Bahamasair Signs Three Year Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR
Bahamasair CEO, Tracy Cooper, declared: “Every airline needs its aircraft to be flying as much as possible so maintenance is naturally vital. ATR’s GMA responds specifically to our needs and their expertise will reduce the amount of time our aircraft spend on the ground. Our ATRs provide essential domestic connections within the Bahamas and also allow a more flexible international schedule. Our passengers depend on a reliable service and ATR’s GMA is a valuable tool to help us deliver this.”
Tom Anderson, Senior Vice-President Programs and Customer Services of ATR said: “Bahamasair’s decision to choose our GMA proves the quality of ATR’s global services footprint that we are able to offer airlines. The value of our policy of offering solutions as close to our operators as possible is reflected by the comprehensive GMA coverage in the Caribbean. Nobody knows our aircraft better than we do and we will continue to strengthen our maintenance offer, ensuring our operators will always get the most value possible from our bespoke GMA.”
Today ATR covers more than 300 in-service aircraft under GMA and more than 40 operators benefit from this service. The Latin American and Caribbean market is of particular significance for ATR, as over 170 ATR aircraft are operated by 30 operators in the region. With a warehouse in Sao Paulo, an ATR-labelled MRO partner – TAP M&E – in Brazil, and APS Brazil performing the maintenance of propellers, ATR is able to provide its operators with 24/7 assistance as close to their operations as possible.
Bahamasair was established in 1973 as a product of a newly established Independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The mandate was to provide a safe and reliable mode of air transportation throughout the archipelagic nation and internationally. The National Flag carrier’s purpose was to provide an ‘Essential Service’ bridging Nassau, the nation’s capital and the remote ‘Family of Islands’.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 40% less fuel and emit up to 40% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.