US-Bangla Airlines, the prominent Bangladeshi carrier, and ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer, have jointly announced the signing of a global maintenance agreement (GMA) aimed at enhancing the airline’s maintenance efficiency and bolstering the reliability of its fleet, which consists of eight ATR 72-600s. This comprehensive pay-by-the-hour contract spans five years and covers repair, overhaul and pooling services for line replaceable units. Additionally, it encompasses the availability and maintenance of propellers and leading edges.
Speaking about the agreement, Mohammed Abdullah Al Mamun, the Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines, emphasised the airline’s commitment to reliability, on-time performance, customer experience and safety. As US-Bangla celebrates its ninth anniversary, the strengthening of its cooperation with ATR through this global maintenance agreement is seen as a pivotal step to optimise the reliability of its ATR fleet while simultaneously reducing operational costs. The partnership is envisioned to be a win-win arrangement and both teams have dedicated significant efforts to innovate a commercial model that they believe will set a new benchmark in the aviation industry.
Stefano Marazzani, ATR’s Senior Vice-President Customer Support and Services, underscored their continuous efforts to find innovative and cost-effective solutions for their customers. The ATR GMA represents ATR’s commitment to supporting US-Bangla Airlines in its daily operations. By sharing expertise and focusing on components maintenance and reliability improvement processes, ATR aims to enable US-Bangla Airlines to concentrate on its core business of providing exceptional travel experiences to Bangladeshi communities in a responsible and sustainable manner.
The ATR GMA has a remarkable track record of over 25 years in significantly boosting the operations of regional airlines while reducing maintenance costs. This achievement is primarily attributed to improved parts availability, expert advice on maintenance practices, effective troubleshooting, and insightful engineering analysis.