Air Canada announced today the formation of Air
Canada Technical Services, a new organization within Air Canada that will
capitalize on the Corporation`s ability to compete on a global basis as a
maintenance, repair and overhaul profit centre.
“Air Canada has invested in excess of a billion dollars in its technical
operations over the years, and has built a strong reputation for quality
service, both internally and with third party customers,” said Robert Milton,
President and Chief Executive Officer. “The creation of Air Canada Technical
Services will allow us to maximize the value of our investment and enhance
shareholder value by competing for profitable third party contracts either
directly or through joint ventures.”
Robin Wohnsigl has been named President of the new organization, bringing
over thirty-five years of experience in the airline industry including, most
recently, three years as Vice President, then Senior Vice President, Technical
Operations at Air Canada. He has also held senior positions in aircraft
maintenance within the airline industry.
Mr. Wohnsigl will report to Captain Rob Giguere, who has been appointed
Executive Vice-President, Operations. Captain Giguere is responsible for
integrating the customer service experience with the company`s operational
performance in order to ensure that a consistent, quality product continues to
be delivered to customers.
Air Canada Technical Services is responsible for the maintenance,
engineering, repair, supply and purchasing to support the Air Canada/Canadian
Airlines combined mainline fleet of 240 aircraft. The organization also
performs total technical services for third parties in five maintenance
categories: airframes, engines, components, line and aircraft cabins.
Air Canada Technical Services employs about 8000 staff in Canada, the
U.S. and Europe. The airline`s major maintenance facilities are located in
Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.