European regional carrier HOP! signs new turboprop fleet component support deal with AFI KLM E&M.
Paris Le Bourget, Amstelveen, 18 June 2013 - Following talks with several MROs earlier this year, HOP!-AIRLINAIR has signed a long-term component support contract with AFI KLM E&M covering a total 23 aircraft: 17 ATR 42s and 6 ATR 72s. The per flight hour contract includes repairs and access to a spares pool. The contract renews a previous agreement between AFI KLM E&M and Airlinair signed in 2009. In early 2013, Airlinair formed an alliance with Brit Air and Regional, to create HOP!, the new European regional carrier.
Optimized ATR offer
A special feature has been introduced to adapt the service rates according to the components removal rate. Reflecting AFI KLM E&M's outstanding adaptability, this solution guarantees substantial savings for clients, in addition to the shorter TAT delivered by the MRO.
Franck Terner, AFI President, said: "The trust Hop! has placed in us sends a strong signal to the market confirming the competitiveness and cost-effectiveness of our ATR components services."
Lionel Guérin, Chairman and CEO of HOP!, said: "It is important for us to be able to rely on a major MRO like AFI KLM E&M as over time, we have been able to measure the service quality, close relations and responsiveness."
HOP! is a 100% subsidiary of Air France. HOP! controls 100% of the three airlines HOP!-REGIONAL, HOP!-BRIT AIR and HOP!-AIRLINAIR which operate on its behalf. It operates approximately 530 daily flights with each subsidiary airline's own fleet (Embraer for HOP!-REGIONAL, Bombardier for HOP!-BRIT AIR and ATR for HOP!-AIRLINAIR). HOP! has an air operator's certificate (AOC) and a license to market the flights. Each subsidiary airline retains its status as an airline and the related regulatory attributes (license and AOC).