QUERETARO, Mexico, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Grupo Aeromexico (BMV: AEROMEX) inaugurated their aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul center, TechOps Mexico, in a ceremony led by the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto. TechOps Mexico is located near the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport.
Both airlines invested a total of US $55 million, divided into equal shares, to construct these new facilities, which are located next to the Queretaro Aerospace Park. This project also received support from the state government of Queretaro. The facility is the largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul center in Latin America, with its total surface area measuring over 100,000 square meters. Its three hangars can accommodate up to nine aircraft simultaneously. Aircrafts will be serviced with cutting-edge technology and the highest quality and safety standards. This project represents one of the most important investments in aviation infrastructure of its kind and adds value to the aeronautic cluster the state of Queretaro has been developing over the last few years. The crew that will service the airplanes is being trained and updated in the classrooms of the Aeronautics University of Queretaro, which collaborated with TechOps Mexico and agreed to prepare its graduates to enter the labor market with training of the highest quality. In addition to featuring the most modern facilities of its kind in Latin America, TechOps Mexico is equipped with advanced systems for renewable and clean energy that reduce the use of traditional energy by one third, as well as a rainwater harvesting system, a recycling program, and other environmentally-friendly mechanisms. "TechOps Mexico is a sign of the confidence foreign and domestic investors have in our country," said Eduardo Tricio, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Aeromexico. "This is a very important day for the aviation industry in Mexico, as these facilities put it at the global forefront and transform it into a leader of the business opportunities that our nation has to offer." "The inauguration of this facility reflects the strong alliance between Aeromexico and Delta," said Gil West, Delta's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "We have an outstanding team of Delta and Aeromexico technicians certified to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards and committed to provide top maintenance to our fleet in an environmentally sustainable facility featuring use of solar energy, rain water harvesting system and its reuse and recycling." The ceremony was also attended by the state governor of Queretaro, Jose Calzada Rovirosa, the CEO of Grupo Aeromexico, Andres Conesa, and the Director of Sales for Delta in Mexico, Carlos E. Hernandez. The ceremony included the CEO of TechOps Mexico Miguel Angel Uribe, and other special guests. The launch of TechOps Mexico is a significant step towards strengthening the Delta-Grupo Aeromexico alliance, originally established in 2011, and reaffirming their commitment to continue to provide quality services to all their customers.