31 August 2012

Grupo Aeroméxico and Delta Air Lines Plan MRO Center in Querétaro, Mexico

Mexico City - 31 August 2012 – Grupo Aeroméxico and Delta Air Lines Inc. plan to begin construction of a jointly operated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center at the Intercontinental Airport in Querétaro, next to that State’s Aerospace Park. 

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and continuation of their commercial alliance, the carriers will invest equal amounts in the project to move work currently being done at the Guadalajara International Airport and expand MRO capabilities for their own aircraft and other carriers. The new facility’s heavy maintenance capacity will allow for up to seven aircraft to be serviced simultaneously. 

Delta President Ed Bastian said, “With the site selection, the joint efforts now move to begin constructing this facility that will usher in lower maintenance costs without compromising the very high quality work that Aeroméxico provides Delta.” 

While Andres Conesa, CEO of Grupo Aeroméxico noted that “This investment is a clear recognition of world class quality and service Mexico offers through its skilled manpower and particularly our company, as it will consolidate and complement the heavy maintenance and overhaul services both carriers have offered at the Grupo Aeroméxico maintenance base in Guadalajara over the last six years.” 

This project represents one of the most important investments in aviation infrastructure in Mexico in history and proves that the joint efforts between the private and public sectors benefit the country's economic growth. Delta Air Lines acquired a 4.17 percent stake in Grupo Aeroméxico in June of this year. 

Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Its fleet includes Boeing 777, 767 and 737 aircraft and the latest Embraer 145, 170 and 190 models. Grupo Aeroméxico operates its main hub out of Terminal 2 in the Mexico City International Airport, and offers 550 daily flights to different cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Aeroméxico is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance partnering 17 airlines. 

Delta is working to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of that goal Delta has established a long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes investing more than US $100 million in GOL. Likewise, Delta has invested more than US $65 million in Aeroméxico as part of a long-term exclusive commercial alliance and entered a code sharing agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas solidifying its footprint in Latin America. Delta provides service in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reaching out to 32 countries and 54 destinations in the region offering more than 1,000 weekly flights between Latin America and the U.S. 

With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 330 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. 

Source: Delta