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Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2016
ALTA’s (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) 2016 CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference came to a close yesterday with a resounding success. A record number of airline and aviation industry supplier executives from around the world participated in the sold-out conference that took place at El Conquistador Hotel in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Hosted by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and Meet Puerto Rico, and with support from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), the conference was attended by over 100 airline executives, including highly trained directors of technical and purchasing departments, as well as representatives from hundreds of aviation supplier companies from around the world, many are owners of their businesses.
“Bringing the CCMA and MRO together for the first time this year in one combined conference proved to be an invaluable experience for attendees,” said ALTA’s Executive Director Eduardo Iglesias. “Our continued accomplishments and productivity at this year’s CCMA/MRO Conference are more important than ever, as we continue to focus on the sustainability of the success that Latin American and Caribbean aviation has attained over the past decade. Partnering with our suppliers and ALTA’s focus on improving efficiency and productivity while lowering costs are key as we look to the future and opportunities for continued growth as we continue to overcome challenging times for our industry in the region.”
“The conference was a real success and showcased Puerto Rico as a destination where one can mix business with leisure. We are confident that ALTA CCMA/MRO 2016 will help further our Island’s image as a five-star destination in the region,” stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “I’d like to thank ALTA for choosing Puerto Rico as host for this important event and invite all participants and speakers to come back and discover even more of what Puerto Rico has to offer to the world.”
“We are satisfied with the exposure that this conference provided to Puerto Rico as an aerospace investment destination,” added Antonio Medina, executive director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company. “We look forward to continue building business relationships with ALTA and its members in order to drive additional aerospace projects to the island and expand on those that have already experienced the benefits of investing in Puerto Rico.”
The conference kicked off during an opening session that included a welcome to the island by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Mari Jo Laborde, followed by PRIDCO Antonio Medina Comas officially declaring the conference open, and ALTA Executive Director Eduardo Iglesias summarized the state of the industry in the region to the attendees.
The three-day agenda featured meetings, airline and supplier committees, table top displays and an exhibition area, as well as hundreds of mini-meetings, facilitating the purchasing power of aeronautical materials. Interactive panels included discussions on the future of the MRO market in Latin America, a look at the commercial factor versus the technical factor in airline parts manufacturing authority (PMA) decisions, and dialogue on airline cost optimization.
ALTA thanks all of the sponsors for making this conference possible, including primary sponsors Airbus/Satair Group, Embraer, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Wencor Group.
Sponsors also include Aero Controls Inc., Aeroman, Air Cost Control, Air France Industries/KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Aviation Inflatables, Avio-Diepen, B&W Aviation, Bombardier, Fokker, GA Telesis, Global Airtech, Hansair, Heico, Kellstrom Materials, KLX Aerospace Solutions, Lufthansa Technik, Panasonic, Professional Aircraft Accessories, Solair Group, SR Technics, STS Component Solutions, Thales, TIC Logistics, TP Aerospace, VAS Aero Service, and Zodiac Aerospace.