Paris, Amstelveen, 22 march 2010 - Last December, Moskovia Airlines and AFI KLM E&M signed an exclusive 8-year contract for the maintenance of CFM56-7 engines equipping the Russian carrier's B737-700/800 aircraft. The agreement covers maintenance on a Time & Materials basis and the lease of spare engines.
As part of its fleet renewal program, Moskovia Airlines loan two B737-700s and two B737-800s in 2009. The acquisition of western-built aircraft is part of the carrier's strategy to expand its international operations with flights to Europe and countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The 8-year contract signed by the two companies covers maintenance of all the engines powering its new next generation aircraft on a Time & Materials basis together with the lease of spare engines to maintain operational continuity during off-wing maintenance operations.
Increased capacity and acknowledged expertise.
AFI KLM E&M operates one of the world's most experienced engine shops for maintaining CFM56-7 powerplants, performing close to 80 shop visits on its type each year. In particular, the creation of our new engine shop at Schiphol in 2004 substantially boosted engine maintenance capacity. AFI KLM E&M and its customers will be able to take the forecast upcoming surge in CFM56-7 shop visits in their stride. The maintenance facilities at Paris and Amsterdam also deliver tailor-made, integrated solutions to match the customer needs.
"Our engineering expertise, combined with our strong in-house repair development policy, contributes to reducing our customers' component bills," said Peter de Swert, Executive Vice President KLM E&M. "We constantly strive to achieve the optimum trade-off with our customers between spending on materials and on-wing performance."
About Moskovia Airlines
Moskovia Airlines operates domestic and international flights from hub at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Currently, Moskovia operates a fleet of three Antonov 12s, two B737-700s and two B737-800s. A further B737-700 and B737-800 are scheduled to be added to the fleet shortly.
About AFI KLM E&M
Following the merger between Air France and KLM, Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance joined forces to become the world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider. With a joint workforce of over 14,000, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support capabilities for airline operators ranging from engineering and aero structures work to the management, repair and supply of aircraft parts and components, backed by a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 1,230 aircraft operated by over 150 major international airlines.