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A Moskovia Boeing 737-883 lands at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

all the engines powering its new next generation aircraft on a Time & Materials basis together with the lease of spare engines to maintain operational continuity during off- wing maintenance operations. AFI KLM E&M operates one

of the world’s most experienced engine shops for maintaining CFM56-7 powerplants, performing close to 80 shop visits on its type each year. In particular, the creation of its new engine shop at Schiphol in 2004 substantially boosted engine maintenance capacity. AFI KLM E&M and its customers will be able to take the forecast upcoming surge in CFM56-7 shop visits in their stride. The maintenance facilities at Paris and Amsterdam also deliver tailor- made, integrated solutions to match the customer needs. “Our engineering expertise,

combined with our strong in-house repair development policy, contributes to reducing our customers’ component bills,” said Peter de Swert, Executive Vice President KLM E&M. “We constantly strive to achieve the optimum trade-off with our customers between spending on materials and on-wing performance.” Moskovia Airlines operates

domestic and international flights from hub at Moscow

Domodedovo Airport. Currently, Moskovia operates a fleet of three Antonov 12s, two B737- 700s and two B737-800s. A further B737-700 and B737-800 are scheduled to be added to the fleet shortly. In another development AFI KLM

E&M has opened a new exhaust nozzle repair shop at Schiphol Airport. AFI KLM E&M teamed with Aeronca, Inc., a subsidiary of Magellan Aerospace USA, Inc., in Middletown, Ohio. In achieving this latest capability, AFI KLM E&M is said to be the only European MRO certified by the manufacturer for the repair of its exhaust nozzles. In February 2009, AFI KLM

E&M began developing its new repair shop, notably investing in a combined welding and sanding booth and a “mate” tool, which holds the inner and outer skins of an exhaust nozzle centered while it is being assembled. There are only two mate tools in existence, one at Aeronca and the second at AFI KLM E&M. The investment gives AFI KLM E&M an undeniable edge over non-certified competitors. Personnel carrying out the repairs are all highly skilled and have received on-the-job training from Aeronca experts. Repair work, applying lean principles, began with the Air France KLM fleet of B747 and B767 exhaust nozzles.

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Large-scale development prospects

The market for this highly- specialized capability is thought to have very high development potential. In addition to work generated by the Air France KLM fleet and third-party customers, AFI KLM E&M says it can can also count on working with Aeronca’s European based customer portfolio. Since December, the repair

shop has been fully equipped to handle all repairs on engine exhaust nozzles equipping B737s, B747s, B767s, A330s, MD-11s, and GE90s. A number of customers have already contracted with AFI KLM E&M to benefit from the new service. Keith Wyman, Aeronca Director

of Sales and Marketing, said, “We were looking for a European partner and are delighted to team up with AFI KLM E&M, which enjoys an excellent reputation in the MRO market. The repair shop, located at their Schiphol facility, together with the skills of their personnel, is a perfect fit for our requirements. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with them.” “AFI KLM E&M is proud to

be working with Aeronca,” said Peter de Swert, Executive Vice President KLM E&M. “As a result, we have been able to develop a new capability not only for the benefit of our parent companies’ fleets. Those of our third-party customers will also gain access to this type of major repair carried out in Europe. AFI KLM E&M can now also serve as a one-stop shop for engine components.”

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