São José dos Campos, May 3, 2010 – In a ceremony held, today, at the facilities of TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil (TAP M&E Brazil), in Porto Alegre, Embraer announced the company as an Embraer Authorized Service Center (EASC) in Brazil. The event was also attended by representatives of the Azul, Passaredo, and TRIP airlines, and of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB). All of these customers will directly benefit from the agreement dealing with the commercial aircraft manufactured by Embraer.
“We are very proud to announce this partnership with TAP M&E Brazil to benefit our customers, thus expanding the maintenance services for our aircraft in Brazil,” said Luiz Hamilton Lima, Embraer Vice President, Latin America – Airline Market. “This is an important improvement for our growing base of Brazilian customers, by offering quick, efficient and top-quality services.”
The airplanes manufactured by Embraer and operating in Brazil, which include the E-Jets of the Azul and TRIP airlines and the regional ERJ 145 jets of Passaredo, as well as the FAB, will have TAP M&E’s modern base in Porto Alegre available for maintenance services. With five approved hangars that occupy an area of 12,500 square meters, the center is capable of handling six medium-size commercial jets at the same time.
“We see this announcement as a big triumph for our company,” commented Nestor Mauro Koch, President of TAP M&E Brazil. “We have provided services for Embraer aircraft for 34 years, and this is the crowning achievement of the relationship. TAP M&E Brazil is the only aircraft MRO company in Latin America that is certified to perform services for all of the world’s main commercial jet families, and this allows us to offer broad flexibility to our customers. We will make every effort for this to be a winning partnership.”