Air Madagascar to rely on MRO's "Full Support" expertise for successful fleet integration of its two new aircraft.
Paris, Amstelveen, 25 September 2012 - AFI KLM E&M is assisting Air Madagascar during the deployment and first few months' flight operations of two recently-acquired A340-300s. The services provided include the aircraft's preparation, re-painting in the Air Madagascar livery, transfer, and "Total Care" maintenance.
Air Madagascar has implemented its plans to restructure its network, which involves opting to operate A340s for flights to its international destinations. The Malagasy carrier has decided for AFI KLM E&M on the strength of its ability to cover all Air Madagascar's needs under a "Total Care" maintenance agreement. In the meantime, two A340-300s from Air France's fleet have been sold to Air Madagascar after carrying out the necessary cabin modification and repainting work, first at AFI KLM E&M's facilities at Orly and secondly in Amsterdam, before ferrying it to the Air Madagascar hub. The first aircraft arrived in April and has since been flying the Air Madagascar flag.
Fabrice Defrance, AFI KLM E&M Senior Vice President Commercial, said: "After renewing their commercial agreement early this year, the AIR FRANCE KLM and Air Madagascar groups are now cooperating in the Maintenance and Engineering sphere. In addition, this transaction on behalf of the Malagasy carrier illustrates and confirms AFI KLM E&M's ability to deliver comprehensive and competitive solutions in a highly-responsive manner and with top quality of services."
Large-scale Maintenance cooperation
The second aircraft has been delivered end of June under Malagasy registration 5R-EAA. It is now fully operated by Air Madagascar. AFI KLM E&M will be providing "Total Care" maintenance support for the two aircraft, which simultaneously includes engineering, aircraft, engines and component support. A program to transfer skills to Air Madagascar has been drawn up designed to extend to the Airbus A340 the maintenance capabilities of the Malagasy carrier, whose international fleet had hitherto been formed of Boeing.
For Air Madagascar, this cooperation should be a key strength at a time when the airline is reaching a major strategic turning point. The tradition of AFI KLM E&M's quality, industrial know-how and experience, plus its ability to meet a very wide range of needs, are all performance guarantees for Air Madagascar.
About Air Madagascar
Created in 1961, Air Madagascar is Madagascar's national airline. From its hub at Ivato International Airport in the capital, Antananarivo, Air Madagascar operates international flights to Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as domestic flights. In 2012, the airline has begun to restructure its network and flight schedule and has opted to operate international flights using A340s in addition to one Boeing 767.
About AFI KLM E&M
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, AFI KLM E&M offers 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 and domestic airlines.