Air Pacific selects AFI KLM E&M for A330 support

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Fiji's national carrier, Air Pacific, has contracted Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to provide component support and fleet technical management services for its three upcoming Airbus A330-200s.

The long-term agreement covers component repair, spare part pool access, logistics services and placement of a main base kit at the airline's maintenance facility at Nadi International airport.

The Franco-Dutch MRO group says that it will also provide fleet technical management for the long-haul twinjets and train Air Pacific's technical staff.

The airline plans to conduct line maintenance up to A-check level in-house when the aircraft enter the fleet. But its capabilities will be expanded in future, says chief executive Dave Pflieger.

Air Pacific will receive the first of its three A330s later this year, allowing it to replace its existing two Boeing 747-400s.