Paris, Amstelveen, 01 June 2017 - Qantas Airways in association with Jetstar have entered into a long term Component Pooling Services Agreement with AFI KLM E&M to support their fleet of Boeing 787s. This brings the total number of 787 customer airlines contracted by AFI KLM E&M to fifteen. The contract covers pool access and repairs and applies to a total fleet of eight 787-9s to be operated by Qantas, and the eleven 787-8s in service with Jetstar.
To guarantee maximum availability for the supported fleets, Qantas Airways and Jetstar will benefit from direct access to the AFI KLM E&M spares pool stationed at Kuala Lumpur and will be able to rely on its worldwide network of inventories and component repair shops, including AFI KLM E&M main facilities in Paris and Amsterdam.
Qantas is a long-standing AFI KLM E&M client, with component support Agreements in place for its fleet of Airbus A330s and, via AFI KLM E&M's Spairliners joint venture for its fleet of A380s. As for Jetstar, its Vietnam-based branch Jetstar Pacific has recently contracted AFI KLM E&M for component support of its growing fleet of Airbus A320s.
A market-leading 787 offering
Backed by an airline that itself operates the 787, AFI KLM E&M presents a unique MRO/airline profile offering comprehensive support for the Boeing wide-body aircraft.
Chris Nassenstein, Qantas Airways Executive Manager Engineering, said: "We are pleased to award AFI KLM E&M the 787 Component Pooling Contract. As a long term supplier with a proven track record in supporting our A330 and A380 fleets we look forward to increasing our successful business relationship which is key to the On-Time Performance and operational efficiency of our fleets."
For his part, Ton Dortmans, EVP KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: "By jointly providing 787 component support for Qantas and Jetstar, we have once again demonstrated our ability to adapt our services to all airline business models."
Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial AFI KLM E&M, added: "This is an important contract for AFI KLM E&M, which confirms our market strong position for 787 component support and further strengthens our position in the Asia-Pacific region."
Qantas is Australia's national carrier and one of the world's leading airlines, renowned for safety and service. The full service passenger offering operates over 5000 flights a week to more than 80 destinations domestically and internationally, and the air freighter services reaches over 45 destinations globally with ten dedicated freighter aircraft.
Jetstar, the Qantas Group's low fares airline - is Australia's second largest international carrier. With established presence across Asia and operations out of Singapore, Japan and Vietnam, Jetstar-branded carriers operate more than 4,000 flights a week to more than 75 destinations across 17 countries.