Paris, Amstelveen, 16th January 2009. As it launched its first international flights last september, Kingfisher has entrusted maintenance of its new aircraft to Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance. The group won a full support contract for twenty A330-200s, the first of which were delivered to the Indian carrier in late June 2008.
The contract covers full component services, including door-to-door logistics services to Kingfisher's Bangalore base. AFI and KLM E&M also provide line maintenance at London Heathrow airport.
Major MRO on the Indian sub-continent.
With this latest contract, AFI and KLM E&M position themselves as key players in this part of the world. Kingfisher joins IndiGo and Spice Jet among the group's major Indian customers. "We are honored to assist Kingfisher in its international ambitions," said Bruno Delile, AFI Senior VP, Business Development. "This also marks a major step in AFI and KLM E&M's expansion into the Indian market, as this is our first maintenance contract for long-haul operations in the region."
This contract reflects AFI and KLM E&M MRO experience and long-haul carriers operational support knowledge. Focusing on customers close relationship and enhanced flexibility on tailoring adapted solutions were no doubt, contributing factors to the selection. According to Kingfisher Executive Vice-President Hitesh Patel, " AFI and KLM E&M's presence in India was influential in our choice, but it was their MRO experience that proved the clincher."
Kingfisher Airlines is India's first and only 5-Star airline and the only one to offer a premium first class service on domestic routes. It is part of The UB Group which is one of India's largest conglomerates with diverse interests and a global presence. With the merger of Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Aviation, the airline covers all segments of air travel from low fares to premium fares and offers the maximum number of flights offered by any single airline network in India.
About AFI et 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 15,000, offering comprehensive repair capability, integration expertise, component pool operational support and a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 900 aircraft and serve upwards of 150 major international airlines.