Posted on: 20 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Avianca has selected ATR to maintain and repair its new fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft for a period of 10 years after signing up for an ATR Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA).
In late 2012 Avianca signed a contract with ATR for 15 form ATR 72-600s, with options for 15 more of the same type.
The GMA covers the supply of spare parts, as well as repair and maintenance services for the new fleet of ATRs 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 centre in Miami.
ATR's senior vice-president product support & services, Lilian Braylé, commented, “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.”