WINNIPEG – Winnipeg is another step closer to becoming a major hub for aircraft maintenance.
Air Canada has now signed agreements with three of its suppliers to do just that.
“This solidifies the reality that Manitoba should be at the forefront for aerospace going forward.” Said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.
Air Canada is supporting the operations in Manitoba Hope Aero Propeller & Components Inc, Airbase Services Inc and Cargojet Airways Ltd. Start up for all three is expected to commence in 2017.
“Air Canada is supporting the aviation sector in Manitoba by helping key suppliers establish a Western Canada Center of Excellence for aircraft maintenance in the province. We are already one of the province’s largest employers, with more than 725 jobs, and we believe we can assist in further strengthening the industry in Manitoba, in cooperation with the provincial government, by leveraging our relationships with valued suppliers and business partners,” said Kevin Howlett, Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations at Air Canada in a media release.
Air Canada and the province recently settled a lawsuit relating to the airline’s maintenance obligations under the Air Canada Public Participation Act.
There’s no indication how many jobs these new maintenance agreements may create.