Latest stage in a long partnershipThe 10-year deal, which will go into effect in February 2016, provides Etihad Airways with access to an extensive global pool of components offered by Air France-KLM’s maintenance arm, known as Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M). Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, currently operates a fleet of 33 passenger and cargo Boeing 777s.
The maintenance agreement is the latest phase of a partnership struck between Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM in October of 2012. The carriers currently have a commercial alliance that includes code-sharing on flights via the hubs of Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Amsterdam, with destinations to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
The partnership also includes a framework for further collaboration with Etihad Airways’ partners, and with Etihad Airways Engineering for additional maintenance services.
Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM together provide a combined code-share network that includes more than 40 destinations. The strategic alliance is aimed at exploring areas of potential cooperation, including joint procurement, maintenance, and collaboration to identify cost savings and achieve economies of scale.
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Franck Terner, a vice president at Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance, is very pleased with the Etihad Airways agreement. “This agreement further demonstrates the competitiveness of our component support offer,” he said.
Likewise, Jeff Wilkinson, a vice president of Etihad Airways, said the agreement “builds on an excellent commercial agreement we have enjoyed with Air France-KLM over the past three years, helping to provide the high level of efficiencies required in a competitive environment.”