VEM Receives EASA Certification for the Airbus A300-600

Rio de Janeiro, March 10, 2008 – VEM Maintenance & Engineering has just been approved by the European authority EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) to perform heavy maintenance and components overhaul on another aircraft model manufactured by Airbus: the A300-600. Less than two months after receiving certification from EASA for the A310, which occurred last January, the company adds this new capability to its product portfolio, allowing it to meet the increasing global demand for commercial Airbus aircraft maintenance.

The American Agency FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) had already certified VEM for these Airbus’ models (A300-600 and A310), in 2007, and for the A300, in 2004. Now, besides offering services for the entire Boeing fleet (B727, B737, B737NG, B747, B757, B767, B777, BBJ, DC10, and MD-11), the Embraer EMB-120, ERJ 145, and Legacy, and the Fokker F50 and F100, VEM is also capable of performing maintenance on the Airbus fleet (A300, A300-600, and A310).

"We have completed the EASA and FAA certifications for the A310 and A300-600 models, in line with VEM’s strategy of products diversification," says company CEO, Eng. Filipe Morais de Almeida.

As a leader in Latin America and the southern hemisphere in maintenance of commercial airplanes and their components, VEM is a world reference for the concept of "nose-to-tail maintenance", with over 80 years of experience. The company has a large complex of aeronautical shops (landing gear, engines and APUs, avionics, and others) and continuously invests in technical improvements, in order to offer the best solutions to its customers.

"The expectation of obtaining this certification and that of the A310 during the first quarter of 2008 has been confirmed. VEM’s team worked hard and this achievement is a victory for everyone! We now must bring in new customers and exceed their expectations," states the company’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Eng. Nestor Koch.