Cebu Pacific signs maintenance deal with Air France KLM MRO arm

CEBU Pacific Air has tapped Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide component support for its Airbus A320 fleet.

In a statement, CEB said the selection of AFI KLM E&M came following its call for tenders in September last year for the carrier’s expanding fleet of Airbus passenger jets.

The long term contract covers a fleet of over 40 Airbus A320s, and encompasses full component support and solutions, including repairs and local pool access to maximize aircraft availability, for both its A320s and its future A321neos.

CEB currently has a fleet of 59 aircraft, comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320ceo, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and four ATR 72-600 aircraft.

"This is our first agreement with Cebu Pacific and also our first component support contract in the strategic Philippines market," said Gery Mortreux, executive vice president of Air France Industries.

Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of 45 brand-new aircraft as part of its fleet renewal program. Comprised of 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft, one brand-new Airbus A330, and 32 Airbus A321neo, the new aircraft will bring the CEB fleet to 85 by 2021. CEB has one of the youngest and most modern aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 4.94 years.

“We are extremely proud to number Cebu Pacific Air among our clients, and support the development of one of the most successful Low Cost Carriers in this fast growing market,” added Fabrice Defrance, senior vice president Commercial AFI KLM E&M.

On the strength of this major contract, and of several other recently-won contracts in the region, AFI KLM E&M currently occupies strong positions in the South East Asia aircraft maintenance market.

In 2017, AFI KLM E&M will see a sharp rise in the number of A320 support contracts, especially in Asia. In so doing, the Group is asserting its expertise on this aircraft, especially in the A320ceo and A320neo arena. (SDR/Sunnex)

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