AeroLines MesoAmericanas (Alma de Mexico) contracts for Bombardier CRJ200
jet heavy maintenance
MONTREAL, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - ExelTech Aerospace Inc. ("ExelTech
Aerospace" or the "Company"), (TSX Venture: XLT), Canada's largest
publicly-listed commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul
organization, today announced that it has signed a General Terms Agreement
with its first Mexican customer. Aerolineas MesoAmericanas de Mexico (Alma de
México), a rapidly growing regional airline headquartered in Guadalajara, is
contracting ExelTech Aerospace to perform heavy maintenance on its Bombardier
Under this agreement, the Montreal-based aircraft maintenance, repair and
overhaul company will perform this work at its Montreal Regional Jet
Maintenance Facility at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
"All of us on the ExelTech team are excited about this opportunity to
demonstrate our expertise and commitment to customer service," said Donald
Kamenz, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, ExelTech Aerospace. "We will
provide Alma with the turnaround times, quality and value that are critical to
Alma's success as a fast-growing airline in a highly competitive market."
"We are very pleased that we discovered ExelTech Aerospace. They have a
proven track record of providing regional jet operators with the level of
quality, service and commitment that we demand," said Mike Dornenburg,
Vice-President, Technical Operations. "We look forward to developing a long
term relationship with ExelTech Aerospace."
ExelTech Aerospace entered the Bombardier CRJ MRO market in April 2005.
In the two years since then, ExelTech's CRJ customer base has grown to include
ten airlines, leasing companies and service providers.
About Alma de Mexico
AeroLineas MesoAmericanas, known as "Alma de Mexico," received its AOC
certificate in September 2005 and began operations in June 2006 with an
inaugural flight linking Guadalajara and Puebla. The initial fleet of six
Bombardier CRJs will grow to 22 when Alma has taken delivery of all aircraft
currently on order, when the airline will be operating on a network linking
21 cities within Mexico at the end of 2007. Future plans call for a fleet of
35 aircraft and the launch of international services to the US and the
Caribbean, within the next five years.
About ExelTech Aerospace
The third-largest commercial airframe Maintenance, Repair, and overhaul
(MRO) vendor in Canada, ExelTech Aerospace is listed on the TSX Venture
Exchange and trades under the symbol XLT. The company holds Transport Canada,
US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) approvals to repair a wide range of aircraft, structures, components
and electrical and electronic systems. Aircraft models serviced by ExelTech
Aerospace include Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ regional jets; ATR-42 and 72,
Bombardier Dash-8 and Saab 340 regional turboprops; and Boeing 737, 757 and
MD-80 narrow-body airliners.
With 230,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space in three
facilities at Montreal and Quebec City, and with marketing offices in the US
and Europe, ExelTech Aerospace provides maintenance repair and overhaul
services to airlines in Canada, the US and 21 other countries around the
To learn more about ExelTech Aerospace Inc. (TSX Venture: XLT), please
visit our website at www.exeltech-aerospace.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy of this release.
For further information:
For further information: Elisabeth Preston, Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, ExelTech Aerospace, (613) 614-4884, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Thierry Bernard Medina , Director, Public Relations, Alma de Mexico, (52)