AMES Completes Split-Scimitar Winglet Modification for Canadian Operator Sunwing Airlines

WILMINGTON, Ohio -- January 20, 2015 -- Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services (AMES) completed its first Split-Scimitar Winglet installation for Sunwing Airlines on a B737-800 aircraft. Sunwing Airlines inducted the aircraft into AMES' Wilmington facility in mid-December for the Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) modification and other maintenance bridging inspections. The work was finished on time and the aircraft redelivered prior to year-end.

"We were excited about the opportunity to complete our first Split-Scimitar Winglet modification for Sunwing Airlines," commented AMES President Brady Templeton. "Our project team worked closely with Sunwing and APB ahead of time to ensure that we were fully prepared. The successful outcome of the project reflects positively upon the cooperation and support extended to AMES' Project Team by Sunwing and APB. This type of project requires strong coordination and communication. Proper planning and preparation were keys to success and strategically position AMES for future modifications with the proper tooling, equipment and skills to respond promptly to customer requests."

Mark Williams, President of Sunwing Airlines, added, "We are proud to have been the first airline in Canada to introduce Split Scimitar Winglets, which represent just one of our continuing investments in technology that will further reduce our environmental impact."

Winglets are extensions on the wingtips of aircraft intended to improve efficiency and performance. The Split Scimitar Winglet modification involves the addition of a curved downward strake to the factory-installed upward protruding structure. The winglet's name refers to its resemblance to a pair of curved swords.

About Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc.
AMES is a one-stop aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider in Wilmington, Ohio, with additional line maintenance operations at airports serving Cincinnati, Ohio, and Miami, Florida. AMES holds a Part 145 FAA Repair certificate, providing heavy maintenance, line maintenance, material sales, component repair and overhaul, and engineering services to aircraft operators. AMES is a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG). Visit AMES on the web at www.airbornemx.com.

About Air Transport Services Group, Inc.

ATSG is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world's largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including two airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG's subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc. For more information, please see www.atsginc.com.

 

About Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing Airlines has been offering affordable flights since 2005. Operating convenient direct flights from 45 Canadian and U.S. local airports to over 40 different destinations across North and South America, and the Caribbean, savvy travellers choose Sunwing because of the airline's unbeatable prices, reliability, and award winning “Champagne Service.” Sunwing's modern fleet of aircraft has helped the airline achieve an outstanding performance record for on-time departures, as well as increased fuel efficiency, contributing to the carrier's low fares. Visit www.flysunwing.com.