MROAM: AFI KLM E&M signs IP access agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand

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Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has inked a licence agreement with Hamilton Sundstrand to gain access to repair instructions for the US manufacturer's equipment on the Boeing 787.

The Franco-Dutch maintenance provider says it "will continue its successful path of developing and applying [own] sophisticated repairs" and also become an "official member of Hamilton Sundstrand's 787 MRO network".

Jim Patrick, vice-president and general manager of the manufacturer's customer service division, says that the "vast" operational experience of Air France and KLM coupled with the technical experience of their respective maintenance arms would improve support of 787 operators worldwide.

AFI KLM E&M says that since it has been cooperating with Hamilton Sundstrand for equipment on other aircraft models for several years, the deal to have access to the manufacturer's intellectual property (IP) was a "logical expansion of the strong relationship".

Hamilton Sundstrand provides about 42% of the 787's components, including the electrical power generation and distribution systems, auxiliary power unit (APU), environmental control system, and fire detection and suppression system.