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12/01/2012 - Paul Chün appointed Managing Director, KLM UK Engineering Limited


Former EPCOR Managing Director to take up new duties in January 2012.

Paris, Amstelveen, 12 January 2012 - After five years at the helm of AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, Paul Chün is moving to a new position as Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M which specializes in maintenance solutions for regional aircraft fleets.

Paul has a Bachelor's degree in Aircraft Engineering from the HTS Technical College in Haarlem, Holland, a Master's degree in Management from the TSM Business School, and a 30-year track record in the aviation sector.


Lengthy aircraft industry experience

He started out in 1978, joining KLM Engineering & Maintenance as a trainee in aircraft maintenance. In his role as a Support engineer for Aircraft maintenance he was involved in the introduction of new aircraft amongst them Fokker 100 and Boeing 737 for KLM. As Line Maintenance Production Unit manager, he left Engineering & Maintenance to fulfil several management assignments on behalf of KLM. From 2001 to 2003 he was KLM's head of Industrial Relations, after which he returned to KLM E&M in 2003, where he was responsible for successfully rolling out Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Paul Chün retired the six sigma program as a master Blackbelt.Since 2007 he has been Managing Director of EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specialized in the maintenance and repair of pneumatic systems and auxiliary power units (APUs).

Paul Chün says he is "very proud to be taking the helm at KLM UK Engineering Limited," adding: "I hope that my knowledge of the Group's working methods and network organization will benefit KLM UK and its clients, so that we can continuously improve the way we meet and adapt to their expectations. It is a very fine company, with extensive experience and know-how in regional fleet maintenance, from Fokker commuter aircraft to Boeing 737s, and I shall strive to build on the efforts of Onno Pietersma in further strengthening the presence of KLM UK Engineering on the market."

About AFI KLM E&M and KLM UK Engineering Ltd

Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the AIR FRANCE KLM merger, are world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) providers with a joint workforce of over 14,000, offering comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 1,300 aircraft operated by 150 major international airlines.

KLM UK Engineering Limited is a leading regional aircraft and narrow bodied MRO providing EASA Part 145 services. KLM UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and part of the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance MRO network and their Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures.  KLM UK's main base is at Norwich International Airport in East Anglia, with services including base maintenance, line maintenance, component sales, technical training and decommissioning on Boeing 737, Fokker 50/70/100 and BAe 146/Avro RJ, with a facility comprising 3 hangars, 8 bays, and an extensive on-site component workshop. KLM UK has been based in Norwich for 40 years, employs approximately 350 people, and prides itself on having an experienced and skilled workforce, delivering a superior service and high quality product. Approvals include EASA Part 145, EASA Part 147, Bermuda DCA, Nigerian NCAA and OMAC-E 570.

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