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15/05/2019 - MASwings Entrusts ATR72 to AFI KLM E&M

Malaysia Airlines regional sister company opts for AFI KLM E&M know-how and the local presence of its bases in Singapore to deliver component support for its ATR72-500 fleet.

Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, 15 May 2019 – Maintenance for MASwings ten aircraft will be handled at the Singapore Service Center and in the new Singapore Component Solutions shop, opened in February 2018 by AFI KLM E&M in partnership with Sabena technics. The per flight hour contract is further proof of Singapore Component Solutions expertise on ATRs. With its new local multi-product, multi-fleet operation, AFI KLM E&M continues to step up its presence on the Asia market.

A steadily-growing ATR customer portfolio
In handling maintenance for the AIR France KLM Group's Hop! fleet, AFI KLM E&M has perfected its technical and operational skills on this aircraft family. Thanks to that experience and to the many contracts awarded, its personnel can now develop maintenance programs tailored to the needs of individual customers. Throughout the world, more and more airlines are calling in the Group to maintain their ATR fleets.

Dominik Wiener-Silva
, AFI KLM E&M VP Sales Asia-Pacific, commented: "We already work with Malaysia Airlines and its fleet of 737s and A380s in Kuala Lumpur, and are delighted at this renewed mark of trust with MASwings. It also testifies to the quality of our services across the region, where fleets are constantly growing."

Aminuddin Zakaria, Chief Executive Officer of MASwings, added: "AFI KLM E & M is not new to the Malaysia Airline Group. It has already proven its ability to adapt to the operational needs of Malaysia Airlines B737 and A380. With the excellent partnership already settled in place, it is now being extended to the MASwings ATR72 fleet. We are looking forward for the seamless world-class support to be given to the ATR72 fleet moving forward. For us, it is a real asset to benefit from a maintenance facilities nearby as we gain in rapidity and efficiency in maintaining our fleet."

About MASwings
MASwings, Sabah, Sarawak and WP Labuan, leading airline specialized in regional services, began operations on 1 October 2007. With its affordable fares and a fleet of sixteen aircraft, including ten ATR72-500s and six DHC-6 400 Twin Otter, it provides air transport services for the community of Sarawak and Sabah via connections within and across between the two states in the part of the island of Borneo. Being a subsidiary of the Malaysia Aviation Group – MAG, MASwings benefits from its links with its sister company, Malaysia's national flag carrier to enable Sabah and Sarawak to enjoy extensive connectivity with the rest of the world via Malaysia Airlines global network.

About Sabena technics
Sabena technics is an independent French group specializing in aircraft maintenance, offering MRO solutions and modifications for operators of civil and military aircraft. The Group has a workforce of 2,700 on fifteen sites worldwide and offers a wide range of solutions, from aircraft maintenance to airworthiness maintenance, modifications, painting, logistics and technical training, focusing on the essential principle of satisfying its customers' requirements.

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