Air Canada seeks new MRO providers to replace Aveos

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Air Canada has identified maintenance providers to temporarily take over the work that was supposed to be performed by Aveos Fleet Performance, which filed for bankruptcy protection on 19 March.

The transfer of the work to these new providers, based in Canada and the US, is already underway, says the airline.

"For example, three aircraft scheduled for maintenance this week will go to a Quebec-based maintenance provider currently used by other Canadian and international airlines," adds Air Canada. "In addition, arrangements are being made to complete the maintenance of the three aircraft remaining at Aveos facilities."

The airline reiterates that Aveos' closure will not have an effect on its overall maintenance activity or flight operations, adding that the day-to-day work is handled in-house by the carrier itself.

In the long term, the airline says it hopes maintenance providers will "conduct due diligence" and study which Aveos businesses may be viable under new ownership. "Air Canada has a strong preference for working with a global MRO which has an interest and ability to provide component, repair and overhaul services in Canada, with particular emphasis given to Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto," says the airline's VP for maintenance and engineering Alan Butterfield.

"The company expects to work collaboratively with governments and other stakeholders towards viable long-term arrangements that are cost competitive."