Russian carrier locks in availability of spare CF6-80C2 engine.
Paris, Amstelveen, 09 October 2012 - AirBridgeCargo has renewed its trust in AFI KLM E&M by inking a long-term leasing contract for a CF6-80C2 engine. This new contract involves the provision of a spare engine all year round for the Russian carrier's Moscow-based Boeing 747-400 freighters. It will enable the client to ensure 100% service continuity during off-wing engine repair and overhaul operations.
For the past two years, AFI KLM E&M has been providing CF6-80C2 engine maintenance at its Orly facility for the two Boeing 747 freighters leased by Air France to AirBridgeCargo. "This contract is a further confirmation of the quality of our service offer and our ability to provide services tailored precisely to the client's needs. We are also delighted to be seen as a major player on the Russian market", said Pierre Teboul, AFI KLM E&M VP Sales Northern and Eastern Europe. Aleksandr Lapin, AirBridgeCargo Director of the Production Department said "The contract strengthens the already existing ties. We were satisfied with the engine maintenance services offered by AFI KLM E&M on the two Freighters we are leasing from Air France. AFI KLM E&M's CF6-80C2 expertise convinced us of the benefits of extending this partnership."
AirBridgeCargo is the largest and first Russian carrier on the scheduled international air freight market. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 747 freighters via the Russian cargo hub in Moscow. It is the first Russian airline to equip with Boeing 747s. Its present fleet comprises ten Boeing 747 freighters: eight B747-400Fs and two new Boeing 747-8Fs. The airline's lift capacity is available for carrying all types of goods, including shipments requiring special handling or a controlled temperature environment.