Paris, Amstelveen, 18 march 2010 - Last December, Vladivostok Air and AFI KLM E&M signed an exclusive 5-year contract for the maintenance of the CF6 80 E1 engines powering the Russian carrier's A330s.
The agreement also covers access to spare engines.
A world-class MRO for this engine type
Vladivostok Air has chosen the sole European provider of maintenance services for the latest addition to General Electric's CF6 family of power plants.
AFI KLM E&M began developing its capabilities for this type of engine in 2005, which now comprise the full range of maintenance activities plus a series of tests. AFI KLM E& maintains 30% of the global fleet of CF6 80 E1 equipped aircraft, a solid guarantee for the Russian airline.
"We are very pleased to place our CF6 80 E1 know-how at the disposal of Vladivostok Air," said Rob Pruim, AFI KLM E&M VP Sales International. "And although the need for repairs and spare parts for this
recent-generation aircraft is still limited, as an operator, we have developed repair capabilities both in-house and in partnership with GE. We are therefore able to provide customers such as Vladivostok Air with full maintenance services at affordable prices."
About Vladivostok Air
Vladivostok Air is the largest air carrier in the Russian Far East with a fleet comprising Airbus A330, Airbus A320, Tu-204-300, Tu-154 M, Yak-40 and Mi-8 aircraft. It has been a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2004.
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 14,200, offering comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul and the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network.
Together they support more than 1230aircraft and serve upwards of 150 major international airlines.