Aviation Conference Kicks Off in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA ) began its CCMA & Aircraft MRO Conference at El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Fajardo. The three-day event is hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Co. and Meet Puerto Rico, with support from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. (Pridco).
The large aviation conference brings together airline technical buyers, industry suppliers and airline representatives. This year, the CCMA is joining ALTA’s MRO Conference for the commercial air transport maintenance, repair and overhaul industry. More than 800 people are arriving in Puerto Rico for the event, including more than 100 airline participants, as well as nearly 700 representatives from hundreds of aviation suppliers from around the world for the sold-out conference.
The agenda features meetings, panel discussions, airline and supplier committees, as well as table top displays and an exhibition area.
“This conference provides the ideal platform to facilitate the coming together of airlines and suppliers, as well as airline technical and maintenance teams, to discuss key challenges that areas within the aviation industry are facing,” said ALTA Executive Director Eduardo Iglesias.
According to a release on the conference, the Latin American and Caribbean aviation industry creates more than 4.9 million jobs and contributes $150 billion in GDP toward the region’s economies.
“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is proud to host this year’s ALTA CCMA/MRO in our beautiful Island, and remains committed to building partnerships that will promote the growth of our tourism industry,” Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., added in the release.
Economic Development Secretary Alberto Bacó Bagué is quoted saying, “The aerospace sector is becoming a key player for economic development on the island, with a whole ecosystem developing around this cluster. Having this opportunity for networking and discussion in Puerto Rico is a great example of that.”
Pridco will be present at the conference for the possibility to network with “industry executives of the region that could consider the island as their next investment destination. We look forward to taking advantage of that and leveraging the opportunity with Puerto Rico’s value proposition for aerospace,” Antonio Medina, the agency’s executive director, stated.
In addition to airline partners Copa Airlines and Avianca, the primary sponsors for the conference are Airbus/Satair Group, Embraer, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Wencor Group.
Other sponsors 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 Logistis, TP Aerospace, VAS Aero Service, and Zodiac Aerospace.