Lufthansa Technik, MTU Announce GTF JV
Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are to set up a 50-50 joint venture for maintenance of Pratt & Whitney PW1000G-family geared-turbofan (GTF) engines. The agreement was signed by both parties in Berlin Feb. 20, after discussions determining the venture’s feasibility were concluded. Subject to different approvals, including from relevant antitrust authorities, both parties intend to inaugurate the joint venture in the second half of 2017. A new €150 million ($158 million) facility in a yet-to-be selected location will be set up by 2020 and will have a workforce of more than 500. Both parties say they are actively searching for a location either in or outside of Europe, with a decision expected in the next few months. Once operational, the facility will accommodate in excess of 300 shop visits of the PW1000G-family GTF engine for the Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, which entered service on a Lufthansa-operated A320neo in January 2016.
Monarch To Open Two New Line Stations
Monarch Aircraft Engineering has confirmed plans to open two new line stations at Edinburgh, Scotland, and Nice, France, along with expanding its existing line facility at Malaga, Spain, in support of Boeing GoldCare customers. The engineering division of the Monarch Airline Group, a partner of Boeing’s aftermarket program, will provide support for the Boeing 737 MAX at Edinburgh, with the Boeing 787 serviced at the Nice and Malaga locations. Operations are scheduled to begin from the summer of 2017, according to the UK-headquartered MRO. Chris Dare, managing director at Monarch Aircraft Engineering, says the new locations are a recognition of the company’s commitment and investment to supporting the next generation of Boeing aircraft worldwide.
STS Opens Repair and Modifications Division
U.S.-based maintenance provider STS Aviation has launched an aircraft repair and modification services unit. The new division will operate as STS Repair and Modification and will utilize existing STS teams of technicians and engineers. The new venture is part of a strategic partnership between Florida-headquartered STS and Cannon Aviation. In addition to offering structural aircraft repair and modification services, STS Repair and Modification will also target delivery of cost-effective avionics repair and modification technologies to customers.
AAR Opens Dubai Component Warehouse
AAR has opened a parts facility at Dubai World Central Airport. The aftermarket provider says opening the new warehouse will improve the availability of essential aircraft components for the increasing number of carriers operating in the Middle East. Component suppliers for the new facility include Eaton, Unison, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Meggitt and Lord. “We recognized a need in the region to improve support and reduce lead times for customers and to help our OEM partners better serve local operators while reducing their overhead burden,” says Paul Richardson, AAR vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The move further grows the presence of the U.S.-headquartered company and follows the recent signing of a power-by-the-hour contract with low-cost carrier FlyDubai.
Aeronautical Engineering secured an Aeronaves contract to convert two Bombardier CRJ200s to freighters at Commercial Jet in Dothan, Alabama.
Rolls-Royce won a Lufthansa contract to provide SelectCare services for Trent 500s via N3 Engine Overhaul Services.
MTU Maintenance signed a BH Air contract to provide exclusive IAE V2500-A5 maintenance support for three Airbus A320-200s.
AFI-KLM E&M won a Xiamen Airlines contract to provide GEnx support (maintenance/spares) out of Amsterdam for six Boeing 787-9s.
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services gained a Cargolux contract to provide landing gear exchange services for 14 747-8Fs.
Rolls-Royce launched LessorCare support service specifically designed for lessors with Trent-powered aircraft. The new service covers technical support/publications/training, transition services and asset management, including enhancements to its Opera program.
F&E Aircraft Maintenance of Miami, Florida, was selected by Boeing to provide GoldCare line maintenance services for the Boeing 737 MAX.
Etihad Airways Engineering signed a three-year Air Tahiti Nui contract to perform nine Airbus A340-300 C checks at Abu Dhabi.
AAR won a three-year contract with SkyWest Airlines to provide landing gear overhaul and exchange services out of Miami for about 400 Bombardier CRJs.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft signed a five-year contract with Island Air to provide Q400 component support under its Smart Parts program.
Epcor (AFI-KLM E&M) extended a deal with Luxair to provide APU and pneumatic component maintenance for its Boeing 737s.