Delta TechOps Adds Eos Airlines as Newest Maintenance Insourcing Customer

Atlanta, GA, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Delta Air Lines has signed a five-year agreement for Delta’s maintenance division, Delta TechOps, to provide engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) maintenance, along with component and inventory support services for Eos Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft.

Founded in March 2003, Eos is a privately held airline based in New York and will operate daily Boeing 757 jet service between New York and London beginning this fall. Its Boeing 757 aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engines and Honeywell GTCP331 APUs. The agreement leverages Delta TechOps’ strength as a Boeing 757 maintenance provider – TechOps currently maintains more than 150 PW2037-powered 757 aircraft for Delta and its customers.

“It was very important to us to select a maintenance provider with a proven record for safety, reliability and excellent customer service,“ said Eos Vice President of Contracts Larry Gibbons. “Delta TechOps offers all three. And we’re confident that with more than two decades worth of experience maintaining the 757 aircraft, Delta TechOps will help us offer our customers the best operational reliability.”

Said Delta TechOps Senior Vice President Tony Charaf, “The new agreement with Eos provides additional opportunities for Delta TechOps to further strengthen its MRO business and strengthen our position as a leading provider of engine and component maintenance. We’re pleased to partner with Eos Airlines and look forward to providing world-class maintenance services for its growing fleet.”

Delta’s TechOps division, staffed by more than 8,000 maintenance professionals from around the world, provides maintenance and engineering support services for Delta’s fleet of aircraft in addition to customer aircraft, engines and components. Services range from project engineering to comprehensive nose-to-tail agreements that provide complete aircraft and engine maintenance support.

Eos, named for the ‘Greek goddess of the Dawn,’ is a privately held airline that is scheduled to begin offering the first all-premium service between New York’s JFK International Airport and London’s Stansted Airport this fall. The company has raised $87 million in equity and approximately $100 million in lease financing.

Eos brings an innovative and specialized approach to air travel, reinventing the commonplace flight environment (a multi-class airplane with more than 200 seats) into a premium tailored space that provides its 48 guests aboard a Boeing 757 aircraft 21 square feet of personal space, superior customer attention and first-class hospitality.