Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts (April, 2018)

Joint ventures and facility expansions in Europe and the U.S. are making MRO news this month.

Highlights

Lufthansa Technik, MTU Aero Engines Joint Venture Acquires Facility Site

Engine Maintenance Europe (EME), the Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines joint venture announced last year, has acquired a site near  Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Poland, for its repair facility.

Located at the Aviation Valley cluster in the southeast of the country, EME will specialize in Pratt & Whitney PW1000G-family geared turbofan engine overhauls.

Construction is scheduled to start in May, with the facility expected to become operational by 2020.

When announced in February 2017, both partners confirmed that €150 million ($158 million) would be invested in the facility, which will employ a staff of more than 800.

Once established, EME is targeting annual capacity for more than 400 GTF engine shop visits. The powerplants are installed on Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Both EME partners already have interests in Poland, as well as an existing airfoil joint venture in Malaysia. MTU Aero Engines has managed MTU Aero Engines Polska since 2009, and that facility also is close to the Rzeszow airport.

Lufthansa Technik is planning another engine-focused joint venture in Sroda Slaska, Poland, with GE Aviation. XEOS, which will start operating in 2019, will specialize in overhauls for GEnx-2B and later GE9X engines.

StandardAero Component Services To Expand Three U.S. Facilities

StandardAero Component Services has announced plans to expand three of its U.S. sites during 2018, which will add both square footage and capacity. The more than $16 million investment will expand StandardAero’s facilities in Miami and Cincinnati and Hillsboro, Ohio, by 260,000 ft.2 collectively.

“We are making this commitment to grow our capacity to meet the continued demands of our customers—on both legacy platforms and next-generation engines—as well as to continue to provide the aerospace industry’s best delivery performance for component repair and manufacturing services,” says Rick Stine, president of StandardAero Components, Helicopters and Accessories. Stine adds that the expanded capabilities will include dedicated processes for MRO of various component types to support customer engine needs.

The largest of the facility expansions will take place at the Cincinnati location, which will be adding 200,000 ft.2 of work space to accommodate component repair growth on new platforms, larger components, and military and commercial engines. In Hillsboro, 30,000 ft.2 will be added to support new OEM manufacturing and production. The Miami location also will be adding 30,000 ft.2, along with a variety of capital improvements, including a new state-of-the-art clean line, an additional vacuum furnace and water jet cleaning capabilities. StandardAero says the new space and improvements will allow the Miami facility to repair large engine cases.

UK-Based Aeroco To Increase Capacity

Aeroco Group International, the UK-headquartered aircraft cabin and component maintenance specialist, plans to double the size of its newly acquired facility in Stockport.

The company took control of the 20,000-ft.2 facility last month but citing a surge in customer demand, it will now increase capacity to 40,000 ft.2.

According to Aeroco, which was formed in 2001, the fit-out of the facility has begun, and it will become operational by mid-2018, providing aircraft cabin, component maintenance and advanced manufacturing services.

Contracts

Aeronautical Engineers won a contract from Everts Air Cargo to convert two MD-83s to freighters. The first (53471, ex-Alaska Airlines) was to commence April  4 and will be redelivered in August. Both modifications will be performed by Commercial Jet at Dothan, Alabama.

AFI-KLM E&M won a contract from Air Corsica to provide CFM56-5B/nacelle maintenance support for its five A320-200s. The company also extended its agreement with XL Airways to provide component support and A checks for four A330s out of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

AJW Group won a power-by-the-hour contract from Flybondi.com of Argentina for 737-800 rotable component support.

H+S Aviation of the UK was authorized by Honeywell to provide TFE731 line maintenance and GTCP36 APU heavy maintenance.

Indaer has completed its second ATR 42 heavy check at Medellin, Colombia, in 2018 for TAME Airlines of Ecuador. A third is planned.

Lufthansa Technik earned €415 million ($511 million) on €5.4 billion revenues in 2017, up from €411 million on €5.1 billion in 2016. The company also booked €13 billion in new contracts.

Lufthansa Technik signed a CFM Branded Service Agreement to support LEAP-1As as part of CFM International’s MRO network.

Turkish Technic won a contract with Onur Air for A330 component pooling services.

Turkish Technic was selected by Russia’s Ikar Airlines (Pegas Fly since 2013) to perform a C check on a 767-300ER.

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow extended its line maintenance and repair agreement with Aeroflot to cover 41 737NGs (instead of 30).

 

 

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