Airline transportation giants Delta Airlines and Grupo Aeromexico have announced plans to invest $40 million to build a joint heavy maintenance facility in the state of Queretaro in central Mexico. The facility will allow the companies to conduct aircraft maintenance, repairs and to overhaul equipment in Mexico real estate, in a strategically located facility that will be also be used to service the fleets of several other airlines.
The new facility is expected to begin operations in 2013 and will be able to service at least seven airplanes at one time. It will be located at the Queretaro International Airport, which lies next to the state’s aerospace park, a region that is quickly becoming known worldwide for its impressive cluster of aerospace manufacturing operations.
“With the site selection, the joint efforts now move to begin constructing this facility, which will usher in lower maintenance costs without compromising the very high quality work that Aeromexico provides Delta, ” Delta Airlines President Ed Bastian said in a statement to Fox News.
Grupo Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa told Fox that the new facility in Queretaro is one of Mexico’s largest aerospace investments, which will improve the maintenance service currently being handled by the base in Guadalajara.
“This investment is a clear recognition of world class quality and service Mexico offers through its skilled manpower and particularly our company, as it will consolidate and complement the heavy maintenance and overhaul services both carriers have offered at the Grupo Aeromexico maintenance base in Guadalajara over the last six years.”
The new facility is part of a memorandum of understanding that was signed between the two airline giants in 2011, which included Delta’s purchase of a 4.17 percent stake in Aeromexico for $65 million. Today, Delta is still the world’s largest airline carrier, transporting at least 160 million passengers each year on a fleet of 700 aircraft. Grupo Aeromexico recently announced that it would purchase an additional 100 Boeing aircraft and owns four subsidiaries, offering more than 550 flights each day to various locations throughout Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.