ATLANTA, July 25, 2008 – Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) maintenance division – Delta TechOps – has inked a seven-year contract with Alaska Airlines to provide exclusive engine overhaul and repair services for the CFM56-7 engines that power Alaska’s fleet of Boeing 737-700 and 737-900 aircraft. The deal, worth more than $200 million, leverages Delta’s unique partnership with Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation to provide Alaska with a comprehensive engine maintenance solution with industry leading quality and economics.

"We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Delta TechOps, and look forward to the operational and financial benefits it will bring over the coming years", said Glenn Johnson, executive vice president Airports, Maintenance and Engineering for Alaska Airlines.  "Delta TechOps will bring outstanding technical expertise, as well as a very engaged team to provide this important element of our engine maintenance strategy."

The agreement marks the first maintenance contract between Delta TechOps and Alaska Airlines, and adds to the impressive growth of Delta TechOps’ engine maintenance business.  In 2008, Delta TechOps will overhaul more than 300 engines for its external maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) customers. Delta TechOps is a leader in operational experience with the CFM56 engine and is one of the largest CFM56 MRO providers.

“Alaska’s selection of Delta TechOps is a tremendous vote of confidence in our people and we are truly honored to partner with them to provide a quality engine maintenance program,” said Tony Charaf, president – Delta TechOps. “We continue to grow our MRO business thanks to our professional, highly skilled and flexible employees, as well as our capacity and comprehensive product offerings.”

Delta TechOps is the largest airline MRO in North America, earning $377 million in revenue in 2007. In addition to providing maintenance and engineering support for Delta's fleet of more than 450 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 125 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 6,500 maintenance professionals and is one of the most experienced MRO providers in the world with more than seven decades of aviation expertise. To learn more about Delta TechOps, visit

Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air together serve 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

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