Posted on: 15 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
ATR has announced two new partnerships – with Helibras and TAP Maintenance & Engineering (TAP M&E) – which significantly expands the company’s presence in Brazil, a region where ATR claims to have had the best-selling regional aircraft for the past ten years.
ATR will work with Helibras to set up a warehouse at the latter's Airbus Helicopters Customer Centre in São Paulo. ATR will then create a stock of spare parts there – including line replacement units (LRUs) – in direct support of its GMA (Global Maintenance Agreement) service for Brazilian customers.
This new centre is the sixth of this type for ATR, which already has other spare parts centres in Paris, Miami, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland.
“We are part of the same family, through our common shareholder,” commented Flávio Pires, VP support and services at Helibras. “It seems very fitting to provide our support in terms of logistics and stock management so that ATR can develop a support network in Brazil on a par with its commercial success in the region.”
ATR has also chosen TAP M&E as its first spare parts repair centre in Brazil, as well as announcing that the company has joined the network of centres recommended by ATR for the maintenance of the airframes of its aircraft.
Valter Fernandes, EVP operations, TAP M&E, remarked, “We are really pleased to have been selected by ATR to be a part of their network of approved maintenance centres. Being chosen and recommended by the aircraft manufacturer for various repair services is a major sign of recognition for the quality of our work. We are proud to be able to contribute to the expansion of ATR's activities in Brazil, and to use our airframe and component expertise for the success of its operators in the region.”
The fleet of ATRs in operation in the region has increased from 70 in 2005 to almost 180, and will exceed 200 aircraft next year.