Thai Plans To Extend Rolls’ Support in Asia
Rolls-Royce’s plan to extend maintenance provision has progressed with talks to incorporate Thai Airways into its CareNetwork. Thailand’s flag carrier operates 50 Rolls-Royce-powered widebodies and is looking to build on its existing MRO capabilities and become an Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) for the OEM.
The AMC could offer maintenance services to other airlines in the region and expand on the capacity already offered by Rolls-Royce’s joint venture facility with Singapore Airlines in Singapore.
That site is one of three dealing with fallout from problems with Trent 1000 Package C engines, although at the end of May Rolls-Royce stated it was working to increase its maintenance capacity. “We are also working with other members of our MRO Authorized Maintenance Center network to increase flexibility,” it stated.
Thai Airways operates nine Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787-8s and two 787-9s. It is uncertain whether the airline has been affected by recent airworthiness directives, although in 2017 it had to ground part of its 787-8 fleet after turbine-blade problems forced it to send some Trent 1000 engines to Singapore for maintenance.
Rolls-Royce hopes a Thai Airways AMC could be open for business in 2019.
Aerostar Plans Expansion
Aerostar signed a contract for the design, construction and fitting-out of its new MRO facility at Iasi International Airport in northeast Romania.
The new four-bay MRO hangar, which is expected to be open for business in the summer of 2019, will increase by up to 40% Aerostar’s throughput of Airbus A320ceo and -neo families and Boeing 737 Classic and new-generation overhauls.
The new facility, announced last year, is 130 km (80 mi.) north of Aerostar’s existing business operations at Bacau, where two dedicated hangars provide six to seven aircraft bays.
Last year, Aerostar said it performed C and D checks in Bacau on 87 aircraft, and so far in 2018 it has maintained 52 aircraft.
Two Ex-Singapore A380s To Be Parted Out
Dr. Peters Group has given up hope that it can sell two former Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s and decided that they should be parted out.
The company is proposing to investors in two of its funds that own the aircraft that the aircraft should be dismantled for spares, which is expected to generate around $45 million. The engines are to be sold by the end of 2020.
Dr. Peters said in a statement that its “comprehensive and intensive negotiations” with several airlines, including British Airways, Hi Fly and Iran Air, for new leasing contracts were unsuccessful. It also considered selling the aircraft but concluded that possible deals were financially unattractive to investors.
Dr. Peters has been facing strong criticism by small investors who say they have been misled about the market prospects of the A380.
The two aircraft are owned by two separate funds. A third fund owns two additional former Singapore Airlines A380s. A decision about their future has not yet been made. A Dr. Peters official said negotiations are continuing for the two aircraft.
The decision to part-out the first two aircraft is still subject to investor approval, which Dr. Peters aims to receive by the end of June.
So far, only one of the five former Singapore A380s has found a new home: Portuguese wet-lease specialist Hi Fly has decided to take one aircraft that is to arrive in June.
AFI KLM E&M signed a Spring Airlines contract to provide Airbus A320 component support on a power-by-the-hour basis; Spring currently has 78 A320s.
H+S Aviation (BBA Aviation) of the UK won a five-year Asiana contract to provide maintenance support for Hamilton Sundstrand PW901 APUs on Boeing 747-400s.
Lufthansa Technik won a Comair contract to provide Total Technical Support for eight Boeing 737 MAXs starting in 2019. The deal covers engineering, planning, line maintenance and component support, including consumables and expendables supply.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering signed a partnership agreement with Thomas Cook Airlines to take over its line maintenance requirements at five UK airports, including London Gatwick, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and East Midlands.
Sabena Technics extended its component support contract with Pelita Air Service for four ATRs for another five years.
Spairliners extended a component-support contract with Kenya Airways for 15 Embraer E-Jets. The deal includes line maintenance training.
StandardAero secured two new five-year APU maintenance contracts from Mesa Airlines for Pratt & Whitney APS3200s (for 48 Embraer 175s) and Honeywell Aerospace RE220s (for 84 Bombardier CRJ700s/CRJ900s). The work will be performed at Maryville, Tennessee. StandardAero now supports all of Mesa’s APUs.
Turkish Technic was selected by Flynas to provide Airbus A320 component pooling and by Iberia to perform C checks on an Airbus A330. It also signed a Global Fleet Care partnership agreement with Boeing covering line, heavy and component maintenance.
Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow was approved for Boeing 737CL, 747-400 and 747-8 line maintenance at Liege, Belgium. It currently supports 18 747Fs for AirBridgeCargo Airlines and has been selected to support 737s for Atran Airlines.
Contract Source: SpeedNews