Sur Air Transport News ( info datant du 17 12 08 ) :
On 17 December 2008, UK carrier Virgin Atlantic extended its component support and pool access contract with Air France Industries (AFI) and KLM Engineering & Maintenance ( KLM E&M).
KLM E&M has been providing maintenance services for Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of B747-400s since 1994. The pool access component covers door-to-door delivery of B747-400 parts.
As a sign of excellent relations between the two partners, on 1 July 2008, Virgin Atlantic had already signed an airframe contract running through to 31 December 2010.
Steve Griffith, Director of Engineering at Virgin Atlantic Ltd said: “Virgin Atlantic are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship with AFI KLM E&M on the B747-400 airframe maintenance and component support. In a very demanding and competitive environment AFI and KLM E&M consistently deliver to our exacting high standards, on-time and with exceptional quality and technical expertise. This is a partnership built on trust that delivers value to both Virgin Atlantic and AFI and KLM E&M.”
Peter de Swert, Executive Vice President KLM E&M added: “It is a great honor for AFI
KLM E&M to have been chosen by this successful airline by continuing the services it requires for maintaining and enhancing its position in a very competitive passenger market both at London Gatwick and London Heathrow. These long-term contracts enable Virgin Atlantic and AFI KLM E&M to work on streamlining the processes between the organizations for on-time delivery of
aircraft from heavy maintenance and the daily release of aircraft in operation. AFI KLM E&M are proud to be among Virgin Atlantic’s main supply chainvendors.”