TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb 10, 2015) – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has further strengthened its global presence by appointing GMR Aero Technic Limited (“GMR Aero Technic”) of Hyderabad, India as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for its Q400 turboprop.
Under the ASF agreement, which takes effect immediately, GMR Aero Technic will offer Bombardier customers the full range of line and heavy maintenance services from its facilities located at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, India. The 27,300 square-metre (294,000 square-foot) state-of-the-art Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for line maintenance, and by both EASA and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA, India) for heavy maintenance.
“We’re very pleased to welcome GMR Aero Technic onboard as one of our trusted Authorized Service Facilities – the first in India to provide local Q400 aircraft operators, as well as those in the surrounding regions with maintenance expertise and first-class customer service close to their bases of operations,” said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “GMR Aero Technic has a great reputation and is well positioned to meet the needs of our customers. I am very confident about the level of service our newly minted ASF will provide.”
“Over the last four years, we have been assisting our airline customers with exceptional customer care and expertise, providing them with aircraft maintenance needs and solutions in a timely, cost-effective manner,” said Uday Naidu, Chief Executive Officer, GMR Aero Technics Limited. “We are excited to be working side-by-side with Bombardier to extend our services to its Q400 aircraft customers in the region.”
Currently, there are more than 340 Bombardier commercial aircraft in service with, or ordered by, customers and operators in Asia.
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 534 Q400 and Q400* NextGen* aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400* NextGen* aircraft have transported more than 355 million passengers and have logged over 5.7 million flight hours and more than 6.1 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 aircraft program (including the NextGen version) includes over 50 owners and operators in close to 40 countries on six continents. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing community.
About GMR Aero Technic Limited
GMR Aero Technic Limited employs over 260 technicians and administrative staff and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of “GMR AEROSPACE ENGINEERING LTD.” which is a part of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL). GMR Aero Technic Limited operates an integrated, world class third party airframe Maintenance, Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility located within the GMR Aerospace Park at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, India. GMR Aero Technic Limited provides airframe heavy maintenance services in its MRO facility and line maintenance at the Hyderabad Airport. The parent company GHIAL is a public-private joint venture between GMR Group (63 per cent), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) (11 per cent), the State Government of Telangana (13 per cent) and the Airports Authority of India (13 per cent), incorporated to develop, operate and maintain the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA).GMR Group, an infrastructure conglomerate, has developed two prestigious international airports in Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as an overseas airport in Istanbul; and is currently developing an airport in Cebu, Philippines.
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