Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts (March, 2018)

MROs continue to gear up for next-gen aircraft, especially in Asia.


Tyrolean Technik To End Turboprop MRO Business

Tyrolean Airways Technik, a fully owned subsidiary of Austrian Airlines, will terminate its heavy maintenance operations of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s in Innsbruck by July 1. The underlying reasons are the declining level of business and high location costs. Air Berlin, which recently went bankrupt, operated Dash 8s and was one of the biggest customers in Innsbruck. “We are evaluating the option to transfer the Q400 MRO business to Lufthansa Technik in Malta or Sofia, or to Austrian Technik Bratislava,“ says a representative. The line maintenance of aircraft will continue to be carried out locally. 

Airbus To Resume Deliveries After GTF Fixes

Pratt & Whitney, moving to quickly fix the latest in-service issue with its PW1000G geared turbofan family, will undo a high-pressure compressor (HPC) upgrade introduced last year. Changes in MRO shops and the production line have begun, and the first updated engines are expected to be ready in March.

The latest issue is with the HPC rear hub knife-edge seal that affects 98 PW1100G-JM engines built for the Airbus A320neo family, including 43 that entered service on 32 aircraft. The new configuration entered service in December. Within several weeks, two inflight shutdowns and two rejected takeoffs were linked to anomalies created by the new configuration. On Feb. 9, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), acting on recommendations from Pratt, ordered any aircraft with two of the 43 affected engines to swap one out for an older configuration and suspended all extended-range operations (ETOPS) for the engines. The FAA adopted EASA’s directive. Fixes must be done off wing. Pratt confirmed that both new-production engines and those being upgraded in shops will start rolling out next month.

Airbus, which has halted Pratt-powered A320neo-family deliveries, plans to resume them in April.

Top OEMs In-Service Fleet China, 2018-22


AAR won a seven-year U.S. Navy contract to provide P-8A (Boeing 737 NG) depot airframe maintenance/support, for U.S., Australian and Foreign Military sales customers.

AFI-KLM E&M extended an exclusive Airbus A330 component support contract with AirAsia X; the deal is good until the aircraft retire.

AMAC Aerospace won a Tailwind Airlines contract for 737-400 heavy maintenance at its new facility in Bodrum, Turkey.

BAE Systems won a three-year fleet support services contract from Braathens Regional for 10 British Aerospace RJ100s and two RJ85s.

Emirates Engineering won a Qantas contract to strip/repaint eight Airbus A380s, plus replace landing gear on one A380.

KLM UK Engineering won a Finnair contract to provide Embraer E190 and A320 line maintenance at Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lufthansa Technik Philippines secured a five-year Asiana contract for A380 maintenance, including 14 heavy checks.

Pratt & Whitney Canada won contracts from Qantas to maintain 51 APUs for A380s and Boeing 787s and 717s operated by the group and from Alliance Air of India to provide fleet maintenance services/support at Singapore for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127Ms over the next three years.

Triumph Aviation Services Asia of Thailand won an MOU with China Southern Airlines to provide IAE V2500 and Pratt & Whitney PW4168 nacelle maintenance, including potential for a joint venture in Shenyang, China, to support China Southern and other airlines.

VT San Antonio Aerospace of Texas won an Air Canada contract to provide 787 interior reconfiguration services.


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