Lufthansa Technik and Malaysia Airlines To Form MRO Joint Venture
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has signed an agreement with Malaysia Airlines to establish an MRO joint venture servicing Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The center, which will be based at Malaysia’s existing facilities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, will offer base maintenance services for the narrowbody aircraft once it is operational in 2017. In a statement released May 25, Lufthansa Technik said the setup of the joint venture remains subject to approvals from regulators and the signing of definitive agreements. Johannes Bussmann, CEO of Lufthansa Technik, says the new venture will significantly extend the company’s MRO capabilities in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
MAEL Obtains A380 MRO Approval
Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has been granted Part 145 approvals by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority to perform line maintenance work on Airbus A380s. Following the approval, U.K.-based MAEL will offer the services to operators of the widebody aircraft from its Birmingham Airport facility. Derek Gibson, commercial director at Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said that adding the aircraft to its Part 145 certificate gives the MRO a wider scope of airframe capabilities.
Avio-Diepen To Supply A320 Landing Gear Kits for Ameco
Ameco Beijing has selected component specialist Avio-Diepen to create and supply customized MRO kits for its maintenance technicians to use for work on Airbus A320 main landing gear. Netherlands-headquartered Avio-Diepen said the kits will be developed in partnership with the Chinese MRO and the landing gear division of OEM Safran. Avio-Diepen says the kits will help Ameco—which specializes in aircraft, engine and component MRO—save on time and costs by providing parts specifically assembled for each maintenance task.
AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERS began freighter conversion of its first Boeing 737-800 (29121; ex-Corendon) at COMMERCIAL JET, Miami, for GECAS Cargo Aircraft Group; FAA type certification is expected in 2017. It also announced a new order from an unidentified customer for 15 737-800 conversions, plus 15 options, starting in late 2018, increasing its firm 737-800SF backlog to 80.
JAZZ AVIATION has a five-year Air Georgian contract to provide Bombardier CRJ heavy maintenance out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of plan to transition that operation to a standalone business named JAZZ TECHNICAL SERVICES.
AEROMAN, El Salvador, has obtained FAA approval to perform Embraer 190/195 maintenance; it plans to add ERJ 175 capability by year-end.
BOMBARDIER has a 10-year SWISS contract to provide C Series component support under its Smart Parts Program.
EIRTECH AVIATION of Ireland has a four-year SAS contract to provide Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 and A340 end-of-lease technical services.
AAR was selected by both Volotea and fastjet to provide a power-by-the-hour component inventory management/repair program for Airbus A319s.
SIA ENGINEERING has a two-year
Tigerair Australia contract for Airbus A320 heavy maintenance out of Singapore and the Philippines.
AVOCET AVIATION SERVICES added the Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320-family aircraft to its FAA repair station certification. It operates out of a 55,510-sq.-ft hangar at Orlando Sanford International Airport.