Air Corsica signs with AFI KLM E&M for C-Checks

AFI KLM E&M has won a call for tenders launched by regional carrier Air Corsica for heavy maintenance C-Checks on two of its Airbus A320 aircraft.

The narrow-bodies will be overhauled in Casablanca, Morocco by Aerotechnic Industries (ATI), a 50/50 medium-haul focused MRO joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Royal Air Maroc (RAM). The C-checks will take place in the first quarter of 2019 and include implementation of a Service Bulletin (SB), and cabin maintenance and engineering services.

AFI KLM E&M and RAM pooled their experience with medium-haul fleets to use the latter’s facilities at Mohamed V International Airport, Casablanca to offer clients its two-bay A320 and Boeing 737NG overhaul capabilities, including C-Checks and D-Checks.

Senior vice-president commercial at AFI KLM E&M, Fabrice Defrance, said: “Overseen under a master contract, our current partnership takes in a vast array of services, from component support to engines, airframes and a range of one-off requests. We are constantly attentive to Air Corsica and are, therefore, very happy that the airline has once again placed its trust in AFI KLM E&M.”

Luc Guiomar, Air Corsica’s technical director, said: “AFI KLM E&M won us over with an economically attractive proposal, and was able to show it could satisfy our demand within the available timeframe. This is a perfect opportunity to bolster an already well-established relationship between our two companies.”

Air Corsica was founded 28 years ago and carries approximately 1.8 million passengers per year, operating over 20,000 flights annually across 33 routes using its fleet of six A320s and six ATR72s turboprops.

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