AFI KLM E&M and AIBD Assistance Services (2AS), the exclusive airport ground handling services provider at AIBD (Aéroport International Blaise Diagne), signed in the presence of Senegal’s Minister of Tourism and Air Transport Alioune Sarr, a partnership agreement to pool their expertise and resources in a joint venture dubbed 2AS Technics. 2AS Technics’ operations will focus on line maintenance support for airlines based at or flying to the new Dakar airport.
As the exclusive airport ground handling services provider at the airport under a ministerial decree, 2AS set up its 2AS Technics subsidiary to handle line maintenance services at the airport. 2AS Technics already supports regional airlines, including Senegal’s new flag-carrier, Air Senegal. Through its partnership with 2AS and equity interest in 2AS Technics, AFI KLM E&M will contribute its expertise to the joint venture to deliver competitive, high-quality line maintenance to the international airlines operating to and from Dakar.
“We are delighted to contribute our skills and expertise to 2AS Technics so as to offer the best line maintenance support for airlines operating at Blaise Diagne International Airport,” says Anne Brachet, executive vice president, Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance. “AFI KLM E&M is one of the world market leader for such services through its Line Maintenance International network, and customer airlines are guaranteed to benefit from reliable, top-quality and competitive support at the airport when they call on 2AS Technics solutions for their line maintenance operations.”
After entering service on 7 December 2017, Dakar’s new Blaise Diagne International Airport handled over 2 million passengers during its first year in operation and is a major driver for developing tourism throughout the region. Currently, the airport is used by over 30 regional and international airlines serving 40 destinations in 33 countries on four continents. The partnership between AFI KLM E&M, whose line maintenance solutions are internationally regarded, and 2AS as part of 2AS Technics, will contribute to enhancing the airport’s reputation and to attracting new carriers to the airport, where they will benefit from high-level line maintenance services based on AFI KLME&M’s MRO-Airline know-how and experience.