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Aviation News A look back at how the partnership between AFI KLM E&M and GMF AeroAsia was finalised

A look back at how the partnership between AFI KLM E&M and GMF AeroAsia was finalised

Romain Guillot
18 JUL 2019 | 398 words
A look back at how the partnership between AFI KLM E&M and GMF AeroAsia was finalised
İ Air France
The Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) which was signed in 2018 between the Air France-KLM and Garuda Indonesia groups' MRO divisions is now no longer just an agreement protocol. Le Journal de l'Aviation had a quick chat at Le Bourget with Anne Brachet, Executive Vice President Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) about how the partnership with GMF AeroAsia came to fruition, establishing a major new development axis for the two airline MROs.

First of all, Anne Brachet reminded us that the origins of this partnership go back to the long-standing relationship between KLM and Garuda, then with their maintenance divisions. "Initially it was just a commercial relationship, but over the years this relationship has turned into much more. We helped them with their quality system then with the development of their capabilities", she explained to us, providing the example of the on-wing support for the GE90-115B (777-300ER), CFM56-5B (A320) and CFM56-7B (737NG) engines.

"In the end, we rolled all of this up into a real strategic partnership and we are now in the contract phase", says Anne Brachet. AFI KLM E&M has a team of experts on site in Jakarta, but is also training GMF AeroAsia personnel in Europe to help them develop their capabilities on engines and on components, but also on the organisational part for airframe maintenance.

"In exchange, we have commercial contracts with them. It's a really interesting approach, and it brings significant development with it", she emphasises. This means that in return heavy maintenance inspections for several KLM Boeing 747-400s and the A330s which belong to the Air France and KLM fleets will be carried out in GMF AeroAsia's hangars at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta.

AFI KLM E&M's Executive Vice President also notes that the development of GMF equipment repair capabilities for the A320 and 737 families is promising to be a major activity. "GMF AeroAsia is developing extremely quickly in the aircraft maintenance activity, and already has practically all of the region's airlines on its books. We are helping them to structure themselves", she states.

Remember that GMF AeroAsia set itself an objective two years ago of becoming one of the 10 largest MRO suppliers in the world by the start of the next decade.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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