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Delta to use Air Canada maintenance services as it cuts technical operations

Vancouver, BC -- Air Canada Technical Services of Vancouver will be used for heavy maintenance work by Delta Air Li...


Vancouver, BC — Air Canada Technical Services of Vancouver will be used for heavy maintenance work by Delta Air Lines Inc. of New York, N.Y., as that airline cuts jobs from its technical operations.

Delta is restructuring its technical operations division in a move to save US$240 million over five years, it said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2005.

The airline says it plans to link up with two suppliers for heavy maintenance work, resulting in a 34% cost reduction.

Delta will use Air Canada Technical Services for work on its 757 and 767 fleets, and Avborne of Miami, Fla., for its MD-88 and MD-90 fleets. Delta will remain responsible for monitoring the proper execution of its maintenance program.

Delta expects to eliminate a total of 6,000 to 7,000 positions throughout the company as part of its transformation process. Technical operations will contribute 1,600 to 2,000 of those jobs.