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The Belgian airline ASL Airlines Belgium trusts Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to maintain its Boeing 747-400ERF freighters fleet

Paris, Amstelveen, Liège, April 6, 2021

AFI KLM E&M steps up cooperation with ASL Airlines Belgium for component and repair support maintenance for its Boeing 747-400F and 747-400 ERF fleet.

The Airline-MRO AFI KLM E&M and Belgian airline operator ASL Airlines Belgium have signed an agreement to extend their component support contract covering a fleet of 5 Boeing 747-400F and 747-400ERF. The range of services to be delivered by AFI KLM E&M includes component repairs, dedicated pool access, as well as logistics and line maintence support. Moreover, ASL Airlines will rely on AFI KLM E&M’s operational expertise.

Renewal a long-standing cooperation

By signing this contract renewal, the two companies are extending a long standing cooperation, started in 2006 for a fleet of 2 aircraft. The new contract signing includes three additional aircraft into the ASL Airlines Belgium fleet. ASL received its 5th Boeing 747-400freighter in October 2020.

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“By proposing a maintenance offer adapted to our current requirements, AFI KLM E&M has convinced us to continue our trusting relationship. Current context puts lots of pressure on cargo operators to deliver higher performance based on aircraft availability and costs effectiveness. As an Airline MRO, AFI KLM E&M knows what is needed to deliver optimal service and we are delighted to continue this fruitful cooperation”

Fabio Ciommo

Fleet Manager B747 of ASL Airlines Belgium

“Strong cargo market contracts are important for AFI KLM E&M and it is good to see that our reliability and quality is appreciated by the business”

Maarten Koopmans

AFI KLM E&M Vice President Component Services

A major player on european market

As an Airline-MRO, AFI KLM E&M has built a strong and high-skilled expertise on the 747-400, as the two companies operated this type of aircraft during over 15 years. To support airline customers throughout the region, AFI KLM E&M developed a comprehensive MRO support infrastructure consisting of repair shops, logistic centers, and customer support teams. AFI KLM E&M designs adaptive solutions to meet customer’s technical requirements and cost constraints.

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About ASL Airlines Belgium

ASL Airlines Belgium operates worldwide using Boeing 737, 757 and wide body 747-400(ER)F freighters on scheduled and charter flights under its own brand and for major express integrator customers. The global network includes major hubs in China and the United States. The airline operates an extensive European narrow-body freighter network based out of Liège Airport, Belgium and also manages various third-party airlines providing aircraft for this network. ASL Airlines Belgium, formerly TNT Airways, was founded in 1999 and acquired by ASL Aviation Holdings in May 2016. ASL Airlines Belgium’s customers include Express Integrators, freight forwarders and companies with demand for air cargo solutions.

About ASL Aviation Holdings

ASL Aviation Holdings DAC is a global aviation services group based in Swords, Ireland, close to Dublin Airport. The group consists of 7 airlines, maintenance facilities and a number of leasing entities. The group has a fleet of circa 140 aircraft made up of 12 aircraft types from the ‘jumbo’, Boeing 747-400 freighters, to the smaller ATR 42 turbo props. ASL employs 3,000 people globally from 51 different nationalities.

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