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Air France helps Libyan airlines

By control on December 21, 2011

Air France-KLM is lending a helping hand to Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines, two companies that experienced aircraft damage and a total shutdown during the recent unrest.

Libyan Airlines has signed a five-year maintenance agreement. The deal includes maintenance visits for the airline's four A320-200s and two ATS 42-500s; Air France will also provide assistance for Libyan's three A320-200s currently on order.

Afriqiyah has reinstated a maintenance contract signed in 2008 that was put on hold because of the political protests. The agreement covers maintenance visits and repairs of A320s and A330s.

For its part, Air France-KLM has said that it will resume suspended flights to Tripoli as soon as it can verify the that the proper safety and operational procedures are in place.

In a statement, Franck Terner, vice president, Air France Industries, expressed his commitment to helping Libyan aviation get back on the right track.

"Air France is very honored to be associating its expertise and knowledge with the resumption of air operations of these two Libyan airlines," he said.

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