ATLANTA, April 27, 2010 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) maintenance
division, Delta TechOps, today announced that the company has signed a long-term strategic contract with Global Avia Logistics (GAL) to support the overhaul and repair services of Nordwind Airline’s Pratt & Whitney 2000 Series (PW2000) engines and GTCP 331-200 auxiliary power units (APUs). The engine and APU maintenance will support Nordwind’s Boeing 757 fleet, which is operated in Asia and Europe.
“Global Avia Logistics and Delta TechOps view each other as critical partners and have a mutual respect for one another,” said Kazim Dikici, president, Global Avia. “By leveraging Delta’s logistics network, which includes a B757 maintenance presence in Asia and Europe, we can boost our operational efficiencies, and our collective abilities will offer the market safe, high quality and cost-efficient services.”
Delta TechOps, which services more than half of the PW2000 market, has extensive operational experience and material access for this engine type.
“This partnership is a direct reflection of the TechOps team’s exceptional skill with this particular engine type,” said Tony Charaf, president, Delta TechOps. “By partnering with Global Avia, we will be able to expand our growing presence in the European and Asian markets — especially in the Commonwealth Independent States, where aviation is steadily growing.”
Last week, Delta TechOps announced it was named the Aviation Week MRO of the Year — Outstanding Maintenance Group, and was voted “Best Total Solutions Provider” in the annual OneAero Top Shop Awards. The MRO of the Year Awards recognize the best Maintenance Repair and Overhaul providers worldwide for pioneering achievements. Award recipients are selected by the editors of Overhaul & Maintenance magazine in four separate categories, including Outstanding Maintenance Group. The Top Shop Awards, which were presented to only 16 of 1,300 eligible aerospace repair centers around the world, recognize superior customer support, excellent turn-around times and competitive repair pricing.
About Global Avia Logistics (GAL)
Global Avia Logistics, (GAL) was formed in 2009 to provide a range of integrated services to the aviation industry. Presently, GAL is a supplier of aircraft parts and aviation services to a variety of customers, including airlines, aircraft operators and MRO operations. GAL is the exclusive logistics provider of Nordwind Airlines. For more information, visit www.gloavia.com.
About Nordwind Airlines
Headquartered at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, Nordwind Airlines operates under its EASA 145 certificate as a worldwide charter airline. Established in May 2008, Nordwind is licensed to carry out passenger and cargo transportation and operates a fleet of five Boeing 757s. The airline will add another 757 and two 767 aircraft to its fleet by the end of 2010. Nordwind operates charter flights from Moscow to all European destinations, as well as Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, India, Bangkok and other Asian destinations. The airline also provides wet lease services to international airlines. For more information, visit www.nordwindairlines.ru/eng.
About Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America, generating more than $500 million in revenue in 2009. In addition to providing maintenance and engineering support for Delta's fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world, specializing in high-skill work like engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 8,500 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most experienced providers with more than seven decades of aviation expertise. More about Delta TechOps is available at www.deltatechops.com.