Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Ten

Inside MRO News Briefs And Contracts, September 2017

Alaska Air, Air New Zealand make Wi-Fi upgrades while Air Berlin Technik seeks a buyer.


Alaska Selects Gogo 2Ku for Fleet Wi-Fi

Alaska Air Group has announced it has selected the Gogo satellite-based Wi-Fi service to be installed on its Boeing 737s as well as on the Virgin America Airbus fleet.

The Gogo 2Ku service will be introduced on the 737s from the first half of 2018, the carrier said. Installation on up to 50 aircraft will be completed by the end of that year, with the remaining 737s and the Airbus fleet to be fully equipped by early 2020. The regional jets operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest will continue to use Gogo’s air-to-ground Wi-Fi.

Alaska has previously signaled its intention to move to satellite broadband, beginning with the Boeing fleet. Currently, Alaska 737s use the Gogo ATG-4 Wi-Fi system. Some of the Virgin America aircraft have ViaSat satellite-based Wi-Fi, while others have Gogo ATG-4.

Wi-Fi for Air New Zealand’s 777-300ERs 

The next phase of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300ER retrofit program will allow the carrier to introduce its onboard Wi-Fi service.

More than half of the -300ER fleet has already been through the cabin upgrade, with the fourth of seven aircraft set to rejoin the airline. The final three aircraft are due to be completed by November, and these will be the first of Air New Zealand’s fleet to be equipped with Wi-Fi.

Air New Zealand intends to conduct operational trials on the Wi-Fi system later this year, says Anita Hawthorne, the carrier’s general manager for customer experience. The official launch of this product will occur early in 2018.

The Wi-Fi service will be provided by Inmarsat and integrated with the Panasonic IFE systems.

EASA Certifies Trent 1000 Ten Engine

The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified Rolls-Royce’s forthcoming Trent 1000 Ten engine.

The engine type, which incorporates technologies from in-service engines such as the Trent XWB, will power all variants of the Boeing 787.

The full-flight certification, announced by Rolls-Royce on Aug. 18, came after the first Trent 1000s were delivered to Boeing’s assembly lines in Seattle in May 2017.

The engine’s entry into service is expected sometime before the end of this year.


Air Berlin Technik’s Future

As Air Berlin slips into bankruptcy following the withdrawal of financial support from main shareholder Etihad, Airways the fight over its carcass begins.

Many expect Lufthansa to pick up a substantial part of the carrier’s airline business.

“Negotiations with Lufthansa and other partners regarding the acquisition of business units of Air Berlin are far advanced and highly promising. These negotiations may be finalized shortly,” a statement from Air Berlin says.

At press time, it was not clear what would happen to Air Berlin Technik, which serves its parent’s fleet and 60 other customers. The MRO provider employs 1,500 people and offers line and base maintenance services using six hangars.


AAR secured a long-term component support agreement with Hawaiian Airlines for its 18 Airbus A321neos.

AAR has notice to proceed on a $909 million U.S. Air Force contract for supply chain management of C-130/KC-135/E-3 landing-gear parts.

Air India Engineering Services (Air India/Boeing) was selected by SpiceJet for a C1 Check on a Boeing737NG at Nagpur.

Airinmar (an AAR subsidiary) won a three-year Ameriflight contract to provide repair-order management services and systems support for its fleet.

Atitech of Italy was selected by Vim Airlines to upgrade seats and cabin for an ex-EVA Airways Airbus A330-200 (655).

ATR extended its global maintenance agreement (LRU/propeller repair/pooling) with Stobart Air of Ireland for 17 aircraft for six years.

Czech Airlines Technics won a five-year Transavia contract to provide 737NG base maintenance (18 aircraft per season).

Monarch Aircraft Engineering secured a contract from Evelop Airlines of Spain to provide base maintenance services—initially on an A330—out of Birmingham, England.

Saab won a four-year Silver Airways contract to provide a rotable repair and exchange services program for 21 Saab 340s.

Taby Air Maintenance of Sweden won a contract from SprintAir of Poland to perform heavy checks on three Saab 340s.

Tarmac Aerosave of France completed dismantling two ex-Jet Airways 737-800s for AerFin, which purchased both aircraft from the Investec Global Aircraft Fund earlier this year.

TS7 Engineering of Russia was selected by Azimuth Airlines to provide Sukhoi Superjet 100 maintenance at Rostov-on-Don.

Contract Source: SpeedNews



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