PARIS: Air France-KLM MRO arm wins second 787 deal

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Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has won a range of MRO contracts, including the company's second Boeing 787 support deal.

Royal Brunei Airlines has selected the Franco-Dutch maintenance group to provide component and engineering support for the carrier's five ordered 787s. The long-term agreement covers equipment repairs and placing spare parts at multiple locations in southeast Asia, says AFI.

But Dermot Mannion, Royal Brunei's deputy chairman, adds that the carrier and MRO group plan to build a 787 engineering centre of excellence in the kingdom.

Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has extended its existing Airbus A320 component support deal with AFI KLM E&M for "several years". The renewal has expanded the fleet coverage from initially 52 to over 60 aircraft and has an option to include the airline's ordered A320neos, which are due to be delivered from 2016.

Air France's European regional subsidiary Hop! has signed a long-term component maintenance agreement for its Embraer 170s and 190s with Spairliners, the component MRO joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Lufthansa Technik.

The components for Hop!'s ATR 42 and 72 turboprop fleet will be maintained by AFI KLM E&M through a separate contract.