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Aviation News AFI KLM E&M is also climbing on board Virgin's Airbus A350-1000 equipment

AFI KLM E&M is also climbing on board Virgin's Airbus A350-1000 equipment

Romain Guillot
21 JUN 2019 | 245 words
AFI KLM E&M is also climbing on board Virgin's Airbus A350-1000 equipment
Airbus
Virgin Atlantic has chosen AFI KLM E&M (Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance) to provide component support for its future Airbus A350-1000 fleet. The British airline had ordered 12 of the highest capacity A350s at the Farnborough air show four years ago.

This is flight-hour support contract which includes repairs, access to a pool of spare parts and the provision of a Main Base Kit in London.

Virgin had already signed with Air France-KLM's MRO division for the equipment for its Boeing 787s and 747-400s, as well as for its Airbus A330s and A340s.

"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. 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", said Phil Wardlaw, Vice President Engineer & Maintenance at Virgin Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic will be the first airline in Europe to operate the A350-1000. The first aircraft is expected this year and will be added to the Heathrow-JFK route. Three others should follow before the end of the year, will all the planes deliverable before the end of 2021. They will gradually replace the airline's last A340-600s and 747-400s based at Heathrow and Gatwick.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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