Congo Airways, the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has entrusted AFI KLM E&M with C-Checks for the two A320s that the airline operates on domestic routes. The C-checks will take place at the Aerotechnic Industries (ATI) facility at Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco. Aerotechnic Industries is a 50/50 joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Royal Air Maroc which specialises in aircraft maintenance.
This newest contract is a continuation of the jointly advantageous relationship between Congo Airways, AFI KLM E&M and the AIR FRANCE KLM group. Through its Air France Consulting subsidiary, the Group supported the Congolese government when the airline was being set up, while AFI KLM E&M was already partnering Congo Airways for line maintenance at its Kinshasa hub, along with engines, component, and aero structures support for its two A320s.
DésiréBalazire Bantu, Congo Airways CEO, commented, “Combined with the positive and constructive relations we already have, the very competitive positioning of the AFI KLM E&M tender was a decisive factor in our choice. At a time when we are expanding fast, with the forthcoming addition of a third A320 to our fleet, we more than ever need to be able to rely on an MRO partner with acknowledged expertise at international level.”
Tommaso Auriemma, chief executive officer Aerotechnic Industries, added, “We are pleased and proud to have won this new contract with Congo Airways. This young airline is ahead of the curve in its development plan – a sign that it is meeting the large-scale mobility needs expressed by its customers in the Congo, and elsewhere in the region. And we will make sure we support them with maximum efficiency in growing their operations.”