Posted on: 07 January 2014 by Mark Howells
ATR and Royal Air Maroc have announced the signing of a four-year Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) for the airline’s new fleet of ATR-600 Series aircraft.
The initial contract covers the four ATR 72-600s already owned by the airline. Having received its first ATR 72-600 in August 2011, Royal Air Maroc was the first carrier in the world to operate the aircraft.
Under the GMA, ATR will manage all aspects of maintenance and repair for equipment including LRUs and propeller blades. The GMA also guarantees Royal Air Maroc the permanent availability of these spare parts from ATR’s logistics centre in Paris. The airline will also use ATR exclusively for all of its maintenance procedures, thus benefitting from the OEM’s expertise, which will aid the maintenance cost per flight hour.
Zouhair Mohamed El Aoufir, deputy general manager of Royal Air Maroc, commented, “We are proud to be the first operator of these new ATR-600 aircraft and are very happy with the technical reliability of these aircraft, which we have already been operating for nearly two years. It is now time to develop our partnership further with ATR through the signing of this agreement. This will allow us to be able to continue to optimise the operation of our new fleet and to offer a high quality service to our passengers.”
Nearly 300 ATR aircraft currently in operation are covered by GMAs with ATR. This represents nearly a third of ATR’s total operational fleet.