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Air Canada secures huge MRO agreement

Montreal, Que. -- Sept. 5, 2001 -- Air Canada has secured a 16-year, US$285-million agreement for the maintenance a...


Montreal, Que. — Sept. 5, 2001 — Air Canada has secured a 16-year, US$285-million agreement for the maintenance and repair of components for Atlantic Coast Airlines’ fleet of Canadair Regional Jets. The contract came into effect September 1, 2001.

Maintenance work will be performed at Air Canada’s Dorval Maintenance Center located at the airline’s headquarters in Montreal. Atlantic Coast Airlines’ CRJ fleet is expected to grow to at least 96 aircraft by the end of 2003.

“A major long-term contract such as this reflects Air Canada’s strong reputation for quality service and technical expertise in a number of fleet types including the Canadair Regional Jet,” said Robin Wohnsigl, President, Air Canada Technical Services. “Our agreement with Atlantic Coast Airlines is consistent with our business strategy to leverage our expertise in maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) and grow our third party work by offering the world’s only one-stop shop for servicing the CRJ aircraft.”

In November 2000 Air Canada announced the formation of Air Canada Technical Services to capitalize on the airline’s ability to compete on a global basis as an MRO profit centre.

Air Canada Technical Services is responsible for the maintenance, engineering, repair, supply and purchasing to support Air Canada’s mainline fleet of 240 aircraft, as well as third party technical services, in five maintenance categories: airframes, engines, components, line and aircraft cabins.

Air Canada Technical Services employs approximately 8,000 staff in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, with four major maintenance base centers located in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Atlantic Coast Airlines serves over 66 destinations in 24 U.S. states and Canada with over 740 daily flights.

The development of Air Canada’s third party MRO work is consistent with the Air Canada Action Plan launched August 1, 2001. The Plan is being implemented to transform and reengineer Canada’s national carrier to meet new challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing airline industry.