ATLANTA, April 12, 2011 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has signed a five-year component maintenance and exchange agreement with Skymark Airlines to provide advance exchange power-by-the-hour (PBTH) services to Skymark’s fleet of 25 CFM56-7B powered Boeing 737NG aircraft.
The agreement expands Delta TechOps’ current five-year agreement with Skymark, in which it partners with comprehensive maintenance provider Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) to provide engine maintenance services to Skymark’s fleet.
"We’re excited to work together with our long-standing partner EGAT to expand our combined maintenance service offering for Skymark,” said Tony Charaf, president of Delta TechOps. “This new agreement will further bolster Delta TechOps’ maintenance repair and overhaul presence in Asia, which has grown substantially in recent years.”
Delta TechOps’ close-working relationship with EGAT — a well-known MRO in Asia — and experience with this engine and aircraft type were a key part of Skymark’s decision to award the new contract to Delta TechOps, according to Kimiyoshi, Sakaki, Director, Skymark Airlines.
“Over the past year, the quality maintenance services provided by Delta TechOps and EGAT have helped us establish a strong market in Asia. Delta TechOps’ extensive operational experience and overhaul expertise provide a competitive advantage for us as we continue to grow,” Sakaki said.
About Skymark Airlines
Skymark Airlines Inc., which started service in September 1998, is a low-cost Japanese air carrier that serves approximately four million passengers annually. To achieve operational efficiency and provide competitive fares, the airline’s route structure focuses on service from Tokyo to Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, Asahikawa and Okinawa. More about Skymark is available at www.skymark.jp/en/.
About Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation
Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) Corporation is a comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Asia. EGAT provides wide-ranging engineering and fleet management solutions on multiple airframes and engines, including Boeing Dreamlifter aircraft modification, and is a Center Of Excellence in engine overhauls. Supported by a 2,000-strong engineering, technical and management team, its global business footprint comprises more than two dozen airline customers. EGAT has been selected as Aviation Week’s 2009 Best Independent MRO in Asia-Pacific. More about EGAT is available at http://www.egat.com/tw/html/ENG/home.htm.
About Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America, generating approximately $500 million in revenue in 2010. In addition to providing 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, specializing in high-skill work like 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 seven decades of aviation expertise. More about Delta TechOps is available at: deltatechops.com.