Etihad inks strategic cooperation with Air France-KLM

Jeff Wilkinson, senior vice president technical of Etihad Airways (right) with Franck Terner, executive vice president of Air France KLM Engineering and Maintenance after signing a 10-year agreement for a component maintenance agreement for the carrier’s Boeing 777 fleet
Jeff Wilkinson, senior vice president technical of Etihad Airways (right) with Franck Terner, executive vice president of Air France KLM Engineering and Maintenance after signing a 10-year agreement for a component maintenance agreement for the carrier’s Boeing 777 fleet

Etihad Airways expanded its strategic cooperation with Air France-KLM through a several hundred million US dollar component maintenance agreement for its Boeing 777 fleet.

The 10-year deal, effective in February 2016, provides Etihad Airways and its equity partners with access to an extensive global pool of components offered by Air France-KLM’s maintenance arm, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M).

This is for wide-body aircraft through the 777 Component Services Program (CSP) jointly operated with Boeing. Etihad Airways currently operates a fleet of 33 long-range and extended-range passenger and cargo Boeing 777 variants.

Jeff Wilkinson, senior vice president technical of Etihad Airways, said: “Through this latest phase in our relationship with Air France-KLM, we are confident Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance will provide reliable and cost-effective access to components for our triple seven aircraft which are the backbone of our rapidly-growing fleet.”

The agreement provides Etihad Airways with access to AFI KLM E&M’s extensive component maintenance network and a significant upgrade of its service offering.

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