Air Calédonie Signs Five Year GMA Extension

Airline to extend coverage for its fleet of four ATR 72-600 aircraft

Toulouse, 5 Octobre, 2021 – ATR and Air Calédonie announce a five year extension of their Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). The contract will cover Pool and Repair for Line Replaceable Units for the airline’s four ATR 72-600 aircraft. This extension will also see additional Line Replaceable Units P/N and Propeller Services added into the contract. Air Calédonie uses its ATR aircraft to provide essential connectivity throughout New Caledonia’s entire domestic network of archipelagos, supporting passengers to access economic and educational opportunities, as well as supporting the provision of healthcare. Through the GMA, ATR has contributed to reducing operators’ maintenance costs and boosting their operations for over 20 years.

Eric Broutte, Technical Director of Air Calédonie commented: “Optimising maintenance costs is always important for a regional airline, but during these uncertain times, it is crucial to have support that you can rely on. ATR’s commitment to and investment in the support and services they provide makes a real difference to airlines. Extending our relationship with ATR also means that we will continue to benefit from their unrivalled expertise and experience with the aircraft. We are happy to be signing on for another five years.”

David Brigante, SVP Customer Support and Services remarked: “This contract represents another step in our shared journey with Air Calédonie which stretches back around 35 years to the delivery of the company’s first ATR 42. An aircraft is only valuable when it is flying and that is why it is vital that we provide the best possible service to our clients. Air Calédonie’s decision to extend and enhance their contract shows the quality of support that we are delivering. To meet the needs of an airline that is providing essential connectivity in a geography as diverse as New Caledonia is a real source of pride for ATR and truly demonstrates the value of our GMA.”

About ATR

ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72, the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat market segment. The unifying vision of the company is to accelerate sustainable connections for people, communities and businesses, no matter how remote. Flown by some 200 airlines in over 100 countries, ATR aircraft opened 150 new routes in 2023, facilitating the development of territories and enabling access to crucial services like healthcare and education. Thanks to ATR’s focus on continuous innovation and the intrinsic efficiency of the turboprop technology, ATR aircraft are the most advanced, versatile, cost-effective and lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market, emitting 45% less CO2 than similar-size regional jets. In January 2022, we flew the first ever commercial aircraft using 100% SAF in both engines. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.