ATS to modify Airbus A320s in Everett [The Seattle Times]
(Seattle Times (WA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 05--Expect to see some Airbus A320s parked in Boeing's backyard over the next 18 months.
Aircraft-modification company Aviation Technical Services (ATS), based at Paine Field in Everett, announced Wednesday it had won a contract to install broadband satellite Wi-Fi technology on 130 JetBlue A320s.
Terms were not disclosed.
The technology was designed by JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV, which will train ATS personnel to install the equipment in the fuselage crown.
All the installations are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
ATS, which in June announced it had been bought out by a new ownership group led by Chief Executive Matt Yerbic, has about 1,100 employees in Everett and 50 in a new facility at Moses Lake.
The company's biggest customer is Southwest Airlines, which typically sends 10 to 15 Boeing 737 aircraft per month for maintenance to ATS' Paine Field facility.
ATS also performs maintenance work for Delta and American and recently began modification work at Moses Lake on 767s for new customer Air Canada.
In an interview, Yerbic said the agreement for the Wi-Fi installations is the first tranche of a broader agreement with JetBlue.
He said ATS will have 80 to 100 people dedicated to the JetBlue work and that the company is hiring.
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