Yakutia Airlines of Russia has signed a long-term contract with specialized AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, to maintain the APUs (Auxiliary Power Unit) equipping the carrier's fleet of Boeing 737s. The contract covers GTCP 131-9B type APUs fitted to seven of the airline's fleet of Boeing 737NG aircraft: four 737-700s, and three 737-800s. The services will be provided by EPCOR at its Schiphol-Rijk facility.
A noted market presence
According to Romain Helmer, EPCOR's Managing Director, "This contract confirms EPCOR's presence on the Russian market. It also shows potential clients that EPCOR is the partner of choice. Over the past two years, we have signed five contracts in the region. The one now inked with Yakutia Airlines is the sixth."
Alexander Zinkov, Yakutia Airlines Technical director said: "In addition to its know-how and expertise, EPCOR offers attractive prices. It was this combination of expertise and competitiveness that prompted us to put our trust in EPCOR."
About Yakutia Airlines
Yakutia Airlines was founded on 30 July 2002. In January 2003, it operated its first flight on the Yakutsk-Moscow-Yakutsk route under its YAK flight code. Yakutia is an aviation market leader and is seeing steady growth in its operational performance indicators. In 2012, Yakutia carried 1,145,630 passengers. It operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, comprising B737NG, B 757-200, Bombardier DHS8 Q-400, SSJ-100 (RRJ-95B), Antonovs and Tupolevs. It operates out of its hubs at Yakutsk, Moscow (Vnukovo) and Krasnodar. Its network includes services within the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, other regions in Russia, and international flights. Located in the Far Eastern Federal District, Yakutia operates flights to eight out of the district's nine sub-districts, offering passengers point-to-point services throughout the region. Yakutia has representative offices in over 30 cities in Russia and elsewhere.
About AFI KLM E&M and EPCOR
Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the AIR FRANCE KLM merger, are major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) providers. With a joint workforce of over 14,000, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 1,300 aircraft operated by 150 major international and domestic airlines.EPCOR is a fully-owned subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group, holding EASA, CAAC, CAAV and FAR 145 certification. Within the group EPCOR provides MRO support for the APUs and pneumatic systems of a wide range of commercial aircraft. EPCOR maintains APUs on B737NG, B777, A320, A330, A340 and the APS2300 for the Embraer 170/190 aircraft. The latest addition for EPCOR is the APS3200 capability for the Airbus A320 family-aircraft. EPCOR is also an OEM warranty approved Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney AeroPower (HSPS) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) repair center. Besides the APU capability EPCOR also maintains and overhauls air cycle machines, environmental control systems, starters, leading-edge flap drive units and many other pneumatic and nitrogen components installed on large commercial aircraft.