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MRO Highlights From Paris Airshow

A quick summary of some of the aftermarket news coming from Le Bourget.

Airbus Helicopters, Vector Aerospace and Rockwell Collins are partnering to develop and market a Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics upgrade for Airbus rotorcraft. Expect the first upgrades to be available for the AS332/532 MK1 helicopters next summer.

Aero Precision signed an agreement with Saudi Aerospace Co.’s logistics company to launch a joint venture to provide logistics and component MRO. The JV, to operate as Aero Precision Industries Saudi Arabia and be headquartered in Riyadh, will support civil and military aircraft.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft appointed Samco Aircraft Maintenance as the first authorized service facility for its C Series family of aircraft. Samco will offer a suite of MRO services from its facility at the Maastricht Airport in Beek, Netherlands.

GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik plan to set up a joint venture to overhaul GEnx-2B and GE9X engines, which power the Boeing 747-8 and 777X, respectively. The memorandum of understanding calls for the JV to be operational in 2018.

Transavia awarded AFI KLM E&M a long-term contract to provide component support for the low cost carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737-800s.

Gulf Air signed a component support contract with AFI KLM E&M to service 16 A320s, six A321s, six A330s, as well as provide a main base kit in Bahrain. The deal also includes giving Gulf Air access to spares pools.

KLM UK Engineering signed a three-year contract with BA CityFlyer, a British Airways subsidiary, to provide line maintenance for the carrier’s Embraer E170 and 190 fleet in Edinburgh.

South African Airways Technical and AAR signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture to increase SAA’s efficiencies, reduce costs and grow third-party revenue for the airline’s technical division. AAR could also support SAAT’s component repair capabilities expansion.

Taikoo Engine Services (Xiamen), part of HAECO, completed its 200th GE90 overhaul. The facility is on target to complete 50 more engines this year.

Swiss International Air Lines selected GE Aviation’s Flight Efficiencies Services for fuel management across its fleet. GE will start implementing the solution this summer.

Thai Airways signed a long-term TotalCare service agreement with Rolls-Royce for the Trent 1000 engines that power six Boeing 787-8s. Thai operates 56 Trent-powered aircraft today.

Xiamen Airlines signed a 15-year, $240 million OnPoint agreement with GE Aviation for material required to overhaul 12 GEnx-1B engines.

Air Transat signed an eight-year OnPoint service agreement with GE Aviation to overhaul its fleet of CFM56-7B engines that power the 737-800s. The deal is worth $25 million.

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