Virgin Atlantic has signed a support services agreement with AFI KLM E&M that will see the delivery of component support services for the airline’s new fleet of 12 A350-1000 aircraft, which the first unit is expected for delivering by summer 2019.
As per the agreement, the flight-hour support contract covers access to a pool of spare parts and the provision of a Main Base Kit in London.
Phil Wardlaw, VP of 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."
The deal is the latest in an ongoing partnership between the two parties that stretches back almost 20 years. AFI KLM E&M has long delivered component support services for Virgin Atlantic’s fleet of Boeing 787, 747 and Airbus A330/A340 aircraft.
Fabrice Defrance, SVP of 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."