Air France signed an agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) to provide rotable provisioning (on lease and exchange) and MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) services on Boeing 787 nacelle Dreamliner components designed and manufactured by UTC Aerospace System’s Aerostructures business unit.
Nacelle agreement the door-opener to 787 nacelles maintenance
The agreement negotiated with UTAS paves the way for AFI KLM E&M to implement MRO services for these products based on optimized processes, complex repairs and specific tooling. As a result, AFI KLM E&M is developing capabilities to handle shop or on-wing repairs to the component parts of the engine nacelles comprised of the thrust reversers, air intakes, fan cowls, exhausts, centre bodies of both Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx engines. The agreement also includes access to a dedicated stock of spares that allows AFI KLM E&M to offer leasing or routine replacement services to its clients.
Consistent industrial strategy
A delighted Frank Terner, Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: “The decision to develop this market space aligns with our Group’s industrial strategy and with the opening of a new Aero structures facility Helios suited to new generation aircraft at Paris-CDG airport. AFI KLM E&M stands out from competition at the technical and commercial level being the unique actor with dual competency as an MRO and 787 operator. This adds value in terms of service, especially when it comes to on-wing maintenance and operator experience.”
This strategy, which started in 2012 with the long-term agreement for providing MRO services on Hamilton Sundstrand’s components for the Boeing 787, is consistent with the ambition to establish AFI KLM E&M as one of the leading MRO providers for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.