Tuesday, May 7, 2013

► LIBYA: Afriqiyah awards A330 engine MRO contract to AFI KLM E&M.

AFI KLM E&M  logoAFI KLM E&M and Afriqiyah Airways (8U) have signed an agreement covering support for the CF6-80E1 engines equipping the Libyan carrier's two Airbus AfriqiyahA330-200s. This exclusive, longterm contract is for “Time & Materials” engine repairs. Afriqiyah Airways will shortly be taking delivery of three new A330-200s, the first by the end of this year, and the other two in 2014, and these will be automatically included in the scope of the contract.

Afriqiyah A330 in new livery, Libya
Rendering of an Afriqiyah A330 in new livery
This latest contract does not mark the start of AFI KLM E&M and Afriqiyah Airways cooperation. The two groups have had ties since 2008 following the signing of a component support contract for Afriqiyah’s A320 and A330 fleets.
Jalameddin Elarbed, Afriqiyah Airways Power Plant Engineering Manager, and Abdunoor Abuhajar, Afriqiyah Technical and Engineering Manager, said “AFI KLM E&M has extensive operational knowledge of the CF6-80E1 thanks to its parent’s experience as an operator, making it a quality alternative to the services of the OEM. We are delighted that we can benefit from this expertise and step up our cooperation with AFI KLM E&M.

Fabrice Defrance, AFI KLM E&M Senior VP Commercial, added: “Our two groups have forged strong ties in recent years, and we are very happy to develop those ties further.
Afriqiyah Airways also based its decision on the fact that AFI KLM E&M is an MRO connected to an airline operating the CF6-80E1 powerplant itself.