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2019 MRO Americas News Briefs

News briefs from 2019 MRO Americas event in Atlanta.

GAMECO's Parts Making Facilities Open 

On April 3, new facilities of GAMECO Parts Manufacturing Center were put into operation. Specializing in developing and manufacturing of aircraft parts, the new site covers an area of nearly 6,000 square meters with appropriate layout and well-equipped facilities. The Center has obtained manufacturing qualification for more than 10,000 parts, including cabin parts, cargo parts, airframe structure parts and modification parts. It produces Computer Numeric Control machined part, sheet metal parts, injection molded parts, composite parts, leather fabric, placards, electronic parts and cables.    

Aeroman Opens Latin America's Largest Aircraft MRO Facility 
With the opening of Hangar 6, Aeroman is now the largest aircraft maintenance center in Latin America. The new hangar adds capacity to service 12 narrowbody aircraft, and it brings Aeroman’s total capacity to more than 35 narrowbody aircraft. Hangar 6 includes office space, warehouse space, a cafeteria and employee recreation fields. In addition, the new hangar provides additional flexibility as Aeroman expands its widebody and regional jet services. Hangar 6 has generated more than 600 jobs in El Salvador.

MTU's Record Breaking Year 
MTU Maintenance once again broke records in 2018. The MRO division of MTU Aero Engines secured around $4.4 billion in MRO contract wins, surpassing the $4 billion mark for the first time in its history. Over 300 contracts were signed in 2018, of which 46 were with new engine MRO customers.

ST Engineering's MRA Systems Takeover One Step Closer 
Singapore Technologies Engineering’s Vision Technologies Aerospace in September 2018 entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire 100% ownership in MRA Systems from General Electric. All anti-trust approvals have now been obtained, and all that it is pending is the usual clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Subject to these remaining conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

AFI KLM E&M Completes AerCap Retrofit Work 
AFI KLM E&M has reconfigured and retrofitted the cabins of three Aercap Boeing 777s with Zodiac Aerospace's RAVE IFE system, a world first on 777-300ERs.

First Time Collaboration for Bucher Group, Satair 
The Bucher Group and Satair have signed an agreement for the supply of galley spare parts, sealing the first collaborative agreement between the two companies. Bucher is a manufacturer of galleys, monuments and medical systems.

AFI KLM E&M to Support Atlas Air 747 Fleet 
AFI KLM E&M and Atlas Air have signed a contract to organize component support for the U.S. carrier’s fleet of Boeing 747s-400. The agreement covers flight hour closed loop repair services taking in close to 600 part numbers, along with exchange solutions where necessary.

MB Aerospace Expands in Taiwan 
MB Aerospace has opened a second facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The factory, which is part of the company’s MB Aerospace ACTS Taiwan business, adds an additional 43,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.

AFI KLM E&M to Support WestJet's GEnx Engines 
AFI KLM E&M and WestJet have inked a letter of intent to sign a contract for maintenance and support for the GEnx engines equipping the Canadian carrier’s fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9s. AFI KLM &M will monitor WestJet’s GEnx fleet using its Prognos for engine data analysis and predictive maintenance system. This is the first major contract between the two groups.

Pratt & Whitney Teams Up With Turbine Controls 
Pratt & Whitney has signed a part repair service award agreement with Turbine Controls. This signing is the first with a third-party repair supplier for Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. Through this deal, Turbine Controls will be involved in the MRO of both static and rotating components, including critical life limited parts. 

The DAES Group Announces ATG Partnership 
The DAES Group has announced a partnership with Czech engineering company ATG covering non-destructive testing solutions. 

GAMECO Becomes Boeing Maintenance Support Supplier 
GAMECO has signed a services agreement with Boeing Global Services to become its maintenance service supplier in Asian-Pacific region. Meanwhile, Boeing will provide training, maintenance data interface and technical support to GAMECO.

AFI KLM E&M to Repair CFM56-5Bs for Philippines Airlines 
AFI KLM E&M has signed an agreement with Philippines Airlines for a program of shop visits and repair services covering 20 CFM56-5B engines equipped on its fleet of A320s. The engines will be overhauled in the Paris Orly engine shop.

Azul Signs Up For Safran Thrust Reverser Services 
Safran Nacelles has signed a contract with Brazilian carrier Azul to provide repair services and spares pool resources for thrust reversers that equip the airline’s Airbus A330 aircraft fleet powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.

JetBlue Among First Lufthansa Technik Maintwise Customers 
U.S. carrier JetBlue Airways has been named as one of the first customers of Lufthansa Technik’s new Maintwise engineering consulting service.

United Tech Ops Announces PW4000 Overhaul Partnership 
United Technical Operations is partnering with Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors (FTAI) Aviation for Pratt & Whitney PW4000-94 overhauls. FTAI Aviation purchased surplus engines from United and chose United’s MRO Services for the program. United already has inducted the first three engines at its San Francisco facility.

Barfield to Support AerFin on Parts Repairs 
AFI KLM E&M subsidiary Barfield has entered into a long-term maintenance agreement with AerFin to cover the repair of regional and single aisle commercial aircraft components. Under the new contract, Barfield facilities in Atlanta and Miami will provide support for approximately 170 component part numbers. 

Safran to Repair Nacelles for Avianca 
Safran Nacelles has been selected by Avianca Holdings to provide repair services and spares pool resources for engine nacelles that equip the airline’s Airbus A320neo aircraft fleet which are powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines. 

MTU Signs United GE90 MRO Contract 
MTU Maintenance has signed a 12-year GE90-115B maintenance contract with United Airlines. The fly-by-hour agreement, announced at MRO Americas 2019, covers MRO services for 49 of the GE Aviation-manufactured engine powering the airline’s 777-300ER fleet. It also includes MTU proprietary repairs as well as engine trend monitoring. 

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