OceanAir to be Bombardier rep

 - January 31, 2007, 4:29 AM

Brazil’s OceanAir Aéreo and Canada’s Bombardier have announced a joint venture that will increase the airplane manufacturer’s exposure in Brazil. Beginning next year OceanAir will become the official representative of Bombardier and will be responsible for selling and promoting its aircraft in Brazil. OceanAir said it would invest $15 million in a new maintenance center, the location of which has yet to be determined. The authorized service facility will offer maintenance and technical support for three families of Bombardier business jets–the Learjet, Challenger and Global lines.

Previously, Bombardier had been represented by Target, a charter company owned by Antonio Celso Cipriani, ex-president of bankrupt airline Transbrasil. OceanAir was founded in 1998 as a charter service, offering connections between São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Macaé and Campos, two important oil-producing regions in the state of Rio de Janeiro that were previously underserved by Brazilian airlines.

OceanAir is owned by oil platform construction and design company Marítima and operates 10 aircraft–seven 30-passenger Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias, three 50-seat Fokker 50s and one Learjet.

Today, the airline offers services in 28 cities throughout Brazil and recently signed code-share agreements with several North American carriers that were seeking to offer service to the growing number of oil executives visiting and living in oil-rich regions of Brazil. OceanAir expects revenues to reach $100 million this year.