Posted on: 13 April 2018 by Mark Howells
ATR and Mandarin Airlines, the regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, have agreed a package covering repair, overhaul and pooling services for line-replaceable units.
The Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) also includes a door-to-door service through which ATR will provide transportation of spares to the airline’s facilities. The GMA covers the carrier’s entire ATR turboprop fleet, consisting of nine ATR 72-600s.
This also results in the aircraft manufacturer hitting a key milestone of more than 300 in-service aircraft under GMAs. Through ATR’s flagship maintenance offer, Mandarin will benefit from an a la carte pay-by-the-hour maintenance package, with a high level of flexibility that makes it possible to meet a wide range of specific needs.
Mandarin Airlines’ president, Jenny Tsao, said about the deal: “In terms of maintenance and repair, the ATR GMA allows us to minimise our own stock level while maintaining an adequate level of protection. The delivery time for parts is very short, which means easier budget control for us and enhanced efficiency. Most of all, ATR’s support is proving extremely useful when it comes to offering recommendations as we phase in our new fleet and learn how to make the most of it.”
The maintenance agreement is part of broader support from ATR, which will be providing a full range of technical and engineering maintenance services, along with comprehensive training solutions for the airline’s flight crew, mechanics and technicians. It is also supporting China Airlines and its subsidiaries to set up in-house capabilities for ATR heavy maintenance, up to C-checks.
Mandarin, established in 1991, began operating its first ATR 72-600s only two months ago. China Airlines owns 93.99% of Mandarin.