ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2009 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) maintenance division, Delta TechOps, today announced it has inked an open-ended agreement to extend current maintenance support for Ethiopian Airlines to include total engine repair and overhaul of Ethiopian’s Pratt & Whitney 2040 engines. Delta TechOps began performing select maintenance support on Ethiopian’s fleet in 2005.

“The technical expertise and operational experience of the Delta TechOps team continues to be recognized around the world,” said Tony Charaf, president – Delta TechOps. “Our growing customer base is a reflection of the determination, talent and flexibility of the men and women in Delta’s technical operations.”

“In recent years, we’ve relied on Delta TechOps to assist us with some engine maintenance and other maintenance services, and today we are taking our partnership to the next level,” said Mesfin Tasew, vice president of Maintenance & Engineering – Ethiopian Airlines. “We are now looking to Delta for comprehensive engine maintenance support on our PW 2040 engines. We’ve seen firsthand that their knowledge and experience with this engine type is exceptional.”

About Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past sixty plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence.

Operating at the forefront of technology, it has also become one of Ethiopia’s major industries and a veritable institution in Africa. It commands a lion’s share of the pan African network including the only daily east-west flight across the continent.  Ethiopian serves 53 international destinations with 157 weekly international departures from Addis Ababa and a total of 410 weekly international departures worldwide. More about Ethiopian is available at

About Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America, generating more than $500 million in revenue in 2008. 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 8,500 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

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