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Air France and Airbus in exclusive negotiations to create a JV for A350 component support

Air France and Airbus in exclusive negotiations to create a JV for A350 component support

Today, Air France-KLM and Airbus revealed that Air France SA (“Air France”) and Airbus SAS (“Airbus”) had begun exclusive talks to create a joint venture for the provision of worldwide Airbus A350 component maintenance services (supply chain management, repairs, and development of a worldwide collection of aircraft components).

The planned partnership would be a 50-50 joint venture between Air France and Airbus and would entail the transfer of assets related to airplane components owned by both partners into the joint venture’s pool.

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Through increased capacity, a wider global footprint, and the creation of cutting-edge solutions for the benefit of the customers, this joint venture, which combines the expertise of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Airbus, would aim to better meet the growing long-term maintenance needs of the Airbus A350 worldwide fleet (more than 1,000 aircraft are currently on order and 550 are in service worldwide).

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The joint venture is expected to be operating by the first half of 2024, provided that it complies with all legal criteria and has received approval from all relevant authorities. A significant MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider with a variety of products is Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.

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AFI KLM E&M, with a workforce of over 12,800, provides thorough technical support for airlines, including engineering and line maintenance, engine overhaul, aero structure and fan thrust reverser support, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, all built around a potent logistics network. Nearly 3,000 airplanes flown by 200 top local and international airlines are supported by AFI KLM E&M.

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