Summit Aerospace of Miami and American General Supplies, Inc. (AGS) of Gaithersburg, Md., have formed a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) alliance.
“We’ve wanted to expand our product and services offering into Africa for some time,” according to Jorge Fernandez, managing partner of Summit Aerospace.
“We’ve known AGS chairman and president Kassa Maru for many years,” said Allan Jiron, Summit’s other managing partner. “We also knew that AGS has been successfully serving the needs of African commercial aviation for more than 30 years, so it was a no brainer for us to approach AGS about representing us in the African market,” he said.
“It’s a natural tie-up for both our companies – Summit has the MRO expertise and capability while AGS has the customer relationships, engineering understanding and market experience needed to help us establish a foothold in the African market,” said Mario De La Torre, Summit’s senior vice president, sales and marketing.
“Companies operating in the commercial aviation space in Africa face daunting obstacles, including regulatory constraints, access to capital and easy access to proven, international MRO support,” said AGS CEO Kassa Maru. “Since AGS currently operates in the capacity of purchasing and financing agent to a few African airlines, we know our financial strength and experience in the marketplace will work to the benefit of our customers and our MRO partner, Summit Aerospace.”