Posted on: 14 April 2015 by Mark Howells
ATR and Azul have signed a new Global Maintenance Agreement at MRO Americas, reinvigorating a maintenance relationship between the two companies that began in 2010.
The agreement is part of a large investment made by ATR in Brazil, which includes a new warehouse about to be opened in São Paulo in partnership with Brazil’s Helibras.
The new agreement covers 56 ATRs in the Azul fleet, which still has 11 more to be delivered, according to Lilian Braylé, senior vice-president product support and services, who noted the manufacturer is in the process of developing a comprehensive network of partners in the country. About a third of the entire ATR fleet worldwide is covered by GMAs with the manufacturer and, with the ATR 72s, it reaches 65%, a unique achievement in the regional industry, Braylé claimed.
Azul has operated a wide variety of ATR aircraft, some acquired in its merger with Trip, which has operated them since 1990s. That includes the ATR 42-300 and -500 as well as the ATR 72-200, -300, -500 and -600. It currently operates the ATR 42-500s and ATR 72-600s but will be refocussing its turboprop fleet renewal on the ATR 72-600s.
The new five-year agreement covers the provision of spares at the company’s facilities in Brazil, including line replacement units (LRUs). It also covers the management of the repairs of these parts and restocking through a pool as well as an availability and repair service for propeller blades and landing gear.
ATR maintenance is challenging, according to Azul technical director Evandro Braga who pointed to its wide network serving 105 cities through the continent’s largest nation. Indicating it is hard to keep up with the supply chain in so many far-flung points, he indicated the new maintenance agreement will greatly reduce the time to get parts.
Kathryn Creedy, contributor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net
Miami, FL, USA