Indian airline IndiGo has extended the A320 family component support contract it has with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M).
Covering 350 aircraft, AFI KLM E&M will provide a range of services including component repairs, dedicated pool access, provision of a main base kit (MBK) at IndiGo’s airline operations hub in Delhi, as well as logistics support.
The new long-term contract extends a business relationship that began with the creation of IndiGo in 2006. AFI KLM E&M initially provided component support for IndiGo’s A320 fleet, with the airline’s ATR fleet added to the partnership in 2017.
IndiGo placed an order in 2019 for 300 A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft to support its growth plans.
AFI KLM E&M has developed local repair capabilities through its local MRO joint venture Max MRO Services (MMS), while establishing a local support organisation dedicated to support IndiGo’s fleet operations.
“We are delighted to continue our cooperation with a world leader in aircraft maintenance services,” said IndiGo president and chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.
“The high standard of support already provided by AFI KLM E&M over many years, together with their unique expertise on the A320 product both as an airline and MRO, convinced us to continue placing our trust in them.”
Air France Industries’ EVP Géry Mortreux commented: “We are proud to continue to support the development of this hugely successful airline in one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. Together with my team, we will always strive to provide the best support possible and to keep exploring ways to further optimise our services.”
AFI KLM E&M VP sales Asia Pacific Dominik Wiener-Silva added: “The extension marks another milestone in our strategy to strengthen our leadership position in the A320neo market segment and to further develop our regional MRO footprint in the Asia Pacific region.”