Airlines Finnair signs Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR

ATR has announced, that Finnair has signed a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) with the manufacturer.

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Finnish´ flag-carrier Finnair has signed a Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR. Finnair will benefit from the manufacturer´s program for 10 years. The deal will see the fleet of 12 ATR 72-500 turboprops being covered.

Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (NoRRA), the regional subsidiary airline of Finnair, will use the customized support from ATR, which will help the airlines to better anticipate maintenance costs. Furthermore, the program helps to enhance the dispatch reliability of its fleet.

The 10-year contract is a pay-by-the-hour contract that covers overhaul, repair and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units. Moreover, Finnair will benefit from door-to-door delivery and on-site leased stocks of spare parts.

Juha Ojala, Vice President Technical Operations of Finnair, said: “Our ATR flights form a key part of our feeder traffic to our Helsinki hub, and as a large share of our customers are transfer customers, they have strong expectations in terms of punctuality and reliability. This Global Maintenance Agreement is one step further in our relationship with ATR and ensures we benefit from the most suitable services, so that we can in turn provide our customers with a reliable and punctual travel experience.”

Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, added: “Finnair is new to our GMA programme but they have been part of the ATR family from the very beginning, as they took delivery of their first ATR aircraft, MSN 006, in 1986. During the challenging times we are currently living, the confidence from a valued customer is the best tribute they can offer to the quality and economics of our products and services. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with Finnair, so that they can in turn keep on operating regional traffic in a responsible and efficient fashion.”

Finnair is a long-standing ATR customer and currently uses the ATR 72-500 aircraft on regional routes throughout its network. The aircraft were transferred to the subsidiary NoRRA in June 2015 and have an average age of around 11 years.

As largest carrier in Finland, Finnair is mainly operating from Helsinki´s largest airport Vantaa. The carrier serves regional and international routes with a fleet of eight Airbus A319s, 10 A320s, 19 A321s, eight A330s, 12 A350 XWBs and 12 Embraer ERJ-190s. Finnair was founded in 1923.

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