ATLANTA, April 2, 2009 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) maintenance division, Delta TechOps, today announced it has finalized new five-year contracts with Global Aviation Holdings subsidiaries World Airways and North American Airlines. These agreements mark the third contract extension between Delta TechOps and the airlines, and will result in more than 13 years of partnership.

The new contracts, worth more than $200 million, include several expansions to the previous agreements. TechOps will perform component repair, inventory exchange programs, and drop-in A & C-check support for World and North American. TechOps will also provide time and material engine maintenance for World’s PW4000 and CF6-80C2 engines and be the exclusive provider of 331-200 APU repairs for North American.

“We’re honored to be expanding our relationship with World Airways and North American Airlines,” said Tony Charaf, president of Delta TechOps. “This extended agreement is a strong testament to the expertise of the men and women in TechOps. Their professionalism and commitment to quality and continuous operational improvement have been a driving force behind the success of our MRO business.”

“Global is one of the largest companies offering customized air transport services around the world, and reliability is essential to our airline operations,” said Charlie Addison, vice president of Strategic Sourcing and Corporate Services for Global Aviation Holdings. “These past nine years have really solidified the partnership between World Airways, North American Airlines and Delta TechOps. The new contracts give us a comprehensive provider in one location and more benefits than ever before.”

Global Aviation Holdings, based in Peachtree City, Ga., is the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways. North American Airlines, founded in 1989 and based in Jamaica, NY, operates passenger charter flights using B-757 and B-767 aircraft. World Airways, founded in 1948 and based in Peachtree City, Ga., operates cargo and passenger charter flights using DC-10, MD-11 and B-747-400 aircraft. Information about Global Aviation Holdings and its subsidiaries is available at

Delta TechOps is the largest airline MRO in North America, generating more than $500 million in revenue in 2008. In addition to providing maintenance and engineering support for Delta's mainline fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers from around the world, specializing in high-skill work like engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 8,500 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most experienced MRO providers with more than seven decades of aviation expertise. More about Delta TechOps is available at

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