A Jetstar Pacific plane. (Source: Jetstar)

Hanoi (VNA) – Low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific has struck a long-term deal with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) under which the latter will provide component support for Jetstar Pacific’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Under the contract, AFI KLM E&M will also provide Jetstar Pacific with repair services and a spares pool to ensure spare parts and necessary materials are ready for maintenance and repair work.

The deal will take effect this month.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Nguyen Quoc Phuong, General Director of Jetstar Pacific, said the cooperation with AFI KLM E&M, a leading partner in the air industry, will bring significant improvements in maintenance costs and duration, thus help the airline create more timely and comfortable flight experience for customers.

Jetstar Pacific, with two major shareholders of Vietnam Airlines and Qantas of Australia’s Qantas Airway, now has a fleet of 14 Airbus A320 planes, which is expected to increase to 30 by 2021.

According to Fabrice Defrance, Senior Vice President of AFI KLM E&M, the contract between Jetstar Pacific and AFI KLM E&M marks the beginning of a long-term cooperation between the two sides and affirms the strong presence of the company in Asia.

AFI KLM E&M has been providing support for nearly 2,000 planes operated by 200 airlines across the world.-VNA