StandardAero Inks Exclusive Maintenance Agreement with West Atlantic

Tempe, Ariz. – February 2, 2011 – StandardAero announced today that it has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with West Atlantic. This long-term contract covers over 80 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW126 and PW126A engines.

According to West Atlantic, the decision to partner with StandardAero was based heavily on the company’s longevity in demonstrating value-added partnerships as well as ensuring consistency in cost control and quality.

“Our decision to renew our relationship with StandardAero followed extensive due diligence to ensure the services offered were still market competitive,” said Tony Auld, CEO/Managing Director, West Atlantic. “Over the years, StandardAero has shown flexibility and consistency in helping us control engine operating costs and ensuring the highest reliability levels. Two examples of StandardAero’s partnership approach to business are their dedicated program management to ensure both short and long-term oversight of our engines, and their guidance in helping us establish our own in-house engine repair capabilities.”

“We are extremely proud to partner with West Atlantic to support their PW100 engine maintenance requirements,” said Manny Atwal, Vice President, Turboprop Programs, StandardAero. “The combination of the size of the fleet and the specific build requirements for their missions led us to collaborate on a specific maintenance program to best meet their short and long-term business objectives.”

The support agreement involves engine maintenance and field support, as well as technical expertise to facilitate the development of West Atlantic’s own internal capabilities of ensuring basic engine support sustainability requirements.

StandardAero’s focus is on creating win-win relationships by serving as a long-term partner helping customers maintain operational readiness and manage their operating costs.

About West Atlantic
West Atlantic is the brand name of the West Air Europe Group and used in support of its cargo airline business that includes West Air Sweden, Atlantic Airlines of the UK and West Air Luxembourg. West Air Sweden started flying in 1962, commenced cargo operations in 1991 and undertook a major expansion into Swedish overnight mail services in 1996 and similarly so in Norway in 2006.

Atlantic Airlines was created in 2004 as an MBO from the Air Atlantique Group, itself established in 1969. West Air Luxembourg commenced operations in 2003. West Atlantic currently operates over 50 aircraft including the Boeing 737-300, Lockheed Electra, ATR-72, BAe ATP, and Bombardier CRJ-200-PF and Q400-F.

StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company with nearly $1.4 billion in annual revenue, specializes in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe, interior refurbishments and paint for business and general aviation, air transport, and military aircraft. The company, part of the DAE Engineering division, forms a global services network of 12 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, with an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a globally recognized aerospace company specializing in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, aircraft completions and aircraft leasing. The Company is headquartered in Dubai and operates in four continents and employs over 4,000 people. More information can be found on the company’s web site at