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

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.

Vector Aerospace and Twin Jet Sign Multi-Year Engine Maintenance Agreement

January 15, 2013

Toronto, ON – Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic Inc. (Vector) and Twin Jet, based in Aix en Provence, France have signed a ten year agreement for an engine maintenance hourly rate program.

As per the terms of the exclusive agreement, Vector provides comprehensive fixed-wing aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services to Twin Jet’s fleet of Beechcraft 1900D’s from its facility in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

“Over the last ten years Twin Jet has progressed to become one of the leading European regional airlines,” says Olivier Manault, president of Twin Jet. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of efficient and reliable partners with similar priorities. Therefore it is no surprise and with great pleasure that Twin Jet has chosen a professional company like Vector Aerospace to provide us with PT6A-67D engine support on our fleet of Beechcraft 1900D’s over the next ten years.”

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to pursue our relationship with Twin Jet through an engine maintenance hourly rate program,” says Jeff Poirier, president of Vector Aerospace Engine Services – Atlantic. “We are delighted to support Twin Jet with a program that provides them with a fixed engine maintenance service over an extended period of time. Through this program, we are confident that our proven repair and overhaul practices will continue to provide great support and value to Twin Jet and its customers.”

Vector Aerospace, with engine MRO facilities in Prince Edward Island & British Columbia (Canada), the United Kingdom, Africa, France and Australia, is a P&WC Designated Overhaul Facility supporting the following engines:  Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A/PT6T /JT15D/ PW100/ PW305 / PW306 / PW307 / PW308.

CFM Opens New CFM56 Training Center in Hyderabad

March 9, 2010

2007, CFM International (CFM) today formally opened the new CFM56 Training Center here.
The Hyderabad facility, the fourth such engine maintenance training center for CFM56
customers worldwide, has the capacity to train 500 engineers annually and mirrors those in
China, France, and the United States.
There are currently more than 500 CFM56 engines in service in India and Southern Asia,
including Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, power Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The
first students are scheduled to begin training the week of March 8, 2010.
This new state-of-the-art training center, which will be fully certified by the Indian Directorate
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will represent an investment of approximately $15 million U.S.
by CFM over the next decade, including initial start-up costs.
“It gives me great pleasure to open this new CFM56 training center on behalf of CFM,” said Eric
Bachelet, president and CEO of CFM International. “We felt that Hyderabad in general, and the
Rajiv Gandhi Airport in particular, was the logical location for this new facility. The area is rapidly
establishing itself as a regional leader for excellence in aviation and we are proud to be part of
it. This CFM facility will provide extensive maintenance training that we believe is simply
unequalled in the region.”
The newest CFM56 Training Center will provide advanced hands-on courses in line
maintenance and borescope inspection for CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines, which power
Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Airbus A320 families aircraft, respectively. In addition to Indian
operators, the facility will also provide training to students from such near-by regions as the Gulf
states, the Middle East, and Far Eastern countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and the
CFM, a 50/50 joint company between France’s Snecma (Safran Group) and the General
Electric Company of the United States, is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial
aircraft engines. Since the company was founded in 1974, it has delivered more than 20,250
engines to more than 500 operators around the globe.


September 16, 2009

Iberia Maintenance will handle major inspections (C and D checks) for Northern Europe’s largest airline

Madrid, September 14, 2009

Iberia and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have reached an agreement whereby Iberia will carry out major maintenance operations (C and D checks) of the MD80s and Airbus A330s and A340s operated by the Scandinavian airline. The new contract is exclusive and has an initial term of two years, renewable to five.

Over the next year Iberia Maintenance will undertake inspections of MD80s and the two types of Airbus. It is a major contract for Iberia Maintenance, because it comes from one of Europe’s largest airlines.

José Luis Ruiz de Castañeda, general manager of Iberia Maintenance, noted that his firm “won this contract against strong competition –the quality and seriousness of our bid were decisive in winning SAS’ business”.

SAS, already one of Iberia Maintenance’s 100-plus outside clients, becomes one of the most important ones thanks to this new contract.

The C check, which is carried out every 18 months on long-haul aircraft and every 20 months on medium-and short-haul craft, consists of an exhaustive inspection of an aircraft’s structures, systems and interior and exterior zones, which involves the disassembly of brakes, wheels, and parts of the engines and wings, as well as inspection of the structure, fuel tanks, and other components.

The D check is the most complete, and is carried out every six years. It involves a deep inspection of the aircraft, and includes the removal of the engines for a thorough check and the inspection of landing gear and control surfaces –rudders, ailerons, and flaps. It ends with ground tests and sometimes a test flight. The D check normally takes about a month to complete.

Embraer Breaks Ground for its New Facility in Portugal

July 27, 2009


From left: Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer’s President & CEO; José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal; and José Ernesto d’Oliveira, Mayor of Évora, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Embraer industrial unit in the city of Évora, Portugal, held on July 26.

City of Évora welcomes Embraer to produce components of composite materials

São José dos Campos, July 26, 2009 – Embraer broke ground, today, for a new industrial unit to
be built in the city of Évora, Portugal. Participating in the event were the Prime Minister of
Portugal, José Socrates, and Embraer’s President & CEO, Frederico Fleury Curado, along with
the Mayor of Évora and other Portuguese Government officials.
The new 15,000-square-meter facility, scheduled for completion by the end of 2011, will be
dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials.
“Today’s groundbreaking celebrates a milestone for Embraer, as it expands its global
presence,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO. “This is a strategic step
towards improving our Company’s productivity and competitiveness. We are honored and
proud to strengthen our bonds with Portugal and, more widely, with Europe, one of our
largest and most important markets.”
The new composite material manufacturing facility will rely on state-of-the-art manufacturing
processes, in conjunction with the Company’s lean manufacturing initiatives. In order to
sustain and further develop the competencies of its centers of excellence, Embraer has been in
contact with local organizations, including potential suppliers, research centers, and
This facility represents an estimated total investment of € 48 million, which is fully integrated
with Embraer’s long-term planning and budget, and consistent with Company’s economic and
financial projections.
“We are proud to celebrate this achievement for Portugal, as we progress in consolidating
our aerospace cluster,” said José Socrates, Prime Minister of Portugal. “The expansion of
Embraer in our country will be a big boost for the economic development of Évora and its
region, and will demonstrate the competence of our workforce and the ability of our country
to be involved in such a selective and demanding industry.”

Bombardier Expands Airborne Parts Delivery Service into Europe

May 11, 2009