Air Canada and its Star Alliance partner, SAS, today signed a 14-month agreement for Air Canada to perform heavy maintenance work on SAS Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The contract for major airframe cabin reconfiguration work, valued at approximately $10 million, begins February 2000. It will result in the creation of up to 180 new jobs at Air Canada`s Dorval maintenance base.
“Today`s announcement highlights another of the many benefits available to Air Canada as a member of Star Alliance, the world`s largest airline alliance. With this new contract, we are extending our Star Alliance partnership with SAS to include an additional area of Air Canada expertise, namely that of third party heavy maintenance services,” said Robin Wohnsigl, Vice President, Technical Operations, on the occasion of the contract signing in Copenhagen today. “I am particularly pleased to announce that our recent $23 million investment in upgrades to the Dorval facilities are paying off, and the benefits will be felt in the Montreal community through the creation of upwards of 200 new jobs at Air Canada.”
Recently, the airline invested $23 million to upgrade its heavy maintenance facilities at Dorval to compete on a world wide basis for third party maintenance contracts on Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft types.
Air Canada operates two heavy maintenance centres, located at Dorval, Quebec, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The airline`s heavy maintenance experience spans more than six decades, offering total support for operators of Boeing 767, Airbus A319, A320, A340, DC9 and Canadair Regional Jet aircraft.