Air Canada adds more 777s to new AFI KLM engine deal

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Air Canada has extended its existing General Electric GE90 support agreement with Air France-KLM’s MRO arm to cover its latest batch of Boeing 777s.

The Canadian flag carrier contracted Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) in 2010 to service its GE90-115B fleet, comprising the powerplants for 18 aircraft plus a spare engine. This has now been extended for five additional 777-300ERs and another spare engine.

The deal covers on- and off-wing maintenance, component support, spare engine supply and engineering services.

AFI KLM E&M is competing with GE as an independent MRO provider for GE90s and GP7000s, GE’s joint venture with Pratt & Whitney for the Airbus A380. The Franco-Dutch maintenance group says that it is supporting around 340 GE90 engines from 11 customers today, including its parent carrier fleets.