While the headlines at this year’s Dubai Airshow were taken by huge narrowbody commitments from Indigo Partners and Flydubai – for A320neo and 737 MAX aircraft respectively – there were also some interesting developments on the maintenance side.
Boeing’s drive to expand its services offering was boosted by several contracts with airlines.
Azerbaijan Airlines, supplemented an order for five additional 787-8s by signing up to Boeing’s first 787 first landing gear exchange program, while Cathay Pacific agreed similar coverage for its 14 747-8 freighters.
Boeing also agreed to an interesting, 10-year deal to provide Oman Air with line replaceable units for the carrier’s Trent 1000 engines on its 787 fleet.
That’s the kind of business one would expect to go to Rolls-Royce, but the Trent manufacturer had a quiet air show in terms of maintenance contracts.
Airbus, meanwhile, signed up Sichuan Airlines to its Flight Hour Services (FHS) and Airbus Real Time Health Monitoring Service (AiRTHM) programs to support the carrier’s A350 fleet.
That deal meant aircraft manufacturers announced more MRO deals during the show than the engine OEMs.
Of the latter, CFM won a five-year time-and-materials contract from FlySafair to overhaul the airline’s CFM56-7B engines.
The GE-Safran joint venture was also selected by Gulf Air to provide rate-per-flight-hour support for 58 LEAP-1A engines the airline has on order.
Elsewhere, it was a productive visit to the region for European MRO providers, particularly Air France KLM E&M.
The Franco-Dutch provider won a full component support contract for Saudia’s 787-9 fleet; a long-term, full engine support contract for Air Arabia’s A320 aircraft; and a by-the-hour support contract for Kuwait Airways’ GE90-115B engines on its 10 777-300ER aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik, meanwhile, was selected by Saudi Arabian start-up Flyadeal to provide comprehensive aircraft engineering services for its A320 aircraft over four years.