Eti­had Air­ways deep­ens strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion with Air France-KLM

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Eti­had Air­ways, the national air­line of the United Arab Emi­rates, has ex­panded its strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion with Air France-KLM through a sev­eral hun­dred mil­lion US dol­lar com­po­nent main­te­nance agree­ment for its Boe­ing 777 fleet.

The 10-year deal, ef­fec­tive Fe­bru­ary 2016, pro­vides Eti­had Air­ways and its eq­uity part­ners with ac­cess to an ex­ten­sive global pool of com­po­nents of­fered by Air France-KLM’s main­te­nance arm, Air France In­dus­tries KLM En­gi­neer­ing & Main­te­nance (AFI KLM E&M), for the wide-body air­craft through the 777 Com­po­nent Ser­vices Pro­gram (CSP) jointly op­er­ated with Boe­ing. Eti­had Air­ways cur­rently op­er­ates a fleet of 33 long-range and ex­tended-range pas­sen­ger and cargo Boe­ing 777 vari­ants.

The main­te­nance agree­ment is the lat­est phase of a part­ner­ship struck be­tween Eti­had Air­ways and Air FranceKLM in Oc­to­ber 2012. The car­ri­ers have a com­mer­cial al­liance in­volv­ing code­shar­ing on flights across their net­works over hubs in Abu Dhabi, Paris and Am­s­ter­dam. The wide-rang­ing code­share agree­ment sees Eti­had Air­ways and Air France-KLM of­fer­ing joint codes on des­ti­na­tions in Europe, the Mid­dle East, Asia and Aus­tralia.

Jeff Wilkin­son, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Tech­ni­cal of Eti­had Air­ways, said: “Through this lat­est phase in our re­la­tion­ship with Air France-KLM, we are con­fi­dent Air France In­dus­tries KLM En­gi­neer­ing & Main­te­nance will pro­vide easy, quick, re­li­able and cost-ef­fec­tive ac­cess to com­po­nents for our triple seven air­craft which are the back­bone of our rapidly-grow­ing fleet.

“It builds on an ex­cel­lent com­mer­cial agree­ment we have en­joyed with Air France-KLM over the past three years help­ing to pro­vide the high level of ef­fi­cien­cies re­quired in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.”

Franck Terner, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Air France KLM En­gi­neer­ing & Main­te­nance, said:

“We are very pleased with the trust placed by Eti­had Air­ways in our ser­vices. This agree­ment fur­ther demon­strates the com­pet­i­tive­ness of our com­po­nent sup­port of­fer, and AFI KLM E&M’s abil­ity to tai­lor main­te­nance so­lu­tions ex­actly match­ing its cus­tomers’ needs.”

The agree­ment pro­vides Eti­had Air­ways with ac­cess to AFI KLM E&M’s ex­ten­sive com­po­nent main­te­nance net­work and a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade of its ser­vice of­fer­ing. Through its global MRO net­work, AFI KLM E&M will main­tain pool stock in the UAE and around the world to sup­port Eti­had Air­ways’ Boe­ing 777 fleet. In ad­di­tion, the part­ner­ship in­cludes a frame­work for fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion with Eti­had Air­ways’ part­ners and a tie-up with Eti­had Air­ways En­gi­neer­ing for ad­di­tional main­te­nance ser­vices.

Eti­had Air­ways and Air France-KLM to­gether pro­vide a com­bined code­share net­work of over 40 des­ti­na­tions. The strate­gic al­liance is aimed at ex­plor­ing ar­eas of po­ten­tial co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing joint pro­cure­ment, main­te­nance and re­pair col­lab­o­ra­tion to iden­tify cost sav­ings and achieve economies of scale.

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