Paris, Amstelveen, June 12, 2019 - AFI KLM E&M and Virgin Atlantic have signed a support services agreement for the airline's new fleet of twelve A350-1000 aircraft, the first unit of which will be delivered this summer. This flight-hour support contract covers repairs, access to a pool of spare parts and the provision of a Main Base Kit in London.

More than 20 years of trusted partnership
Having already selected AFI KLM E&M for component support services for its current fleet of Boeing 787, 747 and Airbus A330/A340 aircraft, Virgin Atlantic has demonstrated its continued confidence in the partnership by signing this long-term contract. By doing so, the airline is guaranteeing itself high-end services for its recently acquired aircraft.

Phil Wardlaw, Vice President Engineer & Maintenance at Virgin Atlantic, stated: "We're delighted to be strengthening our relationship with AFI KLM E&M, whose expertise and flexible services have been an asset to us for the past 20 years. Moreover, we know that AFI KLM E&M already has proven experience in providing support services for this new product - an added plus that helped seal our decision."

Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial at AFI KLM E&M, added: "We're very satisfied to observe that more and more operators of Airbus A350 aircraft are soliciting our services. With this new partnership, we're firstly consolidating our partnership with Virgin Atlantic, and also our positioning in a fast-growing market segment."