For obvious reasons of profitability, it is essential that an airline grounds its fleet for as short a time as possible for optimum aircraft maintenance.
Air France chose to insource its aircraft maintenance for the following reasons:
- to ensure flight safety,
- to better manage aircraft operations,
- to keep costs down.
Under the Air France Industries brand, Air France offers MRO services to 150 customer airlines throughout the world, representing over 1 300 aircraft.
Air France’s main maintenance sites are:
- Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle: minor fleet maintenance,
- Orly: overhaul of wide-bodies, minor fleet maintenance,
- Toulouse Blagnac: overhaul of narrow-bodies,
- Le Bourget,
Since the merger of Air France and KLM in 2004, the activities of Air France Industries and KLM’s Engineering & Maintenance Division have been coordinated. As their activities are complementary, Air France and KLM have shared out the technical responsibilities and product management between the two airlines.
This new organization has enabled us to reduce outsourcing and to specialize Group investments.