Vir­gin At­lantic signs on AFI KLM E&M

The MRO provider will over­see com­po­nent work for the air­line’s fleet of 12 A350-1000 air­craft


Vir­gin At­lantic has signed a sup­port ser­vices agree­ment with AFI KLM E&M that will see the de­liver y of com­po­nent sup­port ser­vices for the air­line’s new fleet of 12 A350-1000 air­craft, which the first unit is ex­pected for de­liv­er­ing by sum­mer 2019.

As per the agree­ment, the flight-hour sup­port con­tract cov­ers ac­cess to a pool of spare parts and the pro­vi­sion of a Main Base Kit in London.

“We’re de­lighted to be strength­en­ing our re­la­tion­ship with AFI KLM E&M, whose ex­per­tise and flex­i­ble ser­vices have been an as­set to us for the past 20 years,” said Phil Ward­law, VP of En­gi­neer & Main­te­nance at Vir­gin At­lantic.

“More­over, we know that AFI KLM E&M al­ready has proven ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­vid­ing sup­port ser­vices for this new prod­uct - an added plus that helped seal our de­ci­sion.”

The deal is the lat­est in an on­go­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the two par­ties that stretches back al­most 20 years. AFI KLM E&M has long de­liv­ered com­po­nent sup­port ser­vices for Vir­gin At­lantic’s fleet of Boe­ing 787, 747 and Air­bus A330/A340 air­craft.

“We’re very sat­is­fied to ob­serve that more and more op­er­a­tors of Air­bus A350 air­craft are so­lic­it­ing our ser­vices. With this new part­ner­ship, we’re firstly con­sol­i­dat­ing our part­ner­ship with Vir­gin At­lantic, and also our po­si­tion­ing in a fast-grow­ing mar­ket seg­ment,” added Fabrice Defrance, SVP of Com­mer­cial at AFI KLM E&M.

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