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Boeing 787 APU Maintenance: El Al Entrusts APS5000s To EPCOR



EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specializing in MRO solutions for pneumatic systems and Auxiliary Power Units (APU), has announced the signature of a new contract with existing client El Al. The official stamp was put on the contract at a ceremony in Tel Aviv on 19 June. The agreement covers maintenance for 16 type APS5000 APUs equipping the Israeli carrier’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The multi-year contract includes the leasing of spare APU, when needed during shop visit of removed APU.

This is not the first time that El Al has called on EPCOR expertise. The AFI KLM E&M subsidiary has maintained El Al’s type GTCP311-500 APUs for a number of years For El Al’s fleet of Boeing 777, as well as some of its Air Cycle Machines (ACMs).

Minimal impact on operations

El Al VP Engineering and Maintenance, Mr. Yossef Barazani said: “We have always appreciated the service quality delivered by EPCOR in the past. We therefore chose them to handle support for our APS5000 APUs.” Martijn de Vries, Managing Director of EPCOR, added: “We are very proud of this additional mark of trust on the part of a leading airline. The APS5000 is a latest-generation product for which EPCOR offers what is undoubtedly the best quality of support worldwide, and we will do our utmost to prove it once again in the service of El Al’s fleet of 787s.”

About El Al

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd., Israel’s flag carrier, was founded in 1948. El Al operates international flights to over 50 destinations and provides passenger, charter and cargo services with a fleet of around 40 aircraft.


EPCOR inaugurates Test Cell for 787 Cabin Air Compressors

EPCOR unveiled its very latest investment: a state-of-the-art test cell dedicated to the Cabin Air Compressors (CAC) equipping Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleets. The presentation was part of a ceremony at the EPCOR base in Schiphol, The Netherlands, attended by company employees and Messrs. Maarten Koopmans, KLM E&M Vice-President Component Services (on photo left), and Lou Auletta, President and CEO of Bauer, Inc., the test cell’s design company.

The best of technology

This event is the outcome of a project that kicked off in 2016 and has required a very large investment. In-depth research was carried out by Bauer to develop a bespoke system that meets EASA requirements. The outcome is that EPCOR’s CAC test cell uses the best available technology in terms of performance and safety: it is easy to operate and features cutting edge software to record, store and exploit test data. The installation, which complies with European Union aviation regulations, has been given the green light by the authorities, enabling EPCOR to certify CACs after testing in the test cell.

TATs further optimized

EPCOR is thus the first repair shop in Europe able to handle CACs from A to Z directly in its own workshops. Through this insourcing move, EPCOR can offer customers operating 787 fleets substantially reduced TATs: the new test cell cuts out the lengthy logistics circuits that were necessary until now to obtain CAC certification after final testing at the OEM, UTAS.

EPCOR Managing Director Martijn de Vries (on photo right) said: “Because the CAC is a component that has yet to reach full maturity, EPCOR’s all-round capability on this product is a real bonus in terms of responsiveness and availability and hence of operational availability, for the fleets operated by our customers. This investment is part of EPCOR’s business development strategy. Our ambition is to integrate even more components into our support for new-generation 787, 737MAX and A350 fleets, and that includes obtaining approvals from the Chinese authorities.”

As a result, EPCOR’s exhaustive offer for 787 CACs has extended the capability list of its workshops, which already featured comprehensive overhaul and test capabilities for the Air Cycle Machines (ACMs) equipping Boeing 737, 747, 777 and 787 fleets.



EPCOR To Support Aeromexico 787 APUs

Aeromexico has decided to entrust maintenance of the APS5000 APUs equipping its fleet of Boeing 787s to AFI KLM E&M via EPCOR, the MRO’s subsidiary specializing in APU support solutions. The services include APU repairs plus access to a dedicated spares pool and the sale of a spare APU at preferential conditions. Aeromexico a long-standing AFI KLM E&M client AFI KLM E&M has worked with Aeromexico for many years, delivering services in every area of aircraft maintenance. With this latest contract, the two partners are further strengthening their relationship, with Aeromexico entrusting the maintenance of its new 787 APUs to EPCOR. The AFI KLM E&M subsidiary was able to earn the trust of the Mexican carrier through an existing partnership to maintain the APUs on Aeromexico’ s 777s. In addition, EPCOR was the sole provider of MRO services able to submit an
offer that included availability solutions such as the sale of a spare APU to ensure Aeromexico’s operational continuity.

Max Alvarez, Aeromexico Senior Vice President Fleet and Business Development, said: “Guaranteeing aircraft availability is fundamental for Aeromexico as it is for any other airline. In this regard, AFI KLM E&M and EPCOR have satisfied our expectations by coming up with a tailor-made offer that matches our operational requirements.” EPCOR Managing Director Dennis Wetjens said: “In addition to maintaining the APUs of Aeromexico’s
fleet of 777s, the airline is now extending the scope of its partnership with EPCOR, adding in the maintenance of the APUs equipping its 787s. We are delighted with this new agreement, which places EPCOR among the global market leaders for APU-dedicated MRO services.”

About Aeromexico
Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico´s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights and its main hub is in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features more than 80 cities on three continents, including 45 destinations in Mexico, 23 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, 4 in Canada, 4 in Europe, and 3 in Asia. The Group's operating fleet of more than 125 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787, 777 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 170 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and 10 B787-9 Dreamliner’s. As a founding member of the SkyTeam
airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its codeshare partner flights with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines and WestJet, with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Peru.


Gulf Air Contracts APU Support For its Incoming Boeing 787s To EPCOR

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has entrusted maintenance of the APS5000 auxiliary power units (APU) equipping the airline’s 10 new, incoming, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to AFI KLM E&M. The long-term contract includes a guarantee covering APU replacement. The repair services will be provided by AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, global market leader for MRO support for APUs. This latest contract, signed at the Dubai Air Show, marks the renewal of Gulf Air’s trust in the AFI KLM E&M network. The collaboration between the two companies started several years ago with the repair of Gulf Air’s CFM56 engines and the airline currently uses AFI KLM E&M services for component support on its existing fleet of A320s and A330s, and those of its Dubai-based AMES subsidiary for nacelle and radome repairs. EPCOR, for its part, has provided APU support for the Bahraini carrier’s Airbus A330s for a number of years.

Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said: “EPCOR’s proven TAT and service quality performance observed in the framework of our A330 APU contract convinced us to extend our partnership to this new type of APU and we are pleased to continue our relationship with them as we prepare to welcome new aircraft into our fleet.” EPCOR Managing Director, Dennis Wetjens added: “Our leadership position for APU maintenance and repair means we can guarantee unrivaled reliability and experience for our clients. The renewed trust Gulf Air has honored us with is most definitely a bonus for our development in a region with fast-growing
MRO requirements.”

About Gulf Air
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents. The airline operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Europe, from its hub at Bahrain International Airport. Gulf Air currently serves all its destinations with a combination wide and narrow body fleet totaling 28 modern aircraft with orders for 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft due for delivery commencing in early 2018. The modern
fleet will herald a new era for Gulf Air as it continues to enhance its product and service offering. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, evidenced by the airline’s signature family and business friendly products, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers.


EPCOR maintains all APUS of fleet Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas and EPCOR have signed an exclusive agreement organizing closed loop repairs for the APUs equipping the carrier’s entire fleet. The repair services will be provided by EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specializing in APU support solutions. This latest contract extends the long-standing relationship developed between the two groups, which have cooperated in the MRO sphere for many years on all types of products, from engine and component maintenance to APU overhauls. The Argentinian airline was thus able to gauge the high quality and reliability of the solutions provided by the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary, one of the only shops in the world able to handle every type of APU equipping the carrier’s aircraft: APU331-350 (Airbus A330), APU131-9B (737) and APS2300 (Embraer 190).

Hernan Flombaum, Aerolineas Argentinas Components and Engines Provisioning Manager, said: “Throughout our business relationship, AFI KLM E&M has always demonstrated its ability to design and deliver high value-added MRO services. It was natural for us to maintain our trust with this reliable partner, especially as EPCOR has a global reputation for its expertise and the effectiveness of its APU support solutions.” EPCOR Managing Director Dennis Wetjens added: “We are honored that Aerolineas Argentinas has once again put its trust in our Group. This is a further illustration of the quality of our services, and we will strive to show that we are worthy of that trust.”

About Aerolineas Argentinas
Aerolineas Argentinas is the national flag carrier of Argentina. Based in Buenos Aires, it operates domestic and regional flights from its hub at Jorge Newbery Airfield. It also serves a dozen destinations in North America and Europe from its hub at Ministro Pistarini International Airport. Aerolineas Argentinas became a member of SkyTeam in 2012, the first South American airline to join the global airline alliance.


EPCOR launches Predictive Maintenance For APUs

PROGNOS for APU. Designed, built and marketed by EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M group subsidiary specializing in MRO services for Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). The new offering was officially launched at the beginning of September. Like its predecessors, PROGNOS for APU uses Big Data technologies to monitor the performance of APUs and predict faults, ultimately helping to rationalize maintenance work, avoid shop visits and excess costs for client airlines, a major competitive advantage. Foresight in the service of operational efficiency Operating within the global AFI KLM E&M network, EPCOR has built up its peerless expertise in the constraint and operational requirements of APUs and has developed a portfolio of tailored support services designed to maximize the availability of these vital systems, so called EPCOR Trend Monitoring. Based on this expertise, and after upgrading its databases and IT platforms, EPCOR has now developed PROGNOS for APU, a real-time APU performance monitoring and analysis solution that can identify weak signals and predict potential failures.

As a result, EPCOR will be able to schedule maintenance work around airlines’ operational equirements in order to forestall possible breakdowns, which can mean a grounded aircraft. It will also help it to better advice and support its clients’ engineering teams during the contract period. Boosting fleet availability Dennis Wetjens, EPCOR Managing Director, explains: “The innovation capabilities implemented in the AFI KLM E&M network, including at EPCOR, are based on our profile as an airline MRO, so that we can adapt as closely as possible to the real needs of our clients. With PROGNOS for APU, EPCOR is pitching a competitively differentiating, high value-added solution to the APU maintenance market, to help airlines maintain maximum control over their APU assets and keep them operating for as long as possible for minimum effort. This is expected to deliver significant gains in terms of fleet availability and MRO cost optimization.”

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