AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik, two market leading MROs, agreed to launch a new joint offer dedicated to component support for Embraer E-Jet family aircraft (E-170/E-175 and E-190/E-195). The two companies are currently developing an appropriate business model for the new product. Initially focusing on component services in a second step the product could also be enlarged with other services which are requested by the market.
The starting point for the new E-Jet services is envisaged to be in the first half of 2013. Currently, AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik are already supporting about 150 aircraft of the E-Jet family within their fleets but also of third-party customers. In developing and launching the joint offering on the world aircraft maintenance and overhaul market, AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik will be providing operators of E-Jet fleets with a reliable and competitive alternative to existing services.
“The experience and know-how of the two groups, which have a global reputation for top-quality services, will guarantee the competitiveness and high performance levels of the solutions on offer,” says Dr. Burkhard Andrich, senior vice president Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik.
AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik mandated their joint venture Spairliners to develop the project. Robert Anton, SVP Component Services, Air France Industries, said: “With its now-proven A380 component support capabilities, the Spairliners pool access model will constitute an asset for future client airlines, offering substantial scale effects.”