Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts, September 2016

In this month's roundup: VD Gulf signs 747 MRO contract with CargoLogicAir, MRJ test flights suffer technical problems, ANA makes progress on engine fix, and Aviall takes up 36 CF6-80As from GE.

VD Gulf Signs 747 MRO Contract With CargoLogicAir

Volga-Dnepr Gulf (VD Gulf) has signed a contract with British cargo airline CargoLogicAir to carry out C checks on its Boeing 747-400 freighters. The scope of work includes airworthiness directive and service bulletin checks, modifications and out-of-phase tasks. CargoLogicAir, based at London Stansted Airport, was founded in 2015 to work in partnership with AirBridgeCargo. It has operated charters and serviced aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance contracts since gaining its air operator certificate from the UK Civil Aviation Authority at the beginning of this year. Victor Sherin, managing director of VD Gulf, said the company hopes the first contract will lead to further maintenance projects and cooperation with CargoLogicAir as its freighter fleet grows.

MRJ Hit by Technical Problems on Test Flights

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aborted two consecutive test flights in August after problems with the air management system (AMS) were identified. In a statement, the program’s parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, confirmed the AMS stopped automatically on Aug. 27 after experiencing a problem with a monitoring function on the first flight. The following day, the OEM said it recognized a similar issue with the same system. The aircraft was on test flights from Japan to its evaluation center in Moses Lake, Washington, but landed in Nagoya a little over 2 hr. after takeoff. Mitsubishi said it is investigating the issues to determine whether the problem lies within the AMS or the monitoring function itself. “We will decide the date to resume the ferry flight based on the results of inspection,” it said.

ANA Makes Progress on 787 Engine Fix

Six of All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 787s were out of action as of Aug. 30 as the carrier continued inspections due to concerns about turbine blade erosion in the fleet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. The airline intends to inspect its 787 engines progressively and replace turbine blades. The six grounded aircraft are part of this process, which has caused the carrier to cancel several domestic flights.

Aviall Takes Up to 36 CF6-80As From GE

Boeing subsidiary Aviall has signed an agreement to acquire up to 36 CF6-80A engines powering Boeing 767 and Airbus A310 aircraft from GE Aviation. Aviall said the change in engine ownership builds on a distributor agreement it launched in 2005, which has seen the Dallas-based company forecast, order and deliver all OEM replacement parts unique to the CF6-80A. “This continued expansion of our relationship with GE, in conjunction with the extension of offerings for the CF6-80A program, will help us further extend the depth of service we are able to offer,” says Sheena Mitchell, Aviall’s vice president of commercial engine and rotary-wing programs.


Contract Briefs

FL Technics of Lithuania was selected by Express Air Cargo of Tunisia to perform redelivery checks on two Boeing 737-300Fs.

Pemco World Air Services redelivered its 100th converted 737-300F (29068, ex-China Eastern) to SF Airlines, its 16th 737-300/400F, with three more on order for 2016. The program was launched in 1991 with L’Aeropostale (acquired by ASL Aviation Group).

Bombardier extended its CRJ heavy maintenance deal with SkyWest/ExpressJet for 10 years. The two regional airlines operate 433 CRJs (234 -200s, 135 -700s and 64 -900s) for Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines.

SR Technics opened its second Boeing 787 line maintenance station at Geneva. Its other facility is in Zurich.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering won a NORWEGIAN contract to provide 737NG line maintenance at Birmingham and Manchester, England.

Pratt & Whitney signed a 15-year AIR CANADA contract to provide PW1500G engine repair and overhaul for the airline’s 75 Bombardier CS300s on order/option.

AJW Aviation renewed power-by-the-hour contracts with Air Blue of Pakistan (Airbus A320 family) and Peace Air of Nigeria (737-500s).

CFM International won a 12-year LATAM Airlines Group contract to maintain 35 CFM56-5B engines on a rate-per-flight-hour basis.

Lufthansa Technik signed a long-term agreement with GE Aviation to provide GE9X and GEnx-2B maintenance under a GE-branded TrueChoice Materials agreements. The contract also is geared toward facilitating establishment of a joint-venture overhaul facility in 2018.

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