KLM Cityhopper agrees maintenance contract with Rolls-Royce

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Rolls-Royce and KLM Cityhopper have signed a new eight-year overhaul and maintenance agreement worth over $100 million for Tay engines powering the airline’s fleet of more than 40 Fokker 100 and Fokker 70 aircraft.

Michel Coumans, Chief Executive Officer for KLM Cityhopper, said: "We have a long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce, so we understand the benefits of maintenance services provided by the manufacturer. We get the highest service levels by using the maintenance provider that knows the engine best.”

All full and mid-life overhauls will be the responsibility of Rolls-Royce, which will carry out the work at its East Kilbride Aero Repair and Overhaul facility in Scotland, with engineering support being supplied by Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Dahlewitz.

Steve Redden Senior Vice President Europe said: “This contract, including a new service concept, demonstrates our commitment to KLM Cityhopper and to providing innovative solutions that will keep driving down the cost of operating Fokker aircraft for all operators."

KLM Cityhopper began its relationship with Rolls-Royce in East Kilbride in the 1980s when it began operating Spey-powered Fokker 28. The airline started commercial operations with the Tay engine during the 1990s.

  • The Tay 620 and Tay 650, powering the Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 aircraft, are the workhorses for many regional airlines and major carriers.
  • The Tay engine family, renowned for outstanding economics and reliability, surpassed 24 million hours in service in 2007.
  • The Tay also powers the Boeing 727 and the Gulfstream 300, 350, 400 and 450. There are more than 270 Tay-powered aircraft currently in operation with 47 commercial operators. In the corporate market there are over 600 Gulfstream aircraft in operation with the Tay. KLM Cityhopper is the largest operator of the Tay. There are more than 1800 engines in operation worldwide.
  • Rolls-Royce is working hard to improve the environmental impact of its products. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around £700 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  • KLM Cityhopper is a 100 per cent subsidiary of KLM. The business has been in operation since the eighties and originated from the NLM and Netherlines. The name KLM cityhopper has existed since 1991. KLM cityhopper runs a large part of the European network of KLM. In addition, KLM cityhopper also offers customised ad hoc flights to third parties.

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