AirTran inks Bedek maintenance deal

AirTran Airways has awarded Israel Aerospace Industries’ Bedek Group a long-term contract
for landing gear maintenance covering its entire fleet of Boeing 737NG
aircraft.“AirTran Airways regards IAI’s Bedek Group as one of our superior
suppliers of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services,” said Stephen
Kolski, AirTran Airways’ senior vice president for operations. “In terms of
cost, quality and service, we have found IAI’s Bedek Group ready, willing
and able to consistently live up to its commitments. They have proven
themselves to be a partner in every sense of the word.”

  AirTran Airways has ordered 115 Boeing 737NG aircraft and taken
delivery of 50 to date. AirTran Airways also operates 87 Boeing 717
aircraft and has the youngest, all-Boeing fleet in North America.

  Danny Kleiman, IAI vice president and Bedek Group general manager, said
his organization looks forward to extending its ongoing relationship with
AirTran Airways.

  “We are very pleased to expand our long-term business relationship with
AirTran Airways,” Kleiman said. “AirTran Airways has been a distinguished
customer of IAI-Bedek for the last decade. The new contract for maintenance
of Boeing 737NG landing gear and other components allows AirTran Airways
and Bedek to reduce costs while maintaining the highest levels of quality
and service.”