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VEM paints the first EMB-190 of Brazil's newest airline, AZUL Linhas A?reas

3rd October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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It was with great pleasure that all VEM Maintenance & Engineering’s team received, at its facilities in Porto Alegre, the first aircraft of Brazil’s newest airline, AZUL Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.

The EMB-190 (PR-AZL) aircraft arrived at VEM’s hangars on August 28, to be painted in the livery of the recently created airline and, given VEM’s broad experience with painting projects for widebodies and narrowbodies, this was one more successful project, which was delivered by the agreed-upon deadline. VEM has a philosophy of excellence in meeting the customer’s needs, no matter what the volume of service under contract, as stated by the Company’s Marketing & Sales Vice-President, Nestor Koch: "One of our quality premises is to deliver the airplane within the established period of time, because we recognize the high cost of having an airplane sitting on the ground. Even though AZUL is not yet flying, this is no different, because it is VEM’s philosophy. We are certain that this relationship will be productive and long-lasting."

VEM is already certified by the world’s main aviation agencies (ANAC, FAA, EASA) for heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul of components for the Boeing fleet, for the Airbus A300, A300-600 and A310, and the Fokker F-50 and F-100, as well as the Embraer EMB 120, ERJ 145, and EMB-190 (overall painting), and will now invest in being certified to overhaul the components of the EMB-190 and EMB-195 E-Jets, which will make up AZUL’s fleet. The EMB-190 and EMB-195 jets have a great market potential and the new certification is not only to serve AZUL, but the entire South American market, which can begin flying this aircraft model.

"Seeing an airline come into being with this bold goal of starting big, flying with Brazilian airplanes, with an initial focus on serving cities in Brazil, which are not presently being served, and also with Brazilian maintenance, as we expect, is very gratifying. Being a part of this story is reason of great pride for all of VEM’s workforce, and certainly for all Brazilians. We are here, ready to serve AZUL, in whatever it needs", declares Filipe Almeida, VEM’s CEO.

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