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Airline's deal for new fleet

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FIJI'S national airline has contracted a long-term agreement with Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide support for its incoming A330-200 fleet.

The agreement will see Air France Industries providing technical fleet management services, component repair, and availability via dedicated logistics support, access to AFI KLM E&M's dedicated regional A330 spares pool, and the supply of an A330 Main Base Kit on Air Pacific premises.

In announcing the partnership with AFI KLM E&M, David Pflieger, Air Pacific's managing director and chief executive officer said their team in Fiji was delighted to be working with AFI KLM E&M to induct and maintain Fiji's new A330 fleet.

"AFI KLM E&M has an incredible reputation for maintenance and engineering, safety, reliability, adaptive maintenance solutions, and expertise throughout the region," Mr Pflieger said.

"Air Pacific will continue to do our own line maintenance and 'A' checks at our Nadi, Fiji facility, while AFI KLM E&M's will provide us with engineering and fleet technical assistance as well as a local inventory of spare parts that will significantly enhance the operational availability of our components and aircraft.

"That, in turn, will mean greater fleet reliability for our customers with A330s completing our transformation from Air Pacific to Fiji Airways this year," he said.

Air France Industries president Franck Terner said they looked forward to having Air Pacific join their maintenance family and helping the airline complete its exciting and successful turnaround.

He said AFI KLM E&M continued its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region by attracting new clients, and would strive to prove itself worthy of Air Pacific's trust.

Meanwhile, Air Pacific's manager public relations and communications Shane Hussein said Air Pacific chairman Nalin Patel, Mr Pflieger and the rest of the Air Pacific board would be in France this week with the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to meet various current and new business partners.

He said they would meet Airbus senior executives who would host the group as they witnessed the roll-out of the airline's first-ever new wide-body A330 aircraft in its new 'Fiji Airways' livery.

Mr Hussein said the group would also see the airline's second A330 on the Airbus final assembly line.

He said the airline's first A330 was expected to arrive in Fiji on March 19 via a one day stopover in Hong Kong.


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