ATR and Azul Brazilian Airlines have renewed a maintenance agreement under which ATR will provide full aftermarket support for Azul’s fleet of nearly 60 ATR aircraft.
Originally signed in 2010, the accord has been extended for five additional years, and expanded to include Azul gaining access to a pool of ATR spare parts the manufacturer will now maintain in Brazil. The renewal, valued by ATR at $85 million, was signed April 14 at the Aviation Week MRO Americas conference in Miami.
Azul is the world’s largest operator of ATR turboprops, and this will phase out its four remaining ATR 72-500s. By 2016, all of its ATR aircraft will be 72-600s. ATR Senior Vice President-Product Support and Services Lillian Brayle said the manufacturer plans to develop a network of ATR-approved maintenance providers in Brazil. It will also open a spare-parts warehouse in São Paulo in partnership with Helibras to which Azul will have access.
Brayle said 30% of ATR aircraft globally are now covered by long-term maintenance contracts with the manufacturer, including 65% of ATR 72-600s.