated to the Trent XWB and repair solutions devoted to Rolls-Royce engine parts and components.
Paris, Amstelveen, Le Bourget, 21 June 2017 - Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Rolls-Royce today announced AFI KLM E&M is to become part of Rolls Royce CareNetwork.
Optimizing A350 maintenance
With 25 aircraft on order and options for a further 25, the Air France KLM group will be a major operator of the A350 powered by the Trent XWB. The maintenance of these engines will be entrusted to AFI KLM E&M. In addition, AFI KLM E&M and Rolls-Royce will extend their cooperation to the sphere of repairs on Rolls-Royce engine parts and components.
Air France KLM will be supported under a long-term service support agreement with Rolls-Royce, while Rolls-Royce will support Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to implement Trent XWB engine overhaul capability in Paris.
Trent 1000 and Trent XWB parts repair
Based on AFI KLM E&M experience as an airline-MRO with proven expertise in developing innovative repair processes, Rolls-Royce and AFI KLM E&M will deliver value as a Rolls-Royce parts repair supplier . First repairs to be implemented by AFI KLM E&M are Trent 1000 LPC shaft and IPC front stub shafts, and Trent 1000/Trent XWB Tiled Combustion chambers.
Cooperation to benefit A350 fleet operators
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President - Civil Aerospace, said: "We are delighted that Air France KLM opted for the A350 and the Trent XWB for their long-haul operations. This agreement paved the way for AFI KLM E&M to develop capabilities on Trent XWB MRO. We welcome them as part of the Rolls-Royce CareNetwork."
Anne Brachet, Executive Vice President, AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, added: "We are delighted to join the CareNetwork. Thanks to the engineering capabilities and repairs that we will be developing in partnership with Rolls-Royce, we will bring greater value for the Trent engines products, destined for a long and brilliant career."
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