[Aviation Today January 31, 2014] Irish regional carrier Aer Arann has renewed its Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) with ATR to cover its fleet of 72-600s and 72-500 regional turboprop aircraft.
The Aer Lingus Regional subsidiary has a fleet of eight ATR 72-600s and two ATR 72-500s. ATR extended its agreement with the airline for five more years, under an original contract signed in 2007. The GMA provides complete maintenance and repair, including line replaceable units (LRUs) and landing gear overhaul.
"We recently welcomed our sixth new ATR aircraft, which has enabled Aer Arann to further expand our regional offering and to support the addition of new routes and frequencies on existing routes. Following the purchase of eight new ATR aircraft, Aer Arann launched two new routes between Dublin - Newcastle and Shannon - Bristol," said Seán Brogan, interim CEO of Aer Arann.
Aer Arann is the latest European carrier to renew or sign up for a GMA contract with ATR, which has GMAs covering one third of the total in-service fleet of ATRs worldwide.