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Monday 27th July 2009: Virgin Blue Group of Airlines has announced it has awarded a significant heavy maintenance contact to John Holland Aviation Services in Melbourne.


The contract is for a 10 year period commencing in August this year and will involve JHAS carrying out all heavy maintenance requirements on Virgin Blue’s fleet of EMBRAER jets. The airline currently has 19 E-Jets with that number expected to grow to 23 by end 2011.


Virgin Blue began introducing the brand new Brazilian manufactured aircraft to its fleet in August 2007, to allow the airline to launch Capital Jet services between Sydney and Canberra as well as provide greater fleet flexibility across the route network and the ability to venture further into regional Australia with the right-sized aircraft.


The new contract is in addition to the existing contract between Virgin Blue and JHAS to provide heavy maintenance to some of the aircraft in Virgin Blue’s Boeing 737 fleet.


Virgin Blue Chief Operations Officer, Andrew David, said, “We have a terrific working relationship with JHAS and are pleased to be taking it to a new level by awarding them the contract to take care of our EMBRAER heavy maintenance requirements.


He continued, “The team has a proven track record and for the past 18 months has been providing Virgin Blue with excellent service in regards to some of the carrier’s 737 heavy maintenance requirements. JHAS has also carried out all the recent winglet installation work on the 737 fleet.”


The multi-million agreement is expected to generate over 200,000 man hours of maintenance activity at JHAS which is based at Melbourne Airport and employs over 300 specialised aircraft maintenance engineers.


Mr Andrew Henderson, General Manager, John Holland Aviation Services, said, “We are clearly delighted with being appointed as the provider of Virgin Blue’s EMBRAER heavy maintenance and look forward to strengthening our partnership with Australia’s second biggest airline.”


He added, “This new contract consolidates our reputation as the leading MRO in the Australian aviation sector. Our new work on Virgin Blue’s EMBRAER jets, along with our existing work on their 737 fleet showcases Australia’s onshore aircraft maintenance capability. JHAS is the only independent MRO in the Asia Pacific region to feature EMBRAER maintenance capabilities.”


Virgin Blue’s own engineering company “Virgin Tech” will continue to provide line maintenance to both the 737 and EMBRAER fleet.


About Virgin Blue Group

Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers V Australia, Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of  81 modern Boeing 737 and EMBRAER aircraft flying to 28 Australian domestic and 13 international destinations across 11 countries. The award winning Group of Airlines are majority Australian owned and employ more than 5966 team members.

About John Holland Aviation Services

John Holland Aviation Services is a division of the John Holland Group, one of Australia's largest and most diverse specialist contracting businesses. JHAS is the only heavy aircraft independent MRO in Australia and features comprehensive EASA coverage.  Our state-of-the-art aviation engineering facilities are among the largest in the country with full component and aircraft servicing capability. JHAS provides the capability to service commercial jetliners and military aircraft from all major manufacturers, as well as upcoming new generation aircraft.