Gulfstream Aerospace has named two Brazilian aircraft services companies—Líder Aviação and Rio de Janeiro-based Aero Rio Táxi Aéreo—company-authorized warranty facilities, it announced yesterday at LABACE. As such, both facilities can now provide warranty repairs and maintenance services within their regulatory approvals for both large-cabin and midsize Gulfstreams such as the G650/650ER, G550, and G280.
In addition, Líder—which has facilities in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasilia—is now a Gulfstream-authorized parts dealer for South America. It can facilitate parts sales transactions for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events, Gulfstream said.
“We’re committed to providing our Brazilian operators a range of choices for their aircraft maintenance needs,” said Gulfstream Customer Support president Derek Zimmerman. “These additions, further complemented by the new maintenance facilities planned for Palm Beach, Florida, and Savannah, will provide comprehensive and timely support throughout Brazil, especially in the two large cities where most of our operators are located.”
Meanwhile, Gulfstream is building up its U.S. Southeastern company-owned MROs to provide more maintenance options for operators in Latin America. Gulfstream Palm Beach is scheduled to begin operations at a new 115,000-sq-ft (10,684-sq-m) facility in the first quarter of next year. Next month, it plans to open a 202,000-sq-ft service center expansion at its Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport headquarters, where the company will have more than 1 million sq ft of dedicated customer-support hangar space, offices, and back shops.
Approximately 230 Gulfstreams are based in Latin America, with approximately 40 of them in Brazil.