South East Asian Dreamliner launch airline opts for MRO's new offering.
Paris Le Bourget, Amstelveen, 18 June 2013 - Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and AFI KLM E&M have inked a long-term engineering partnership agreement to support the entry into service of RB's fleet of five (5) Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Under the partnership agreement, AFI KLM E&M will provide RB with a wide range of engineering services including fleet technical support, component spares and repair services.
Dedicated pool in the heart of the region
AFI KLM E&M has demonstrated its Adaptiveness® in delivering a tailor made maintenance and support solution to meet the unique requirements of RB. Under the agreement, 787 components will be located by AFI KLM E&M at multiple locations to support RB operations and ensure continuity of service.
Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB stated: "This partnership agreement with AFI KLM E&M is an important step in the entry into service process for our new fleet of 787 Dreamliners. RB is launch customer for 787 in South East Asia. Over time, with the help of AFI KLM E&M, we are targeting to create an engineering centre of excellence for this aircraft type right here in Brunei."
Rob Pruim, AFI KLM E&M Senior VP Sales International, said: "We are honored with the trust shown by RB, a customer we know well through existing working relationships. This agreement will enable AFI KLM E&M to expand its position by creating a 787 spares pool in the region. We will now be able to support much more effectively the operations of our customers in South East Asia."
About Royal Brunei Airlines
The flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei, RB was founded in 1974 and is wholly-owned by the government of Brunei. It has five Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order and will be the aircraft's launch airline in South East Asia. From its hub at Brunei International Airport, Royal Brunei Airlines serves a number of regional and international destinations in Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the UK, among others.