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Air France E&M bases kept busy.

Air France E&M bases kept busy Paris--Like ancient Gaul, Air France's maintenance and engineering establishment is divided into three parts. The largest is at Orly Airport, where some 5,000 are employed. Next largest is at Charles de Gaulle/Roissy, where 1,800 are employed. At Toulouse, about 750 are employed. In addition, a number of maintenance personnel are assigned to major Air France stations abroad. Orly is the main base and is headquarters for engineering, tooling, purchasing, financial and administrative functions.

During a recent visit to Air France, ATW interviewed Claude Kientz, senior VP-technical operations, Gerard de Feraudy, directuer du material (VP-technical) and various department managers, and toured the extensive facilities at Orly.

With a fleet of 100-plus aircraft, the three bases are kept busy. However, de Feraudy pointed out, not all Air France airframes and engines are overhauled at the carrier's own facilities; as a member of the ATLAS consortium (other members are Alitalia, Iberia, Lufthansa and Sabena), it delegates the overhaul of some airframe and engine types to other partners. In turn, it is the airline responsible for the Boeing 747 airframe and the G.E. CF6-50C engine. It also does considerable work for third parties, including the French Air Force.

De Feraudy States that Air France is "technically responsible" for overhaul of 80 747s and 400 CF6-50Cs. …

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