The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a Final Commitment for an $84.8 million loan guarantee to Brazilian airline VRG Linhas Aereas (GOL). The financing will support the export of engine maintenance services by Delta TechOps, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.
GOL engines will be shipped from Sao Paulo City to Atlanta for heavy maintenance to be performed by Delta Air Lines’ maintenance, repair, and overhaul unit. In December 2010, GOL signed a contract with Delta Air Lines to perform heavy maintenance on GOL’s CFM56-7B engines that are installed on the airline’s Boeing 737 next generation aircraft fleet. As part of the contract, Delta TechOps will provide GOL with up to 253 scheduled engine removals and additional unscheduled removals. Ex-Im Bank’s guarantee will cover the first two years of GOL’s five-year contract with Delta TechOps.
“Ex-Im Bank’s financing will support high quality, high wage, technical jobs for Delta employees in Atlanta,” said Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of Ex-Im Bank. “GOL is a long-time Ex-Im customer, and I’m pleased that they have chosen to have their engines repaired by highly-skilled American workers. This transaction truly highlights why Ex-Im financing is so critically important to US businesses such as Delta.”
“GOL’s maintenance agreement with Delta Air Lines is essential to supporting our existing fleet, which has grown along with our airline operations in recent years,” said Constantino de Oliveira Junior, chief executive officer of GOL. “The availability of Ex-Im Bank supported financing was an important consideration that led us to choose a US provider for these important services.”