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Aviation News AFI KLM E&M joins Rolls-Royce's maintenance network for the Trent XWB

AFI KLM E&M joins Rolls-Royce's maintenance network for the Trent XWB

Léo Barnier
05 JUL 2017 | 250 words
AFI KLM E&M joins Rolls-Royce's maintenance network for the Trent XWB
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Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Rolls-Royce have finally reached an agreement for the maintenance of the Trent XWB. The Franco-Dutch MRO entity signed an agreement with the British engine supplier on 21st June at the Le Bourget show to join its CareNetwork support network.

AFI KLM E&M will be able to provide its own maintenance services for the engines powering the 25 Airbus A350s ordered by Air France-KLM (plus 25 options). To enable this to happen, the group agreed to join Rolls-Royce's TotalCare programme with a long-term support contract, something it had previously been reluctant to do. This point had even delayed the finalisation of the purchase of the A350s, which took two years to be concluded in 2013. In the same way, it had also hung in the balance when Air France-KLM had to choose between GE Aviation' GEnx and Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 for its Boeing 787s. The Franco-Dutch airline holding company had then preferred the American engine supplier, in particular in favour of an agreement on own maintenance for its engines.

In exchange, Rolls-Royce has approved AFI KLM E&M for the repair of parts and equipment for its Trent engines. The maintenance company will now be able to intervene on the LPC shaft and IPC front stub shafts on the Trent 1000, as well as on Tiled Combustion chambers for the Trent 1000 and Trent XWB". Other parts may be integrated later.
Léo Barnier
Specialized journalist
Industry & Technology, Equipments, MRO


 
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