Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts, December 2016

MROs sign agreements in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Highlights

More Capabilities at Liebherr-Aerospace China

Liebherr-Aerospace China has doubled the size of its Shanghai services center to 3,700 m² (40,000 ft.2) along with adding MRO capabilities. New ones are the maintenance of bleed and air-conditioning systems including air-cycle machines. In addition, Liebherr will now offer testing of ATA 21/36 components for Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft along with Comac’s ARJ21-700 jet.

Josef Gropper, managing director and chief operating officer for production, purchasing and asset investments of Liebherr-Aerospace and Transportation, says the expansion was driven by the company’s desire to enlarge its footprint in China on a long-term basis. “The extension of our liaison and customer service center is an important milestone in our strategy of developing and enhancing support for our customers.” 

Air New Zealand Pens Honeywell APU Repair Pact

Air New Zealand has signed a licensing agreement to overhaul and repair auxiliary power units (APU) manufactured by Honeywell Aerospace, at its engineering and maintenance center in Christchurch.

Under the eight-year contract, Air New Zealand will be the only certified Honeywell maintenance shop for the APU 131-9A in the Oceania region for its own fleet and that of third-party customers across the Asia-Pacific region.

The airline selected the APU 131-9A for its new fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft. Deliveries are due to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017. It also plans to retrofit its existing 13 A320s with Honeywell APUs. Air New Zealand said the deal also will result in the creation of 45 jobs, mostly engineering positions.

Bruce Parton, the airline’s chief operations officer, says, “This agreement will allow us to continue to grow our component MRO business in Christchurch and remain competitive within the region.” 

Honeywell Aerospace is a major player in the airline components industry, supplying APUs to around 75% of the world’s narrowbody jet fleets.

Meanwhile, Brian Davis, Honeywell Aerospace vice president for Asia-Pacific airlines, adds: “The licensing agreement with Air New Zealand will allow us to help airlines in the region achieve time and cost savings with quicker turnaround by seeking support from the regional facility.”

SIAEC, Airbus Advance MRO Joint Venture

SIA Engineering Co. (SIAEC) has completed establishment of a joint venture with Airbus to offer airframe maintenance, cabin upgrades and modifications on A330, A350 and A380 aircraft.

Heavy Maintenance Singapore (HMS) Services, will provide services for operators of the aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region and farther afield, according to SIAEC. Plans for the cooperation were announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year.

The MRO confirmed it had received approvals from competition authorities for the formation of HMS Services, in which SIAEC will hold a 65% equity stake and Airbus 35%. Airbus says it will aim to develop HMS Services as a center of excellence for A350 and A380 heavy maintenance in the region. 

LOT, Austrian Agree on Maintenance Contracts

LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (Lotams) last month signed agreements with Austrian Airlines for base maintenance work on its Boeing 767s and Embraer 195s. The heavy checks will be performed at Lotams’ Warsaw Chopin Airport Base Maintenance facility. Rafal Momot, sales and business development director of Lotams, says: “The signed agreement is a part of the strategy to gain global market share by increasing the Polish export of highly specialized technical services.”

Contracts

America Aero Group has acquired Eirtrade Aviation for integration into its portfolio of aviation parts and logistics companies, which includes VAS Aero Services.

SR Technics and Aviation Cosmetics Malta have launched Lease-End Transitioning Services to provide transition maintenance checks/repairs, interior upgrades/cabin reconfigurations, engineering design, exterior painting, engine MRO, storage and parking, and consulting services for aircraft changing ownership.

StandardAero has received an exclusive five-year contract from Russia’s Komiaviatrans Airlines to provide Rolls-Royce AE 3007 maintenance and repair for six Embraer ERJ 145s. Work will be performed at its 134,000-ft.2 Rolls-authorized MRO site in Maryville, Tennessee.

AZUR AIR selected BOEING COMMERCIAL AVIATION to implement its Optimized Maintenance Program service for the airline’s 757s and 767s to reduce labor and materials costs and improve maintenance ground times.

KLM UK Engineering won a Corendon Dutch Airlines contract to perform heavy maintenance checks on two Boeing 737-800s.

SR Technics won easyJet contracts to provide line maintenance in the UK and Switzerland, plus base maintenance in Geneva.

AJW Technique has CAAC approval to support Chinese-registered aircraft; it has a 160,000-ft.2 facility in Montreal.

StandardAero won a GE Aviation contract to provide CFM56-7B maintenance for Southwest Airlines.

Joramco secured a TUIfly  deal to perform heavy maintenance checks on three Embraer 190s through February 2017.

Contracts Source: Speeds News

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