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Brazil approves $100 million American Airlines maintenance center

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Brazil’s government has approved a plan by American Airlines Group to build a maintenance center at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport.

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This is a $100 million investment that will help the U.S. carrier consolidate its South American operations, Reuters reported.

A resolution signed by Transportation Minister Maurício Quintella was published on Friday in the official gazette, approving an agreement between the airline and the firm operating the airport. It allows American to use land at the airport for up to 40 years.

Reuters first reported in March that the U.S. airline planned to set up its first aircraft maintenance center in South America at Sao Paulo’s international airport, where it will build a two-bay hangar at a cost of $50 million plus another $50 million for parts and tools.

On any given day, American has at least six wide-bodied aircraft parked in Sao Paulo for up to 12 hours, and the hangar will allow it to do maintenance work using the planes’ ground time, said Marta Pantin, a spokeswoman for the airline.

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