MRO's UK-based subsidiary KLM UK Engineering selected by Spanish carrier to carry out line maintenance in Edinburgh.
Paris, Amstelveen, 28 March 2012 - In early February, AFI KLM E&M signed a contract with Spanish carrier Swiftair covering line maintenance for its Boeing 737s operation in Edinburgh. AFI KLM E&M's UK subsidiary, KLM UK Engineering, which has extensive experience in the overhaul and maintenance of all models of the 737, will be responsible for inspecting, checking and where necessary carrying out repairs on the aircraft while on the ground. All levels of servicing up to A-check are included in the contract. "We are tasked with checking everything so that the aircraft can take off in complete safety," said Paul Chün, KLM UKE Managing Director.
Swiftair is a new client for AFI KLM E&M. The recently-signed contract is initially short-term, but AFI KLM E&M's strong reputation could encourage Swiftair to go further. AFI KLM E&M also aims to satisfy its new customer's expectations to the best of its ability to give it every chance of extending the breadth of the services provided: "We are going to prove to Swiftair that we are able to more than satisfy their expectations and we plan to offer them the services of KLM UKE for other maintenance or component support work," added Paul Conway, KLM UKE Sales Director.
Swiftair is a Spanish airline founded in 1986 and is a leader on the air freight and charter flight market, having added freight to its passenger services portfolio in 2002. It serves many destinations in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Its fleet comprises over 30 aircraft of varying types, including Boeing 727s and 737s, MD83s, ATR 72/42s, Embraer 120s and Metroliners. Swiftair owns an airline in Greece and a materials handling company in Morocco. It has a workforce of over 400.
About AFI KLM E&M and KLM UKE
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 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 the Norwich International Airport on the east coast of the UK 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 of 3 hangars, 5 bays and an extensive on- site workshop. KLM UK has been based in Norwich for 40 years and employs approx 350 people and prides itself on having an experienced and skilled work force, delivering a superior service and high quality product. Approvals include EASA Part 145, EASA Part 147, Bermuda DCA, Nigerian NCAA and OMAC-E 570.