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04/15/2013

Yakutia Airlines Selects EPCOR For Its B.737 APUs

Yakutia the sixth Russian airline to opt for services of AFI KLM E&M specialized subsidiary.

Paris, Amstelveen, 15 April 2013 - 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.
www.yakutia.aero

08/12/2012

EPCOR Includes APS 3200 in Service Offer

EPCOR B.V. is now also an APS 3200 repair shop approved by manufacturer Hamilton Sundstrand.

Paris, Amstelveen, 14 August 2012 – EPCOR can henceforth offer its expertise and MRO services to all carriers operating aircraft in the A320 family equipped with the APS 3200 auxiliary power units (APUs) manufactured by Hamilton Sundstrand. The offer includes APU repair, maintenance and testing services, along with the supply of spares.

 

Capabilities on all A320 APUs

After insourcing APS 3200 maintenance capabilities, EPCOR is now able to service both types of APU equipping A320 aircraft fleets, as for the past 18 months the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary has also been providing services around Honeywell-manufactured APU 131-9A systems. For operators with a mix of APS3200 and 131-9A the full service offer will be very interesting. EPCOR will, if necessary, support the operation of AirFrancewhose fleet includes over 140 aircraft in the A320 family, while also providing services for these aircraft for all other operators.

EPCOR Managing Director Romain Helmer said: “We are delighted to offer this new product to our existing and prospective clients. We have worked very closely with Hamilton Sundstrand, for the second time in a very short period following the industrialization of APS 2300 processes, and are very proud today to have earned approved repair shop status. We will strive hard to put all our experience and know-how to good use so that we can deliver reliable, speedy and top-quality services.

02/01/2012

Romain Helmer Appointed Managing Director Of EPCOR

Former head of KLM E&M's B.737 Maintenance unit will take over from Paul Chün as Managing Director of AFI KLM E&M's subsidiary EPCOR.


Schiphol-Rijk, 01 February 2012 - After four years heading up KLM E&M's B.737 Maintenance unit, Romain Helmer has taken up his new position as Managing Director at EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specializing in the repair and maintenance of pneumatic systems and Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). He takes over from Paul Chün, now Managing Director of another entity of the AFI KLM E&M global MRO network, KLM UK Engineering Limited.

Significant aviation experience

A graduate of Holland's Delft University of Technology, Romain Helmer started out in 1989 as a quality manager in KLM's aerial cartography subsidiary, KLM Aerocarto. He joined KLM E&M in 1996 as a business analyst specializing in the development of aircraft maintenance applications. He then filled a series of other positions within line and base maintenance. After two years in E&M engine shop, he returned to aircraft maintenance. He also contributed to developing AFI KLM E&M's B.737 maintenance strategy. Since 2008, he had been in charge of B.737 base maintenance.

About AFI KLM E&M and EPCOR

Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the AIR FRANCE KLM merger, are world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) providers with a joint workforce of over 14,000, offering 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 airlines.

01/12/2012

Paul Ch√ľn appointed Managing Director, KLM UK Engineering Limited

Former EPCOR Managing Director to take up new duties in January 2012.

Schiphol-Rijk, 12 January 2012 - After five years at the helm of AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR, Paul Chün is moving to a new position as Managing Director of KLM UK Engineering Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M which specializes in maintenance solutions for regional aircraft fleets.
Paul has a Bachelor's degree in Aircraft Engineering from the HTS Technical College in Haarlem, Holland, a Master's degree in Management from the TSM Business School, and a 30-year track record in the aviation sector.

Lengthy aircraft industry experience

He started out in 1978, joining KLM Engineering & Maintenance as a trainee in aircraft maintenance. In his role as a Support engineer for Aircraft maintenance he was involved in the introduction of new aircraft amongst them Fokker 100 and Boeing 737 for KLM. As Line Maintenance Production Unit manager, he left Engineering & Maintenance to fulfil several management assignments on behalf of KLM. From 2001 to 2003 he was KLM's head of Industrial Relations, after which he returned to KLM E&M in 2003, where he was responsible for successfully rolling out Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Paul Chün retired the six sigma program as a master Blackbelt. Since 2007 he has been Managing Director of EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specialized in the maintenance and repair of pneumatic systems and auxiliary power units (APUs).

Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance, which joined forces following the AIR FRANCE KLM merger, are world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) providers with a joint workforce of over 14,000, offering 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 airlines.

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