Piedmont Airlines signs Heavy Maintenance Agreement with MHIRJ

A Piedmont Airlines American Eagle Embraer jet in flight.
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MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ), the largest regional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in the U.S., has signed a three-year Aircraft Heavy Maintenance Service Agreement with Piedmont Airlines.

The agreement covers maintenance services to be provided on the airline’s Embraer E145 aircraft at MHIRJ’s West Virginia Facility.

A wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group, Piedmont operates more than 300 daily departures to 70 destinations and employs more than 10,000 aviation professionals. 

First Piedmont aircraft in May

A crucial part of MHIRJ’s growth strategy and commitment to broadening its markets, maintenance work will be conducted on Piedmont’s fleet of Embraer E145 aircraft at the Bridgeport WV facility.

Under the terms of the agreement, MHIRJ will operate a single dedicated nose-to-tail heavy maintenance line at the service center with the potential of adding more lines in the future.

The first Piedmont aircraft is scheduled to enter the facility in early May.

“We’re excited about this new agreement which allows us to provide exceptional service to Piedmont while expanding our operations to other aircraft platforms,” said Don Nolan, Director of Service Sales, MHIRJ.

“This contract represents another step toward our goal of offering world-class maintenance services to more aircraft types around the globe while furthering our support of American Airlines and their regional fleet.”


“Our collaboration with Piedmont represents a significant milestone for us as it emphasizes MHIRJ’s commitment to servicing aircraft beyond the CRJ,” said Ismail Mokabel, Senior Vice President, Head of Aftermarket.

“Our focus remains to create continued value for our CRJ customers and offer our Heavy Maintenance expertise and experience on other platforms, while exploring opportunities that will allow us to elevate our service offering and diversify our capabilities.”

About Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines is a regional airline that is based in Salisbury, Maryland, in the United States.

The airline was founded in 1931, and it currently operates under the name “American Eagle,” as a subsidiary of American Airlines.

Piedmont Airlines has a long and interesting history. In the 1980s, it became known for its innovative approach to customer service, and it was one of the first airlines to offer advanced training to its employees in order to improve the passenger experience.

In 1987, it was acquired by USAir (now known as US Airways), and it continued to operate as a regional carrier for the larger airline.

In 2013, US Airways merged with American Airlines, and Piedmont Airlines became a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines.

Piedmont operates a fleet of Embraer 145 and Bombardier CRJ regional jets, and it provides service to destinations throughout the eastern United States, including Charlotte, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Piedmont Airlines has a rich history and has played an important role in the development of regional air travel in the United States.

Today, as a subsidiary of American Airlines, it continues to provide safe and reliable service to passengers in the eastern United States.

Currently, MHIRJ supports American Airlines with contracts to provide maintenance services for PSA Airlines, Air Wisconsin Airlines and SkyWest Airlines on CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ200 aircraft and with American Airlines’ interline partner Contour Airlines.

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