Part of AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network, EPCOR specializes in APU and pneumatic system support for a wide range of commercial aircraft.
Paris, Amstelveen, 30 April 2019 - The French Polynesia airline Air Tahiti Nui has entrusted AFI KLM E&M with the maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping its fleet of four Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The long-term contract includes repair and overhaul support, as well as the leasing of a spare APU when needed. All the work will be carried out by EPCOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary and part of AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network.
The contract is the latest development in a strong partnership between Air Tahiti Nui and AFI KLM E&M, which also provides component, engine and line maintenance services for the Polynesian carrier's Dreamliners.
Raymond Topin, Air Tahiti Nui Executive Vice-President Operations, said: "AFI KLM E&M being a strategic partner for our 787 operations, it was natural for us to extend our cooperation to this new area, especially with EPCOR's global reputation of excellence regarding APU support solutions."
Martijn de Vries, Managing Director of EPCOR, added: "We are very proud to be able to support Air Tahiti Nui through AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network. As shown by our track record on this latest-generation product, EPCOR provides the best quality of support worldwide for the APS5000, and we look forward to using this expertise on Air Tahiti Nui's behalf."
Air Tahiti Nui will benefit from AFI KLM E&M exclusive predictive maintenance solution: PROGNOS® for APU. Designed, built and marketed by EPCOR, this innovative offering was launched in September 2017. Just like its predecessors PROGNOS® for Engine and PROGNOS® for Aircraft, PROGNOS® for APU uses Big Data technologies to monitor the performance of APUs and predict faults, ultimately helping to rationalize maintenance work and avoid shop visits and excess costs for client airlines, a major competitive advantage.
PROGNOS® for APU is now the market-leading solution for APU predictive maintenance, monitoring more than 600 APUs around the world, including those of Air Tahiti Nui's 787.
About Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui is a French airline based in French Polynesia. It was founded in 1996 to link the archipelago to the rest of the world. From its hub at Tahiti Fa'a'a international airport, and relying on partnerships and code-share agreements, it serves 39 major destinations worldwide, Air Tahiti Nui operates a mixed fleet of Airbus A340s and Boeing 787-9s, scheduled to be gradually replaced by four Boeing 787-9s by 2019.
EPCOR is a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM NV, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group, holding 14 certificates of which EASA, FAA, CAAC, CAAV and FAR 145. Within the group EPCOR provides MRO support for the APUs and pneumatic systems of a wide range of commercial aircraft. EPCOR maintains APUs on Boeing 737NG, 777 and 787 Airbus A320 (GTCP131-9A & APS3200), A330, A340 and the APS2300 APU for the Embraer 170/190 aircraft. EPCOR is a licensed and oeM warranty approved Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney Canada (former HSPS) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) repair center. Besides the APU capability EPCOR also maintains and overhauls air cycle machines on 737, 777, 787 and Emb170/190, 787 Cabin Air Compressor (CAC), environmental control systems, starters, leading-edge flap drive units and many other pneumatic and nitrogen components installed on large commercial aircraft.