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Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts (August 2017)

SIA to present A380 upgrade, Delta TechOPs wins major deal with ATSG, and new MRO joint venture in China among the news briefs this month.

SIA To Unveil A380 Upgrade Later This Year

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will debut a planned cabin upgrade for its Airbus A380 fleet on the first of the carrier’s new deliveries.

A spokesman for the airline confirmed that details about new cabin products will be revealed at an official launch in Singapore toward the end of this year. The first of SIA’s five new A380 deliveries is due within the current fiscal year, which runs through March 31, 2018.

The carrier will also retrofit 14 of the 19 A380s in its existing fleet, the spokesman said. SIA is expected to return the other five to lessors as their leases expire. The time line for the retrofits will be revealed at the product launch.

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Singapore Airlines will retrofit 14 of its 19 Airbus A380s.


Delta TechOps Lands $750 Million ATSG Contract

Delta TechOps, the maintenance division of Delta Air Lines, has signed a new 12-year agreement worth $750 million to service CF6-80A and CF6-80C2 engines operated by the airline subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).

The GE Aviation-manufactured turbofan engine, among the most mature in operation today, is used to power ATSG’s fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft.

Carriers covered as part of the contract include ATSG-owned cargo specialists ABX Air, Air Transport International and Cargo Aircraft Management.

The latest contract extends a partnership between Atlanta-based Delta TechOps and ATSG that goes back more than 20 years.

“Our vast experience operating and supporting the world’s largest 767 fleet makes us a perfect fit to support ATSG and their growing fleet,” says Jack Arehart, president of MRO Services at Delta TechOps. “ATSG has been a great customer, and we look forward to continuing to support them for many years to come.”

Safran, China Eastern Joint Venture Begins Hangar Construction

The XIESA joint venture of Safran Landing Systems and China Eastern Airlines has started construction of its first MRO center dedicated to landing-gear maintenance.

The facility for the joint venture, announced in November 2016, is located in the airport zone of the city of Xian in Shaanxi province.

Once built, it will have a surface area of 11,000 m2 (118,000 ft.2), including 8,700 m2 of workshops.

Construction starts in July 2017, and the center should be operational in January 2019. It will employ 350 MRO workers for the Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s of China Eastern Airlines fleet and other Chinese customers.

Vincent Mascre, CEO of Safran Landing Systems, says the building of the new hangar will “showcase our expertise and the wide range of services offered to our customers.”


AAR has won a Flydubai contract to provide flight-hour component support for 100 Boeing 737 MAXs due for delivery through 2023.

AJW Group was selected by Aero Contractors, Nigeria, to help restructure MRO capabilities (737CL heavy maintenance) and provide asset management services, including disposal of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150 engines and acquisition of two Bombardier Q400s.

Avtrade UK won a Cityjet contract to provide management of component maintenance for its 14 Avro RJs.

China Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing to help develop its MRO capabilities, qualify it as an approved supplier to bid for work on various products and services and become a Global Fleet Care service provider and Boeing freighter conversion center.

Dublin Aerospace secured an Avolon contract for lease transition work on two Airbus A320s and maintenance/mods on two A330s.

Jet Yard was selected by Delta Material Services to perform aircraft part-outs at Marana, Arizona; first is a 737-700, to be followed by a 767-300.

Joramco, of Jordan was selected by Tunisair for C checks on its two A330-200s.

Lufthansa Technik secured a Total Component Support contract from Royal Jordanian to support 12 A320s and a 15-year Total Component Support contract with El Al Israel Airlines for 16 787s.

MTU Maintenance won a three-year Air Burkina contract to maintain four GE CF34-8Es; the deal includes spare engine leasing.

OGMA, of Portugal has completed C checks on nine Embraer 190s for Air Astana; work included upgrades to inflight entertainment systems.

Contract Source: SpeedNews

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