AFI KLM E&M has joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine network providing support for new-generation engines designed for A220 fleets.
Paris, Amstelveen, 8 November 2022 - AFI KLM E&M and Pratt & Whitney announced the conclusion of an agreement regarding the maintenance and repair of PW1500G engines used to power Airbus A220 aircraft. This collaboration sees AFI KLM E&M join the North American-based engine manufacturer’s global support network for GTF engines and positions itself as a key player in the PW1500G aftermarket, with the ability to perform full overhauls for this type of engine, from dismantling/assembly operations to certain parts repair and testing. As a reminder, Air France has ordered 60 A220s as part of its fleet renewal strategy, with the option of adding 60 more.
Leading the way in new-generation engines
The agreement with Pratt & Whitney aligns perfectly with Air France-KLM’s Airline-MRO strategy, which aims to ensure ongoing development of its industrial base in order to optimize support for operators. This new agreement allows AFI KLM E&M to strengthen its portfolio of capabilities for Engine maintenance, and to consolidate its positioning on new-generation products, following on from the GE90, GEnx, Trent XWB and LEAP engines.
Marc Meredith, Executive Director of GTF Engine Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney, stated: “We are excited to welcome AFI KLM E&M to our distinguished network of shops. Their experience as an operator and established MRO provider will be a strong asset in providing world-class maintenance services to the growing GTF fleet.”
“We are pleased to join the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network,” said Anne Brachet, Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Engineering and Maintenance. “We have been providing maintenance services for more than 90 years, growing and adapting with the evolving aviation industry. Adding the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to our capabilities strengthens our positioning on the next generation of platforms, boosts our offering to customers and enhances the technical expertise of our maintenance teams.”
“Adding GTF maintenance to our engine MRO portfolio means that AFI KLM E&M will perform maintenance on the new-generation engine platforms for all major engine OEMs, once again confirming our position as the leading OEM-independent engine MRO provider,” adds Michael Grootenboer, Senior Vice President Group Engine Product for AFI KLM E&M.
AFI KLM E&M will begin receiving and working on PW1500G engines in the second quarter of 2023 at its platform in Paris, within state-of-the-art Engine workshops set to be modernized and equipped with extra capabilities upon completion of the Single Roof industrial renovation project.