AFI KLM E&Mthe MRO (Maintenance, repair and overhaul) subsidiary of the group Air France-KLM, inaugurated its new Engine workshop on Wednesday on the Orly platform. Following the inauguration of the site, Air France details its financing and its impact onemployment in Ile-de-France.
The result of an investment of 30 million euros – maintained despite the crisis linked to Covid-19 and its consequences – the new building called “ Concord » will enable AFI KLM E&M to strengthen its competitiveness by adapting to new generation engines.
The investments nourishing this project, emblematic of the industrial vocation of the territory, were made possible thanks to the support of the Île-de-France Region (1 million euros) and the State as part of the France Relance plan (800,000 euros). It demonstrates that Air France’s MRO activity is undeniably an asset of sovereignty and an element of France’s industrial excellence. This new building, made necessary by the innovations of new generations of engines, illustrates how industrial activities generated by technical progress benefit the regions, particularly through the impact on employment.
Air France, a dynamic Ile-de-France employer
Air France Industries represents more than 2,500 jobs in the Orly basin, including nearly 900 for the Engines activity. More broadly, the Air France Group (Air France and Transavia) generates nearly 7,000 direct jobs in the Orly basin. Since its launch more than 2 years ago, this project has generated recruitment needs to enrich and consolidate the teams. Aware of its social role as an employer, Air France is committed, throughout this work, to strengthening its contribution to the professional integration of young people from the Orly employment area.
The French company is a signatory of the manifesto for an industrial and productive territory and is committed to developing apprenticeships in the various industrial professions, in particular by strengthening efforts to feminize the sectors. These commitments are made in close collaboration with the associative fabric and the public authorities so that the development of activities benefits the entire territory of Grand Orly.
The new Engine workshop also makes it possible to be a strong vector of jobs in Air France’s industrial activities in Orly: the new organization generated by the single building has already generated nearly 97 permanent hires since 2021. Over this period, 265 interns and 94 work-study students were also welcomed. This dynamic will continue in 2023, for managerial, non-managerial and work-study employees as 150 positions are to be filled, particularly in production.
This entire project was an opportunity to train numerous employees in new skills: 50,000 hours of training were thus opened, particularly within the Engine School. Finally, an inclusive sector “ engine maintenance » was developed with the Jeremy Association, in partnership with the CFA des Métiers de l’Aérien and with the support of local stakeholders. Three classes of POEC (Operational Preparation for Collective Employment) were thus able to be trained.
“This project illustrates how Air France’s historical territorial roots are an asset for its activities and its industrial performance. Air France has always made sure to open its businesses to residents of the Ile-de-France region, allowing everyone to benefit from its rich and numerous opportunities.“, concludes the French airline.