Budget airline and Air France agree on spare parts and accessories


HCM CITY — Low cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines (JPA) has signed a long term deal with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to buy spare parts and accessories for its A320 fleet in Việt Nam.

JPA said in a statement that the March 8 agreement will serve its 14 Airbus A320 aircraft.

JPA’s General Director Nguyễn Quốc Phương said the deal would help the budget airline reduce maintenance and repair costs and thus improve its services.

AFI KLM E&M’s senior deputy president, Fabrice Defrance, said the agreement provides a foothold for the company as a major spare parts and accessories supplier of Airbus A320 in Asia.

AFI KLM E&M, which provides spare parts for 2,000 Airbus A320 aircraft of 20 airlines worldwide, will start providing them to JPA this month.

Jetstar Pacific has grown from five aircraft in 2013 to 14 today, and flies on 28 domestic and international routes.

The two major shareholders of the airline, Vietnam Airlines and the Qantas Group, expect the fleet to grow to 30 aircrafts by 2021.

In 2015, JPA and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a three-year comprehensive engine maintenance agreement.

Under the terms of the contract, the HCM City-based low-cost carrier will have the V2500 engines of its Airbus A320 family fleet overhauled by Lufthansa Technik.

Source: Vietnam News

Photo: Jetstar Pacific Airlines