Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts, October 2016

Lufthansa Technik, MTU eye PW1000G MRO Partnership; AAR acquires Sonic Aviation; TAP M&E completes first Sharklet retrofit



Lufthansa Technik, MTU Eye PW1000G MRO Partnership

Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are exploring forming a maintenance company to offer services for the PW1000G geared turbofan (GTF) engine after signing a memorandum of understanding. Both parties said a decision will be made by year-end, with a “globally competitive” location to be determined. In a statement, Lufthansa Technik said the joint venture could handle a “substantial” amount of GTF shop visits in the first few years of business. The two companies are involved in Pratt & Whitney’s GTF program—Lufthansa Technik became a member of its aftersales network in July 2016, while MTU is a partner in the PW1000G program. 

DAE To Take 80% Stake in Joramco

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco) from the Abraaj Group. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. DAE Managing Director Khalifa Al Daboos said the Amman-based MRO “provides a high-quality product at a very competitive price” to regional and global airlines. The company offers services on Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft types and holds certifications from the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission, the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority. “We welcome Joramco to the DAE family and look forward to working with the management to accelerate the growth trajectory of the company by expanding its product offerings, customer reach and geographic area of focus,” said Al Daboos.

AAR Acquires Sonic Aviation

Aftermarket specialist AAR has confirmed the acquisition of aircraft painting, stripping and washing business Sonic Aviation. Buying Sonic, which is headquartered at Miami International Airport, will complement its own aircraft painting business, AAR said, and add a new capability across its five North American repair stations along with its global parts supply and repair business. Sonic’s strip and wash services also include ground support equipment (GSE). “The acquisition of Sonic moves AAR into an adjacent vertical and will further extend our ability to provide value-added services to airlines,” said Brian Loomer, general manager, AAR Aircraft Services–Miami. “We are also excited to expand our presence at Miami International Airport and grow the only aircraft and GSE washing service into a 24/7 business.”

TAP M&E Completes First Sharklet Retrofit

TAP Maintenance Engineering (TAP M&E) has completed a sharklet retrofit service on an ACJ319 operated by charter carrier Comlux, the first of its kind on any version of an A319 aircraft. Completed at TAP M&E’s main facility in Lisbon, the work using newer tooling capabilities saved on downtime and increased the quality of work compared to traditional methods and tooling, the company said.  “Months of careful planning and testing [ensured] a safe, efficient and smooth workflow from Day 1,” said Mario Lobato de Faria, TAP M&E executive vice president. 



Lufthansa Technik won a contract from RwandAir to provide Total Technical Support for an Airbus A330-200 and an A330-300.

FL Technics was selected by K-Mile Asia of Thailand to provide power-by-the-hour parts support for two Boeing 737-400SFs.

Ruag Aviation says it has completed heavy maintenance checks on five Pilatus PC-12s for Dexter Airtaxi Services of Russia.

AAR won a contract from Enter Air of Poland to provide power-by-the-hour component inventory management/repair for 19 Boeing 737s.

Pakistan International Airlines completed its first C-check on an Airbus A320 out of its engineering facility in Karachi.

Embraer extended its flight-hour pool program with Japan Airlines for regional airline J-Air’s 20 E-Jets for 10 more years.

HAECO Americas broke ground on $60 million 25,000-ft.2 aircraft MAINTENANCE HANGAR at Greensboro, North Carolina, for late 2017 or early 2018.

Volga-Dnepr Gulf, of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, was selected by UTair to perform Boeing 737-400 maintenance, including multiple A-checks and airworthiness directive/service bulletin work, and by CARGOLOGICAIR of the UK to perform C-checks on its ex-Japan Airlines 747-400F (33749) on lease from Aircastle.

SR Technics completed a heavy maintenance and cabin reconfiguration/upgrade program on six Airbus A320s for Edelweiss Air.

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