Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts (December, 2017)

MRO providers team with airlines and OEMs to expand service offerings worldwide.

AAR, Air New Zealand Expand Component Partnership

AAR has signed a new 10-year agreement with Air New Zealand, designating the MRO as the flag carrier’s component repair provider of choice in the Asia-Pacific region.

AAR said the new agreement will see a sizable increase in the volume of contracted component repairs with Air New Zealand.

The two parties first signed a long-term component agreement one year ago to provide cost-per-flight-hour rotable inventory support covering approximately 740 parts and 15 of the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft.

First EFW A330P2F Remains on Track for 2017 Deliveries

The first Airbus A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion produced by Singapore Technologies Engineering’s Aerospace unit (ST Aero) and Airbus was delivered to DHL Express on Dec. 1.

“We successfully completed our certification flight for the A330-300 in early October,” ST Aero President Serh Ghee Lim told analysts on a recent earnings call. “We are targeting to redeliver . . . two this year.”

DHL has eight A330-300P2Fs on order and 10 options. 

Most of the conversion work is expected to be done in Dresden, Germany, where Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the ST Aero/Airbus joint venture performing the conversions, is based. EFW is ramping up its capacity there, having added a new single-bay widebody hangar earlier this year.

LHT Gets A320 ADS-B STC, Eyes More Models

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment on the Airbus A320ceo family and will begin work for its first customer, Budapest-based Wizz Air.

Wizz Air operates 87 Airbus A320-family aircraft, according to Aviation Week’s Commercial Fleet & MRO database.

LHT plans to pursue similar STCs for other aircraft as key ADS-B equipage deadlines approach. While its focus is likely to be on aircraft flown by Lufthansa Group operators, including Airbus A330s and A340s and Boeing 747s and 777s, third-party demand is expected to drive development.

Aeromexico Completes First 787 C Check In-House

Aeromexico has completed its first in-house Boeing 787-8 C check, making it “one of the first airlines worldwide to accomplish such a service check in-house,” says Jorge Jacome Armida, the airline’s senior vice president of maintenance and engineering. 

The maintenance check for the 787, which occurs every three years, is a bit different than that of other aircraft. The aircraft’s carbon-fiber structure requires “different inspection and repair procedures, as well as tooling,” Jacome says. To take advantage of the aircraft’s downtime, Aeromexico also simultaneously incorporated 55 reliability-improvement service bulletins.

The airline does not have any more 787 C checks scheduled for this year but expects to perform three in 2018.

Contracts

Aeronautical Engineers won a Pinnacle Partners contract to convert two ex-ExpressJet CRJ200s (7421/7417) to freighters at Commercial Jet in Dothan, Alabama, for redelivery in March and April 2018. It now has 45 CRJ200SF orders and commitments.

AFI-KLM E&M was selected by Kuwait Airways to provide GE90-115B maintenance for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, by Saudia Aerospace Engineering to provide component support for 21 Boeing 787-9s for Saudia and by Air Arabia for CFM56-5B maintenance support.

Boeing Global Services was selected by Azerbaijan Airlines to provide landing gear exchange for seven 787s and by Cathay Pacific Airways for a landing gear overhaul and exchange program for its 14 Boeing 747-8Fs.

Canadian North Airlines plans in first-quarter 2018 to open a multimillion-dollar 90,000- ft.2 heavy maintenance facility at Edmonton International Airport to support Boeing 737CLs and DHC Dash 8s, with financial support from Inuvialuit Development Corp.

CFM International won a nine-year, $500-million Alaska Airlines contract to provide maintenance support, including spares, for 128 CFM56-7Bs.

Epcor (AFI-KLM E&M) was selected by Aeromexico to provide APS5000 APU maintenance for its 787s.

GE Aviation won a five-year TrueChoice overhaul agreement with Safair of South Africa for CFM56-7B maintenance/repair.

HAECO ITM was selected by Nippon Cargo to provide inventory technical management program for its eight 747-400Fs.

Pratt & Whitney Turkish Engine Center won a five-year Turkish Airlines contract for V2500 and CFM56-7B overhauls. 

Sabena Technics was selected by Lufthansa Technik to perform cabin and systems modifications on seven Lufthansa Airbus A330s.

Skyservice won a five-year Sky Regional contract to provide heavy maintenance on 25 Embraer 175s at its 160,000 ft.2 facility in Toronto.

StandardAero completed the previously announced acquisition of Vector Aerospace.

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