Brazilian carrier signed new contract for CFM56-7 engines as part of broader maintenance partnership.
Paris, Amstelveen, 25 April 2017 - AFI KLM E&M and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes announce a further step in their long-standing, long-term partnership. In 2016, AFI KLM E&M has been selected by GOL as a strategic provider for part of its fleet of 122 Boeing Next-Generation 737s, handling CFM56-7 maintenance and repairs at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In accordance with such agreement, AFI KLM E&M have started to receive the awarded engines from January 2017.
"It was essential for us to bring efficiency to our engine maintenance and minimize TAT," explained Julio Perotti, Head of Supply Chain at GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. "We also wanted uncompromising support on quality and reliability. The engines contract that we have signed with AFI KLM E&M meets these requirements and we have every confidence in the transparent partnership relationship binding our two groups."
A stronger commercial and maintenance partnership
In 2014, to strengthen the commercial cooperation between the two groups, AIR FRANCE KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes signed an exclusive long-term strategic partnership agreement that also organizes increased cooperation in the aircraft maintenance sphere. "By entrusting us CFM56-7 engine support, GOL has confirmed the strategic relation between our two groups" said Ton Dortmans, Executive Vice President KLM E&M.
"We are happy to further strengthen this robust partnership and have every intention of proving once more the quality and high performance levels of our support," added Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial AFI KLM E&M.
About GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
As the largest Brazilian airline, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. operates more than 750 flights daily to 63 destinations, including 10 international services to South America and the Caribbean. It operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737-700s and 737-800 aircraft - the safest, most cost-effective and economical of their category. Its SMILES frequent flyer program allows members to earn air miles and obtain airline tickets to over 700 destinations worldwide thanks to flight connections with partner airlines. GOL also operates Gollog, a logistics and cargo business providing services in 3,500 towns and cities in Brazil and eight international centers. With its innovative portfolio of products and services, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes posts the market's best cost/earnings ratio.