North American carrier signs key contract with AFI KLM E&M.
Paris, Amstelveen, 08 October 2014 - EPCOR has signed a long-term contract with Air Canada covering maintenance of the APS 5000 APUs installed on its fleet of 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliners already in revenue service or scheduled for delivery through to 2019. The contract also provides for spares provisioning through a dedicated pool of APUs. Repairs will be carried out at EPCOR's Amsterdam facility, which has been repairing the APS5000 since early 2014.
An "airline-minded" specialist
EPCOR Managing Director Romain Helmer said: "This is a unique contract, both in terms of the long term and the number of aircraft it involves. Air Canada is a major APU client for us in North America, and this agreement further strengthens our presence in this market. It also marks a very important new phase in relations between Air Canada and AFI KLM E&M." Alan Butterfield, Air Canada's Vice President Maintenance & Engineering stated: "AFI KLM E&M is an MRO which is well aware of the requirements of airlines and we are confident will be able to satisfy our expectations. We are looking forward to further deepening our commercial relationship."
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 180 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013 served more than 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 73 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,316 airports in 192 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com
About AFI KLM E&M
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider. With a workforce of over 14,000, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, aero structure and FTR support, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 1,300 aircraft operated by 150 major international and domestic airlines.
EPCOR is a fully-owned subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group, holding EASA, CAAC, CAAV and FAR 145 certification. Within the group EPCOR provides MRO support for the APUs and pneumatic systems of a wide range of commercial aircraft. EPCOR maintains APUs on Boeing 737 Next Generation, 777, Airbus A320 (GTCP131-9A & APS3200), A330, A340 and the APS2300 for the Embraer 170/190 aircraft. The latest addition for EPCOR is the APS5000 capability for the Boeing 787 aircraft. EPCOR is also an OEM warranty approved Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney AeroPower (former HSPS) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) repair centre. Besides the APU capability EPCOR also maintains and overhauls air cycle machines, environmental control systems, starters, leading-edge flap drive units and many other pneumatic and nitrogen components installed on large commercial aircraft.
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