TOKYO, April 24, 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has reached a multi-year lease agreement with the Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA) for a 13,000 square meter hangar facility to reinforce aircraft maintenance work for Delta’s transoceanic fleet at its Narita hub operation.
“We thank the NAA for their continued partnership as we serve the Japanese market and this move will support our ongoing efforts to provide our customers in Japan and across the world a highly reliable and satisfying air travel experience,” said Vinay Dube, Delta’s senior vice president- Asia Pacific. “We are proud to be the first U.S. flag carrier to have this important asset in Japan.”
Delta projects that the hangar facility will be ready for operations during the fourth quarter. The facility’s capacity will allow Delta to perform routine aircraft maintenance on its transoceanic aircraft including the Boeing 747-400. Delta will also utilize the space to consolidate operational support groups that exist in separate facilities today.
“We are looking forward to this investment in our Narita maintenance team as it will allow us to enhance our capabilities and further support our stellar workforce,” said Lee Gossett, Delta’s vice president - Line Maintenance. “We continue to look for more efficient and effective opportunities to handle our routine and non-routine maintenance requirements. This facility will give us much need flexibility to support Delta’s operation and our customers.”
About Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. Its customers laud its reputation for high-quality service and cost management. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world. The organization specializes in high-skill work such as engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 9,600 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most-experienced providers with more than 70 years of aviation experience. TechOps has more than 100 certified maintenance professionals at Narita airport, which is the largest operation outside the United States, and provides maintenance support to Delta and its customer airlines from various countries. Delta TechOps is certified by Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in accordance with Article 20, Paragraph 2 of Civil Aeronautics Law to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to operators licensed by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). More about Delta TechOps is available at www.deltatechops.com
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.