ATR, the world's number one regional aircraft manufacturer and Toki Air, a new Japanese regional airline, announced the signing of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) contract for the operation of its two leased ATR 72-600 due to start in 2023.
Niigata city, Japan:
Niigata is a beautiful city whose northwest faces the Sea of Japan. As Japan's largest agricultural city, Niigata is covered largely by rice fields. Toki Air, the fourth ATR operator in Japan, aims to deploy its services to revitalise Niigata city by increasing connections within and between surrounding regions, linking communities and responsibly supporting growth.
Toki Air to benefit from a ten-year ATR GMA contract:
Toki Air with its vision of “More freedom in the sky” is working to enhance regional aviation networks and will ensure the reliability of its new operations by benefiting from a ten-year ATR GMA contract which covers onsite stock, Line Replaceable Unit Pool Exchange Service, Line Replaceable Unit Repair Service, propeller blades and landing gears.
Masaki Hasegawa, Representative Director of Toki Air, said: “Starting our operations with ATR aircraft covered by the ATR GMA means that we will be able to offer a responsible and reliable air connection to communities of Niigata and the surrounding regions. Selecting the ATR GMA ensures that we will benefit from the manufacturer’s expertise and we have the right infrastructure in place to optimise our operations. The availability and depth of support offered by the GMA makes it the best option available for ATR operators and the right choice for us.”
David Brigante, SVP Programmes and Customer Service of ATR, commented: “Toki Air is dedicated to revitalising some remote regions and supplying essential connectivity to help Japanese people living in remote areas link to larger hubs. Choosing ATR aircraft with a ten-year GMA contract to support their ambition is a real vote of confidence for us. We are pleased to count Toki Air as one of our new operators and provide the right solution through our aircraft and services to support a common vision.”
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Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA):
For 20 years ATR has contributed through its GMA to reducing operators’ maintenance costs and boosting their operations with the highest standards of support. This ATR maintenance programme is a tailor-made pay-by-the-hour maintenance package, designed to better anticipate maintenance costs while enhancing dispatch reliability, thanks to customised and flexible solutions and pool access to spare parts.