The Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) new engine shop at the Orly platform is the centrepiece of the Single Roof project initiated in 2019.
The ultra-modern, 4,200 square-metres facility is equipped with cutting-edge industrial resources and will help to reduce engine processing times by 15 per cent.
Single Roof is a major project for the future of AFI KLM E&M’s Engine maintenance product, and its goals are both industrial and organisational in nature.
AFI KLM E&M says that the project aims to ensure the company sits at the forefront of industry standards in engine maintenance, and to support its positioning on new-generation products such as LEAP (A320neo and 737MAX), Trent XWB (A350) and PW1500G (A220).
The full Single Roof project is expected to be finalised in early 2024, upon completion of the reorganised Building 34 (Henri Farman), which has now been adjoined to the new building.
Alongside the construction of the new building – which forms a bridge between the Constellation and Henri Farman workshops, bringing them all under one roof – the project includes a full overhaul of operational processes in order to boost efficiency in engine maintenance turnaround time.
As well as enabling the maintenance of new-generation engines that contribute to the Air France-KLM Group’s decarbonisation trajectory, AFI KLM E&M says that the design of the building itself will significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
AFI KLM E&M also says that the new facility at Orly cements the organisation’s commitment to employment and career access pathways for young people in the local area, with the Single Roof project a major vector for employment and the integration of young apprentices into AFI KLM E&M’s local activities.
Géry Mortreux, executive vice president of Air France Industries, stated: “Single Roof is more than just an industrial development project. It speaks to AFI KLM E&M’s desire to project its engine maintenance operations into the future, at a time when the industry is turning a corner toward new-generation platforms.
“It also constitutes a promise of efficiency and comfort for our teams, thanks to optimised working spaces designed with their users in mind. It also manifests AFI KLM E&M’s long-term involvement in the local area, combined with the desire to boost employment and develop the talents of the future.”