LHT and GE Launch XEOS
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and GE Aviation have launched a new engine MRO service facility and joint venture, XEOS, in southwest Poland to overhaul GEnx-2B and GE9X engines.
Located in Sroda Slaska near Wroclaw, the facility celebrated its official opening on Sept. 30. Work on the site began in early August 2017.
The joint venture of LHT (51%) and GE Aviation (49%) invested about PLN 1 billion ($250 million) to construct the facility and a training center from scratch in 16 months, along with a test cell, still under construction.
The first commercial engine was accepted for repair in April 2019. In 2019, a total of about 20 engines will have been inducted for service at the new shop. When it is fully complete, in 2023, the plant will repair more than 200 engines per year.
Lion Air Receives Part 145 Certification for APUs
Batam Aero Technic, part of the Lion Air Group, received Indonesian DGCA Part 145 maintenance certification in September for its auxiliary power unit (APU) shop and expects to receive the FAA equivalent in November, says Pandu Dewanamprio, manager of the engine and APU shop for Batam. He says it is logical for Batam to start with APU maintenance to build up its staff’s turbine knowledge before adding bigger powerplants. Within the next 4-5 years, Batam hopes to bring CFM56-5 and -7 maintenance into the shop.
Asia-Pacific In-Service Engine Fleet 2019-28
By 2028 in the Asia-Pacific region, there will be nearly 13,400 next-generation engines, including General Electric’s GE9X and GEnx; CFM’s Leap; Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000, 7000 and XWB; and Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G.
Zipair Selects JALEC as MRO Provider
Japan’s new low-cost carrier startup Zipair Tokyo has named Japan Airlines Engineering Co. (JALEC) as its MRO provider. Operating with a low-cost, long-haul model, the carrier will start with two ex-JAL Boeing 787-8s, with the first aircraft undergoing a C check at JALEC and due for delivery in December. The two 787s will be completely refurbished with 290 seats in a single-class configuration; the second is expected to be delivered in January 2020. It will add two 787-8s per year and have 10 in 2024. Zipair is a 100%-owned entity of Japan Airlines. At MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore, Yasuhiro Fukada, Zipair chief marketing officer and executive officer, said JALEC’s experience with 787 operations will benefit Zipair, helping to achieve high dispatch reliability and minimize aircraft-on-ground incidents. He added that selecting JALEC as an affiliate company will reduce costs and help keep airfares low.
Airbus Services was selected by Vistara to provide maintenance support for up to 62 A320s under its FHS-TSP program.
Boeing was selected by Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines to provide 777-300 ERs with Performance Improvement Package 2.0, Malaysia Airlines for consumables and expendables support, and Skymark for aft-flap exchanges for 29 737-800s.
Boeing Asia-Pacific Aviation Services, Singapore, was selected by Myanmar National Airlines to provide parts and logistics support for 737NGs. BAPAS, a joint venture of Boeing and SIA Engineering Co., supports more than 100 Boeing aircraft.
Delta TechOps won a five-year ORIX Aviation Systems contract to provide CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engine maintenance.
Liebherr-Aerospace signed a long-term agreement with J-Air to provide landing gear overhaul for 15 Embraer E-Jets.
Liebherr-Aerospace has a contract from Fuji Dream Airlines of Japan to provide landing gear overhaul for 10 Embraer 170s.
Lufthansa Technik won a five-year China Cargo Airlines contract to provide total component support for three Boeing 747-400Fs.
Safran Nacelles won a 10-year All Nippon Airways contract to provide nacelle support for its three Airbus A380s.
SR Technics won a five-year Asiana Airlines contract to provide PW4000 maintenance (more than 50 shop visits) out of Zurich.
Triumph Aviation Services Asia, Thailand, was selected by Starlux Airlines for Airbus A321neo wheel/brake maintenance.
Contract Source: SpeedNews