Latin American carrier Avianca and ATR sign a 10-year maintenance contract

Written by thomas · Filed Under Commercial, Maintenance 

February 20, 2014


Avianca, one of the most recognized airlines in Latin America, has selected ATR to maintain and repair its new fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft for a period of 10 years. As reported at the time, in late 2012 Avianca signed a purchase agreement with ATR for a fleet of 15 ATR 72-600 aircraft, with the option for 15 additional aircraft of the same type.

The Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) covers the supply of spare parts, as well as repair and maintenance services for the new fleet of ATR aircraft currently being incorporated into the airline. ATR will handle the complete management of LRUs (Line Replaceable Units), the maintenance and availability of aircraft pieces, the advanced exchange pool of services, plus an inventory of spare parts at ATR’s logistics center in Miami.

ATR’s Senior Vice President Product Support & Services Lilian Braylé stated: “We are proud that Avianca has placed its confidence in our expertise as an aircraft manufacturer to handle the logistic support facilities worldwide with a dedicated and efficient service. The proven success of ATR’s maintenance services to our operators enables us to set up everything necessary to further improve the performance and operational efficiency of Avianca”.

Avianca’s President Fabio Villegas noted: “We are pleased to have signed this agreement with ATR. Their background and experience as a manufacturer and maintenance service provider allows us to predict that this will be solid partnership, with the results being reflected in the performance of our fleet and regional service quality.”

ATR currently has nearly 100 aircraft operating in the region operated by a dozen Latin American customers, which are covered with the Global Maintenance Agreement. These numbers continue to grow as the ATR turboprop fleet in Latin America continues to expand.

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