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AFI KLM E&M appoints Johann Panier as Chief Executive Officer of Aero Maintenance Group

Aero Maintenance Group (AMG) and Barfield, the two wholly owned US subsidiaries of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, are accelerating their synergies with the appointment of Johann Panier as the CEO of both entities starting July 1st, 2015.


Miami, July 1st, 2015 – After a year at the helm of Barfield, Johann Panier has now been appointed CEO of Aero Maintenance Group in order to lead the merger of these two subsidiaries in the Americas, allowing AFI KLM E&M to have a stronger and long-lasting footprint in the Americas. Johann Panier succeeds Christian Tallec who has led AMG for the last five years. 

“I am honored to have this opportunity of leading the AMG organization. Together with the AMG and Barfield teams, we will aim to build a stronger component MRO provider that will deliver quality and innovative services to our customers in the North and South American markets while developing more synergies between entities within the Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance network. I am confident about our future achievements as one combined organization, thanks to the support and dedication of AMG and Barfield employees who will contribute to our sustainable growth and commercial successes,” said Johann Panier.




BARFIELD and AMG strengthen their Sales synergies

The two US subsidiaries of AFI KLM E&M have now a common and integrated sales organization, led by John Rogers.

Miami, 6 May 2015 - Since Barfield's acquisition in July 2014, the two US subsidiaries of AFI KLM E&M specializing in component repair and overhaul - Barfield and its sister company AMG - have been working on strengthening their synergies. The first step of a common organization between Barfield and AMG has been to combine their two sales organizations, an initiative fully in line with the AFI KLM E&M sales policy, with the objective of reinforcing a customer centric approach and maximizing sales momentum.

John Rogers appointed Senior Vice President Sales Barfield-AMG
John Rogers has recently been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales for the new Barfield-AMG sales organization. This department forms part of the AFI KLM E&M sales platform in the Americas, which also includes the two AFI KLM E&M Sales Directorates for the Americas, respectively led by Ron de Bos, AFI KLM E&M VP Sales for North America, and Miguel Chiang, VP Sales for Latin America.

John Rogers started his career at Barfield in June of 1988 as a Technician. During his long tenure at Barfield, he was promoted up the ranks from Lead Technician, to Shop Supervisor, and then to Sales Account Manager. In 2000, John Rogers was promoted to Vice President of Customer Support for Barfield and in 2006 he became Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. John Rogers' expertise has showed strong sales ability, consistently surpassing sales goals, developing a keen intuition for customer service and earning Barfield an excellent reputation in the industry. John Rogers' influence on sales, business retention and customer relations has been an important part of Barfield's growth and development.

On his announcement John Rogers said: "I am honored to have been entrusted with this new responsibility at Barfield and AMG. Our newly reinforced Sales Department will benefit our customers in providing them an easier access to a wider portfolio of services. I am proud of being able to contribute to the successful growth of the AFI KLM E&M network in the Americas."


AFI KLM E&M Awarded MRO of the Year 2015 by Aviation Week Magazine

Comprehensive and effective maintenance program for the latest generation of aircraft were decisive in the choice of AFI KLM E&M


Paris, Amstelveen, Miami 14 April 2015 - AFI KLM E&M has been declared 2015 MRO of the Year by Aviation Week in its Outstanding Airline Maintenance category. The award was presented to Mr. Franck Terner EVP Engineering & Maintenance AIR FRANCE KLM during the awards ceremony, held at the same time as Aviation Week's MRO Americas 2015 Conference & Exhibition, April 14, in Miami, Florida USA.

The Aviation Week MRO of the Year Awards honors the best MRO and aftermarket entities around the world for value-adding achievements and innovations. Each year, Aviation Week solicits award nominations from its readers and from the MRO industry in general. This year AFI KLM E&M was chosen by Aviation Week for setting up a comprehensive and effective maintenance program for the latest generation of aircraft, including the A380, Boeing 787 and A350.

Through this award, industry professionals on the MRO market have recognized AFI KLM E&M's continuous efforts to improve its maintenance offer. Service quality, the ability to align its product and service offer to the real needs of existing and new generation aircraft are central to Group concerns.

Franck Terner, Executive Vice President AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: "We are very proud that with this award by Aviation Week, industry professionals on the MRO market have again recognized our continuous efforts to improve our maintenance offer for the benefit of our customers worldwide. Thanks to their dual MRO-Airline culture, our highly skilled staff is always seeking to invent better maintenance solutions and is constantly striving to further develop our capabilities. This award will encourage everyone within AFI KLM E&M to continue on this ambitious path".


Precision Electronics, 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 Precision Electronics, part of Aero Maintenance Group (AMG) to seamlessly supply the Brazilian market with its full portfolio of service offerings.

 This internationally recognized certification for quality and management is a key asset to Precision Electronics’ ability to provide a larger footprint within the region.

 “This is a big step for us, as this certification will help Precision Electronics to grow in Brazil. We have a strong presence in North America, and our focused growth today is turned to Latin America, with Brazil being the biggest market in the region”, said Jeff Kimberly, VP/General Manager of Precision Electronics.

 The ANAC approval also demonstrates that Precision Electronics’ customers and suppliers can be confident in the company’s dedication to maintaining the highest quality and efficiency in all of their products and services.





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."

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