Latin America's largest MRO center inaugurated
Grupo Aeromexico and Delta Air Lines inaugurated their aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center, TechOps Mexico, in a ceremony led by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
TechOps Mexico is located near Queretaro Intercontinental Airport in Central Mexico. It is the largest aircraft MRO center in Latin America.
"TechOps Mexico is a sign of the confidence foreign and domestic investors have in our country," said Eduardo Tricio, chairman of the board of directors of Grupo Aeromexico. "This is a very important day for the aviation industry in Mexico, as these facilities put it at the global forefront and transform it into a leader of the business opportunities that our nation has to offer."
Both airlines invested a total of US$55 million (40 million euros), divided into equal shares, to construct these new facilities, which are located next to the Queretaro Aerospace Park. This project also received support from the state government of Queretaro.
The total surface area measures more than 100,000 square meters (1,076,391 square feet). Its three hangars can accommodate up to nine aircraft simultaneously.
This project adds to the aeronautic cluster the state of Queretaro has been developing over the last few years.
The crew that will service the airplanes is being trained and updated in the classrooms of the Aeronautics University of Queretaro.
TechOps Mexico is equipped with systems for renewable and clean energy that reduce the use of traditional energy by one third, as well as a rainwater harvesting system, a recycling program and other environmentally-friendly mechanisms.
"The inauguration of this facility reflects the strong alliance between Aeromexico and Delta," said Gil West, Delta's executive vice president and COO.