Paris, Amstelveen, 30 April 2019 - The French Polynesia airline Air Tahiti Nui has entrusted AFI KLM E&M with the maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping its fleet of four Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The long-term contract includes repair and overhaul support, as well as the leasing of a spare APU when needed. All the work will be carried out by EPCOR, a wholly-owned subsidiary and part of AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network.
The contract is the latest development in a strong partnership between Air Tahiti Nui and AFI KLM E&M, which also provides component, engine and line maintenance services for the Polynesian carrier's Dreamliners.
Raymond Topin, Air Tahiti Nui Executive Vice-President Operations, said: "AFI KLM E&M being a strategic partner for our 787 operations, it was natural for us to extend our cooperation to this new area, especially with EPCOR's global reputation of excellence regarding APU support solutions."
Martijn de Vries, Managing Director of EPCOR, added: "We are very proud to be able to support Air Tahiti Nui through AFI KLM E&M's global MRO network. As shown by our track record on this latest-generation product, EPCOR provides the best quality of support worldwide for the APS5000, and we look forward to using this expertise on Air Tahiti Nui's behalf."
Air Tahiti Nui will benefit from AFI KLM E&M exclusive predictive maintenance solution: PROGNOS® for APU. Designed, built and marketed by EPCOR, this innovative offering was launched in September 2017. Just like its predecessors PROGNOS® for Engine and PROGNOS® for Aircraft, PROGNOS® for APU uses Big Data technologies to monitor the performance of APUs and predict faults, ultimately helping to rationalize maintenance work and avoid shop visits and excess costs for client airlines, a major competitive advantage.
PROGNOS® for APU is now the market-leading solution for APU predictive maintenance, monitoring more than 600 APUs around the world, including those of Air Tahiti Nui's 787.