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​Delta picks Air France-KLM's maintenance arm for A350 support

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has won a contract to provide component support for Delta Air Lines' Airbus A350 fleet.

Under the deal, which covers repairs and pool access for A350 components, AFI KLM E&M will send other equipment to Delta's technical division for servicing, says the European MRO provider.

It notes that "a reciprocal component agreement which takes advantage of Delta TechOps' component capabilities" is part of the A350 contract.

The accord "bolsters a long-standing relationship between Delta and Air France KLM", says AFI KLM E&M.

"Extending the partnership into aircraft maintenance allows both airlines to provide MRO services and leverage each other's strengths through an exchange of work between both parties," it adds.

In July, it was confirmed that Delta would acquire 10% of Air France-KLM, which in turn is buying a stake in UK carrier Virgin Atlantic.

On 30 August, Delta took delivery of its second A350 in Toulouse.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the US carrier has another 23 of the aircraft on order for delivery through 2023.

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