Indaer International Announces Five New Heavy Maintenance Contracts

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Five Operators from Five Countries Select Indaer and AvCraft for 10 ATR and Dornier Heavy Checks

We selected them because of their experience on regional aircraft and their outstanding program management capabilities.

Aerospace maintenance, engineering and technical services company Indaer International today announced that it and its joint venture partner, AvCraft Support Services, have been awarded contracts from five regional airlines to provide heavy maintenance on ATR 42 and Dornier 328 regional turboprop aircraft.

Cape Air, a US regional airline headquartered in Hyannis, MA, has contracted for two ATR 42 heavy checks, with the first aircraft to be inducted in September. Cape Air operates the ATRs in Guam under a code-share agreement with Continental Airlines.

Dutch Antilles Express, which operates regional services from a hub in Curacao in the southern Caribbean, has also contracted for two ATR 42 heavy checks, with the first, a 36,000 Cycle Inspection, to begin in July.

Cape Air and Dutch Antilles Express become the third and fourth ATR operators to select Indaer and AvCraft to meet their heavy maintenance needs. “I am delighted to be working with Indaer and AvCraft,” said Jim Goddard, Senior Vice President of Maintenance for Cape Air. “We selected them because of their experience on regional aircraft and their outstanding program management capabilities.”

Central Mountain Air, a Canadian regional airline, operates scheduled services linking Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to destinations throughout Alberta and British Columbia, some under a code-share agreement with Air Canada. A long-standing customer, CMA has this year contracted for two Dornier 328 Turboprop heavy checks, which will be completed by June. “AvCraft’s experience on the Dornier 328 is second to none,” said Darryl Brown, Director of Maintenance for CMA. “They turn out a quality product.”

FlyMex, a rapidly growing charter airline operating from a base in Toluca, Mexico, has contracted for two Dornier 328 Jet heavy checks. The first aircraft was inducted earlier this month.

Ecuadorian regional carrier VIP S.A., another long-standing customer of AvCraft, has committed for two Dornier 328 Turboprop heavy checks in 2010. The first aircraft will be redelivered before the end of May. VIP S.A. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Synergy Group, which controls six airlines in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Nigeria, including major carriers Avianca and TACA.

“These contracts reflect the strength of our capabilities in Myrtle Beach,” said. Mike Hill, General Manager of AvCraft Support Services. “They come from respected regional airlines operating in five different countries in North and South America.”

Calvin Tuitt, Indaer’s Director, Sales and Marketing, North America and Caribbean, believes today’s announcement validates the competitive advantages inherent in the Indaer and AvCraft joint venture. “We combine the engineering, systems and program management expertise at Indaer with the regional aircraft maintenance experience at AvCraft,” he said. “Together we consistently deliver a high-quality product on-time and on-budget.”

About Indaer International and AvCraft Support Services

Indaer International is an aerospace, engineering and technical services company that was created as a successor to ACES, a South American regional airline with a long and successful history of Airbus, Boeing and ATR operations.

Today Indaer employs 45 full-time engineers, technicians and systems analysts who provide start-up and lease transition assistance; technical training; maintenance planning and oversight; in-service engineering; and field support for owners and lessors of Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, ATR and Bombardier aircraft.

Indaer also provides Airbus A320 and ATR 42 and 72 line maintenance, ATR intermediate maintenance and Twin Otter heavy maintenance at hangar facilities in Bogota and Medellin in Colombia, and, in partnership with AvCraft Support Services, ATR, Dash 8, ERJ145 and Dornier 328 heavy maintenance at a facility in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The company has engineering offices in Colombia and Brazil and sales offices in Canada and Switzerland.

Founded in 2004, AvCraft Support Services provides regional aircraft heavy maintenance and modifications in a 130,000 sq ft facility at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The facility includes hangars, back shops and a double bay paint shop adjacent to a 400,000 sq ft aircraft storage area.

In 2009, Indaer and AvCraft supported 28 customers from 11 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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