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MRO AMERICAS: VivaAerobus signs 8-year support deal with AJW Aviation for its 52 new A320s

VivaAerobus has chosen AJW Aviation to provide component power-by-the-hour-type support for its fleet of 52 factory-new A320 aircraft, including 40 A320neos.

Prior to the first deliveries from Airbus in 2015, VivaAerobus will have an additional six interim A320s joining its fleet during 2014 and these also form part of the comprehensive contract with AJW, the deal being announced during MRO Americas in Phoenix.

An extensive inventory of A320 components will be placed in Mexico at Monterrey, Cancun and Guadalajara. AJW will also provide pool inventory support from its hub in Miami – this strategic location proving to be a vital part of the support network for VivaAerobus. Additionally, AJW Technique, the AJW Group’s component MRO located in Montreal, will underpin the service delivery with its specialist Airbus repair and overhaul expertise.

Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus, commented, “We have been impressed by both the AJW team, and the commercial flexibility of this far-reaching agreement. We partnered with AJW years ago and have received world-class support that ensures the punctuality and top performance of our existing fleet of Boeing 737-300s. We will undoubtedly benefit from their A320 expertise throughout our fleet transition.

“This decision to renew our fleet will support our growth strategy, as it will enable us to lower costs and airfares even further, thereby widening VivaAerobus’s price leadership over all airlines in Mexico. These aircraft will provide VivaAerobus with additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities as we deliver even lower fares and continue transferring the Mexican bus consumer to our aeroplanes. We are making aviation history in Mexico and in the travel industry,” added Zuazua.

AJW currently supports VivaAerobus’s Boeing 737 Classic fleet of 19 aircraft and will continue to do so until these leave service as they are replaced by new A320s in late 2016.

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