Sep 1, 2017: AFI KLM E&M, a major multi-product MRO provider has partnered with American airline Delta Air Lines to provide component support for Delta's entire Airbus A350 fleet as well as a reciprocal component agreement which takes advantage of Delta TechOps component capabilities. The maintenance solutions to be carried out by AFI KLM E&M cover component repairs and access to its A350 spares pool, principally in the U.S. and Europe. Besides, Delta will benefit from the expertise and reputation of AFI KLM E&M with respect to component support in general and the A350 product in particular.
This latest agreement strengthens a long-standing relationship between Delta and Air France KLM, which includes a trans-Atlantic joint venture and a recently-announced equity position that Delta plans to take in AIR FRANCE KLM Group. Extending the partnership into aircraft maintenance allows both airlines to offer MRO services and leverage each other's strengths through an exchange of work between both parties.
Anne Brachet, executive vice president AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said, "Delta is one of the biggest airlines in the world, and AFI KLM E&M is proud to help it operate a new aircraft type. With this new A350 contract, AFI KLM E&M is showing it is a major player in this emerging market, with an extensive, expert, and competitive service offer. This opportunity also opens the door to further MRO collaborations and we look forward to expanding our maintenance relationship."