Vietnam Airlines and AFI KLM E&M have signed a long-term flight hour support contract covering the GEnx engines equipping the Vietnamese flag carrier’s fleet of Boeing 787s, which will grow to 19 aircraft by 2021.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong and president of the National Assembly of France Francoi de Rugy during the 45th anniversarycelebration of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France.
Under the $500 million contract, AFM KLM E&M will handle maintenance of Vietnam Airlines’ 787 GEnx engines for 12 years and will also provides spare engine access for Vietnam Airlines.
The GEnx product
As an MRO backed by an airline that itself operates the GEnx, AFI KLM E&M deploys its capabilities across all GEnx overhaul and maintenance operations, from overhaul and test services to on-wing/on-site support, plus part and engine module repairs.
Duong Tri Thanh, president and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, said: “This major agreement between Vietnam Airlines and AFI KLM E&M marks a significant phase in ensuring the smooth operation of the Boeing 787-9 and successful implementation of our strategy to expand our fleet and route network.
“From our previous work together, especially under the terms of the 787 component support contract, and also during the first quick-turn shop visit operations carried out on the GEnx by AFI KLM E&M, we have full confidence in their ability to deliver a very high level of operational quality.
“Vietnam Airlines currently owns 11 Boeing 787-9 aircraft which serve long-haul domestic and international flights. We are committed to offering consistent 4-star quality service thus enhancing customer experience.”
A long-standing relationship
In 2018, Vietnam Airlines and AFI KLM E&M celebrate a quarter-century of working together. The MRO (maintenance, repair, operating supply) company which also supported the flag carrier in maintaining its GE90s, another wide body engine with a design similar to the GEnx’s.
“We have full confidence in their ability to deliver a very high level of operational quality”
In 2015, the two partners agreed that AFI KLM E&M would provide component support for Vietnam Airlines’ fleet of 787s. Anne Brachet, executive vice president AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: “Vietnam Airlines is a long-standing customer of AFI KLM E&M in South East Asia and one that we have supported in the airline maintenance sphere for many years.
“We are honored that the carrier has placed its trust in us once more, and fortunate to be involved in their fleet renewal program by providing component – and now engine – support for its fleet of 787s.