AIR FRANCE-KLM AND GOL SIGN A LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Enhanced exclusive commercial cooperation is established on Brazilian and European markets
Air France KLM deepens ties with $100 million strategic investment in GOL, of which $52 million in GOL share capital
Today, 19 February 2014, Air France-KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes signed an exclusive long term strategic partnership for commercial cooperation between Brazil and Europe. It includes expanded codesharing, enhanced joint sales activities, more benefits for customers based on our both frequent flyer programs in Brazilian and European markets. Cooperation in the field of aircraft maintenance is also included in the partnership. This partnership follows the successful strategic cooperation between GOL and Delta Airlines, the main partner of Air France-KLM, implemented since 2011. As part of this agreement, Air France-KLM will invest $100 million in GOL. This investment will include a subscription of GOL shares for $52 million, representing 1.5% equity stake. The transaction shall be subject to applicable antitrust approval.
"We are excited to join forces with GOL, a leading carrier in Brazil. We are confident that this comprehensive partnership will create strategic, long term value for both our groups & customers, and significantly enhance Air France-KLM’s commercial position in the region. Brazil, the host country of the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, benefits from growing business and leisure traffic volumes. This collaboration confirms our strategy to establish deep and long-lasting partnerships in regions with relevant growth potential." said Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM. Camiel Eurlings, President & CEO of KLM, will be member of the Alliance Committee of the Board of directors of GOL.
Since 2009, Air France-KLM and GOL have been committed to a code-sharing agreement that enables Air France and KLM to offer their customers an additional 28 destinations* in Brazil, beyond Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, by placing their codes on flights operated by GOL.
The new agreement signed today is in line with Air France-KLM’s strategy of strengthening its leading position in Brazil and Latin-America. As of summer 2014, Air France and KLM will increase their offer by operating 41 weekly flights from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol. Next to Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, Air France will operate as of March 31, 2014, a new route to Brasilia with three weekly flights. Air France intends to operate a regular service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Sao Paulo by Airbus A380 as soon as the airport receives the authorization from the authorities. All these flights will connect to the GOL network with over 50 destinations.
This exclusive strategic partnership will provide for greater coordination between the networks to increase the number of connecting opportunities between Europe and Brazil. The codesharing between Air France-KLM and GOL flights will be extended to flights operated by Air France and KLM between Europe and Brazil as well as flights operated by GOL in Brazil.
The long-term agreement also provides for enhanced cooperation in the field of aircraft maintenance, including on engines and APU, aircraft components and for overhauls.
GOL, since its inception in 2001, has become a major player in South America, with around 40% of the Brazilian domestic market. GOL operates a fleet of 141 Boeing 737NG aircraft supporting an extensive domestic network with 51 destinations in Brazil and services to ten countries across Central and South America. GOL detains a leading position in the main Brazilian airports.
* List of Brazilian destinations
Aracaju - Belem - Belo Horizonte - Brasilia - Campina Grande - Campo Grande - Cuiaba - Curitiba - Florianópolis - Fortaleza - Foz do Iguaçu - Goiania - João Pessoa - Londrina - Macapa - Maceio - Manaus - Maringá - Natal - Navegantes - Porto Alegre - Porto Seguro - Recife - Salvador - Santarem - São Luiz - Teresina - Vitoria
AFI KLM E&M Voted MRO Of The Year by Airline Economics
Trade magazine Airline Economics awarded its "MRO of the Year" accolade to AFI KLM E&M at the Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards held in Dublin, on 20 January. In this way, the 6,000 people polled in the survey, themselves being airline industry professionals, have acknowledged the expertise underpinning the maintenance, repair, and overhaul solutions delivered by the Group worldwide.
This prestigious award also recompenses the efforts made by AFI KLM E&M and its people to adapt its services and capabilities to the challenges and requirements of its clients.
Receiving the award, Franck Terner, Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: "We are deeply honoured to receive this award, and proud to have been recognized by our peers as an expert and major operator for aircraft maintenance services. The aviation sector is still experiencing a degree of turbulence and this accolade is seen as an encouragement and a vote of confidence, prompting us to continue our efforts to achieve all-round excellence and performance in the products and services we provide."
Aero Technologies, part of Aero Maintenance Group has received ANAC certification
The ANAC certification was awarded by the National Civilian Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC - Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) and allows Aero Maintenance Group (AMG) to seamlessly supply the Brazilian market with its full portfolio of service offerings.
Aero Technologies subsidiary of AMG, is one of the first repair stations in Miami to obtain ANAC certification, as the approval process was completed only seven months after the initial application.
“This is an important step for us, as we are now in good position to continue helping Brazilian airlines, LATAM and all airlines requiring this certificate, and to sustain their growth through our large inventory of services” said Christian Tallec, CEO of AMG, the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) cornerstone in the Americas.
With this certification, Aero Technologies can better service its growing customer base in Brazil. The ANAC approval also demonstrates that AMG customers and suppliers can be confident in the company’s dedication to maintaining the highest quality and efficiency in all of its products and services.
Based in Miami and Atlanta, at three maintenance facilities, AMG is ideally located to satisfy the needs of its customers operating commercial or regional fleets in North America, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Its extensive repair capabilities, together with its strategically located Logistics Center in Miami, mean that AMG can provide local component support for a wide range of commercial and regional aircraft. AMG is a wholly-owned Air France subsidiary and combines the flexibility and competitiveness of a local supplier with the expertise, adaptability and reputation of a lead player in the global MRO marketplace.
AMG supplies solutions tailored to the needs of its airline industry client base through three subsidiaries: Aero Technologies (Miami), for support, repair and overhaul services for pneumatic and hydraulic systems, avionics suites, and fuel and electro-mechanical systems; Air-Pro (Miami), which handles cabin and safety equipment repairs and modifications, the distribution of aerospace hoses, and the sale of spare parts and Precision Electronics (Atlanta), which maintains and repairs electronic, electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic instruments and accessories, in particular for regional and business fleets.
AMG/ AFI KLM E&M to exhibit at the MRO America 2014 in Phoenix - booth 2109
AMG/ AFI KLM E&M to exhibit at the MRO America 2014 in Phoenix, booth 2109.
AMG has capabilities on Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier and ATR fleets along with a variety of Safety and Emergency Equipment and interior capabilities for additional fleets.
AMG has Three Subsidiaries: each of which specializes in a variety of MRO support for commercial and regional airline support for components, safety and emergency equipments and interiors. See our capabilities list for additional information.
Air-Pro - Medley - FL
Aero Technologies - Miami FL
Precision Eletronics - Atlanta GA
Look forward to seeing you!
Aero Maintenance Group to exhibit at RAA 2013 in Montreal Quebec, CA
Aero Maintenance Group welcomes you to visit us in Booth 119 at the RAA (Regional Airline Association) Annual Convention in Montreal Quebec CA.
AMG has capabilities on Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier and ATR fleets along with a variety of Emergency Equipment and interior capabilities for additional fleets.
AMG has Three Subsidiaries: each of which specializes in a variety of MRO support for commercial and regional airline support for components, emergency equipment, and interiors. See our capabilities list for additional information.
Air-Pro - Medley-FL
Aero Technologies - Miami FL
Precision Eletronics - Atlanta GA
Look forward to seeing you!
Aero Maintenance Group - Precision Electronics Atlanta, GA
Precision Electronics continues to expand its Embraer 190 component repair capabilities. PE now has capabilities to repair approximately 100 different E190 components and accessories along with other commonly installed units including coffee makers, handsets and lighting. Precision Electronics is pleased to support the operators of this growing fleet including Air France-KLM.