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Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts, June 2016

Coopesa paints Latam A320; TEXL gains GE90 TRUEngine authorization; GA Telesis grows AOG services; airlines boost connectivity.

Highlights

Coopesa Paints Latam A320

Coopesa painted the first Latam aircraft in the airline group’s new livery. In addition, Coopesa completed a heavy C check on the Airbus A320 during the same visit. Since the beginning of the year, the Costa Rican MRO has performed MRO work on 12 Latam aircraft.

TEXL Gains GE90 TRUEngine Authorization

Taikoo Engine Services Xiamen (TEXL), the GE90 repair specialist subsidiary of Haeco, has become the first overhaul provider for the engine type to be given TRUEngine authorization from GE Aviation. The approval gives the Xiamen-headquartered company full TRUEngine designation, a program GE says allows operators optimized product support, enhanced warranties and asset value protection. Since its formation in 2008, TEXL says it has carried out around 300 GE90 engine repairs on the Boeing 777 turbofan engine from its Chinese base. After GE bought a 9.9% stake in the company in November 2014, it became the fifth stakeholder alongside Haeco, Cathay Pacific, Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. and Xiamen Aviation Industry.

GA Telesis Grows AOG Services

GA Telesis has expanded its Live AOG service offering with a specialized AOG Americas service team and a new mobile app aimed at increasing customer interaction. The MRO provider says its AOG Americas service will carry out component work for customers in the region and support its iGEAR (Intelligent Global Engine and Airframe Replenishment) programs. GA Telesis says that following the app’s launch, it plans to further develop the technology by including automated SMS and email updates on the delivery status of parts. Ryan Heath, GA Telesis vice president of North American sales, says the decision to expand the AOG services model in the Americas came from a need to ramp up airline AOG regional support following the successful launch of a specialized AOG service center in Istanbul in 2014.

Airlines Boosting Connectivity

The race for better-connected aircraft is picking up speed. Delta Air Lines is increasing its use of GoGo’s 2Ku Wi-Fi by at least 350 aircraft. And GoGo 2Ku is now live on five Aeromexico aircraft, free for a limited time. GoGo also will install 2Ku on 118 British Airways aircraft, its first European installation. Meanwhile, JetBlue will introduce a fully connected in-seat experience, powered by Thales and ViaSat, in its Airbus A320s. Customers can use free gate-to-gate “Fly-Fi” high-speed Internet, a new Internet-enabled inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions and in-seat power outlets with USB ports. 

 
Contracts

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERS has
won a Vallair contract to convert four Boeing 737-400s to 11-pallet freighters; modification work will be performed by Commercial Jet at Dothan, Alabama, in May-September 2016, and ANCARA INTERNATIONAL will supply the cargo-loading systems.

ADRIA AIRWAYS TEHNIKA was selected by EASYJET to perform nose-to-tail Airbus A320 modifications in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 winter seasons.

FOKKER SERVICES (GKN Aerospace) renewed an expiring five-year deal with BOMBARDIER COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT to support Dash 8/Q Series 100/200/300s with a tailored ABACUS FLY component-availability program for another three years.

TRIUMPH AVIATION SERVICES ASIA, Thailand has a 10-year PT BATAM TEKNIK (Lion Group) contract for APU/component repair.

LUFTHANSA TECHNIK has a Total Component Support contract from SAFAIR for five FlySafair 737NGs.

SR TECHNICS has a $30 million contract from AIRBLUE of Pakistan to provide CFM56-5B (Airbus A320) maintenance/overhaul through 2022.

HAITEC has a CONDOR contract to provide nose-to-tail heavy maintenance at Frankfurt Hahn Airport on several 757s.

HEICO has an exclusive five-year JETBLUE contract to provide V2500 component repair/management on a rate-per-flight-hour basis.

SIA ENGINEERING was appointed by SNECMA as the authorized on-site support service provider for Leap-1A/-1B engines.

LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AERO ALZEY has an exclusive 15-year AUSTRIAN AIRLINES contract to provide CF34-10E maintenance.  

DIRECT MAINTENANCE secured an ATLAS AIR contract to perform Boeing 747-400F line maintenance work at Nairobi, Kenya.

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