Posted on: 04 November 2015 by Mark Howells
PNG Air, formerly Airlines PNG, and ATR have signed a comprehensive long-term Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) through which the OEM will provide a total support package for the airline's fleet of ATR 72-600s, one of which was recently delivered, with a further six to join the fleet within the next two years.
The GMA contract will run over 12 years and covers a large scope of component overhaul and engineering services, including the repair and overhaul of line replaceable units (LRU), maintenance of propellers, landing gear and leading edges. The support package also provides pooling services at ATR’s base in Singapore and on-site stock access at airline’s home base in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
“The new ATR 72-600s will form the backbone of PNG Air’s growth strategy and this long-term aircraft maintenance agreement will help ensure that we continue to meet customer's expectations of providing a reliable product, friendly service and reasonably priced options," emphasised PNG Air chief executive officer, Muralee Siva.
“We want to thank PNG Air for the trust they placed in us. As a committed partner, ATR will offer an optimal support to assist PNG Air in its successfully expanding business," remarked Tom Anderson, senior vice-president commercial and customer support of ATR. “It also illustrates that our unique global support solution as a leading aircraft manufacturer is now well recognised, and our material pool in Singapore is well positioned for the Asia-Pacific market.”