Sunrise Airways is the only Haitian airline with its own in-house maintenance capabilities
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Sunrise Airways, a new start-up airline based in Port-au-Prince, recently opened a dedicated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located at Cibao International Airport in Santiago, Dominican Republic, becoming the only Haitian airline with its own, in-house maintenance capabilities.
Measuring 8,000 square-feet in size, the facility has the capacity to store three of the carrier’s flagship 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP aircraft. More than 2,200 line items of Jetstream 32 parts are stored between the Sunrise MRO in Santiago and its headquarters in Port-au-Prince, minimizing controllable service disruptions.
“In order for us to grow and achieve our goal of uniting the Western Caribbean with improved regional air service, having our own maintenance facility is a must,” said Philippe Bayard, president of Sunrise Airways. “Our Santiago facility is convenient to our base of operations in Port-au-Prince and carries all the necessary approvals from the Office National de l'Aviation Civile (OFNAC), giving us a solid foundation upon which to build our network.”
Sunrise currently serves domestic routes within Haiti operating 19-seat Jetstream 32 EP aircraft manufactured by BAE Systems. The carrier plans to expand its route network in 2013, launching new service to Kingston, Jamaica, and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, as first steps toward establishing a hub in Port-au-Prince to better serve air travel needs within the Western Caribbean.