AFI KLM E&M wins Vladivostok CFM56 work

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Russia's Vladivostok Air has contracted Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to support the CFM International engines powering its Airbus A320 fleet.

The long-term deal covering maintenance and repairs for the CFM56 powerplants follows a 2009 deal with the MRO provider to service the General Electric CF6 engines on its single A330-300.

However, the long-haul twinjet (MSN 086) has since been put into storage, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

As part of the new agreement, AFI KLM E&M repaired a CFM56 engine at the airline's facility and organised a temporary replacement lease engine. The external repair was a "one-off" arrangement, says AFI KLM E&M.

Vladivostok Air operates six A320s, as recorded by Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.