Pemco lands new maintenance deals after emerging from bankruptcy

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Pemco World Air Services has secured two maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) deals, since it announced that it was emergence from bankruptcy restructuring in late August.

The company began performing maintenance work for a new customer - understood to be Spirit Airlines - at its facility in Tampa on 17 September.

Pemco says that the deal includes maintenance on several A320 family aircraft, including cabin refurbishments. The MRO will carry out the work at its 12-bay maintenance facility that opened in 2008.

Pemco did not confirm Spirit's identity, but the airline fits the detailed profile that it offered of the new customer. The MRO characterises the partner as a US-based ultra low-cost airline operating an all-Airbus fleet in the USA, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean. It also added that the airline achieved $1 billion in annual revenue and is now a DOT-classified major airline carrier.

Spirit is based in Ft. Lauderdale, operates a fleet of Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and serves destinations in the USA, Latin America, near South America and the Caribbean.

Pemco is also working on a new passenger-to-cargo conversion project with China Postal Airlines for two Boeing 737-400s. The aircraft, previously owned by ILFC, started service in 1996. China Postal will add the first modified aircraft to its fleet next month and the second will start undergoing modification work in the next two weeks.

The aircraft will be transformed from passenger aircraft into 11-position full freighters capable of carrying payloads of up to 23 tonnes.

Pemco has been converting aircraft for China Postal since 2003 and will have delivered 10 modifications to the airline with the completion of the two conversions in progress.

Pemco says that it plans to announce another major maintenance project at the Cargo Facts Symposium in Miami later this month.

Pemco filed for bankruptcy protection on 5 March.

Spirit did not respond to questions by press time.