AFI KLM E& and Tunisair signed a new Time &Material engine support contract covering the CFM56-5A, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines powering the Tunisair fleet’s sixteen Airbus A320s, four A319s and seven Boeing 737s. The Tunisian flag carrier had launched a call for tenders in late 2016 aimed at selecting two MRO suppliers for each engine type. Following the consultation, AFI KLM E&M was the sole candidate to be selected to handle all three engine-types simultaneously. The contract was signed in December last year.
Demonstrating its adaptability and ability to offer its customers tailored, rapid-turnaround solutions, the MRO company . was able to deal with a one-off commission to return Tunisair’s four CFM56-5A engines to serviceable condition. A first engine has already been returned to service. Two others are now undergoing repairs at the AFI KLM E&M shop in Paris, and the fourth is currently being transported to the facility.
“We are very happy with Tunisair’s renewed trust,” said Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President Commercial AFI KLM E&M. “Being the sole MRO to work simultaneously on all three engine-types is striking recognition of our expertise and the competitive nature of our offerings. As we have demonstrated by the speed with which we are moving to overhaul the first four engines, we will strive to meet all Tunisair’s needs and contribute to the development of its operations as its summer schedule gets into full swing, and also, I hope, in the much longer term.”
Tunisair, Tunisia’s flag carrier airline, has a fleet of 29 aircraft: two A330s, sixteen A320s, four A319s, and seven 737s.