Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts (July 2019)

Rolls-Royce’s acquisition of Siemens’ electric-propulsion unit is the MRO highlight of the Paris Air Show.

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Hutchinson Launches Aftermarket Business

Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry is looking to enter the ever-growing aerospace aftermarket with the launch of its newest business unit, Hutchinson Aerospace Services. The company will target OEM and airline customers by providing a range of aftermarket services through Hutchinson Aerospace’s existing global network of service centers, located in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

“The aerospace aftermarket is worth billions per year for the next 20 years. In 2028, there will be almost 40,000 aircraft flying, and they need maintenance. They need aftermarket services,” explains Norbert Langlois, executive vice president of Hutchinson Aerospace Services. “We want to be part of this business, and the beauty of it is that the market is so big that if you do things with added value—if you bring something to the market—you’ll get the business.”

Langlois believes Hutchinson Aerospace Services will draw in customers through its existing technical expertise, backed by parent company Hutchinson’s strength within industrial markets such as aerospace, automotive and defense. The new company plans to focus on three main segments: engines, airframes and cabins, all of which will benefit from existing Hutchinson Group expertise.

Top Five Engine MRO Demand by OEM, 2019-28


Over the next decade, Aviation Week’s Commercial Fleet & MRO Forecast projects total 10-year engine MRO demand at $298.5 billion. CFM International is expected to hold 32% of the engine MRO demand share, followed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce, with 28% and 19%, respectively.

Rolls-Royce Buys Siemens’ Electric-Propulsion

Rolls-Royce’s decision to acquire the electric aircraft-propulsion activities of Siemens, announced at the Paris Air Show, builds on several years of cooperation between the companies. The deal is expected to close by late this year.

In 2017, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens began collaborating to fly a hybrid-electric engine on a BAe 146 test aircraft in 2020.

Rolls-Royce was responsible for the turboshaft engine, two-megawatt generator and power electronics, while Siemens covered the two-megawatt electric motors and their power electronic control unit, as well as the inverter, DC/DC converter and power distribution system.

“We are at the dawn of the third era of aviation, which will bring a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport to the skies,” said Rob Watson, director of Rolls-Royce Electrical, at the signing of the deal to bring those activities in-house. 



AFI KLM E&M won component support contracts from Virgin Atlantic for 12 Airbus A350-1000s and from Air Senegal for two A330neos.

Barfield was selected by Arabcal to provide repair/calibration services for ground- support test equipment in the Middle East.

Boeing signed an agreement with ASL Aviation to convert up to 20 737-800s to freighters and now has orders and commitments for 120. It operates conversion ­centers at Boeing Shanghai and Staeco and plans 17 conversions in 2019, vs. eight in 2018.

EFW signed a letter of intent from BBAM and an undisclosed airline to convert one Airbus A321-200 each to 14-pallet freighters for 2020.

Embraer was selected by Helvetic Airways of Switzerland to provide component support for four E190s leased from Nordic Aviation Capital; it also extended a deal with Aurigny Air Services for E195 parts maintenance. Both programs fall under its TechCare solution portfolio.

Epcor has contracted with El Al to maintain GTCP331-500 APUs for its six Boeing 777s using Prognos predictive maintenance software.

GE Aviation won a Nordic Aviation Capital contract to provide CF34-10E repair/overhaul to its lessees under the TrueChoice program.

KLM UK Engineering has won a WestJet contract to provide Boeing 737 line maintenance support at Glasgow.

Lufthansa Technik extended a deal with Smartavia (formerly Nordavia) to provide 737NG spare parts/CFM56 technical support.

Precision Aircraft Solutions was selected by Jetran to convert three ex-American Boeing 757-200s (24613/24614/25296) to freighters for lease to Swiftair. Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, Florida, will perform the maintainence.

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