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MRO News Briefs, Nov. 17-23

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Nov. 17-23.

CSAT Signs Base Maintenance Agreement with Austrian

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has entered into a base maintenance agreement with Austrian Airlines, under which it will provide base maintenance checks for the carrier’s Airbus A320 family aircraft at its Vaclav Havel Airport facilities in Prague. CSAT CEO Pavel Hales says the contract currently includes five base maintenance checks, primarily consisting of C checks.

LHT to Service Honeywell APUs for JAL

Japan Airlines has signed an agreement with Lufthansa Technik covering APU maintenance services for its Airbus A350 fleet. Under the five-year contract, LHT will provide repair and overhaul maintenance with spare support for the Honeywell HGT1700 APU. LHT, an official warranty station and Honeywell partner for the APU type, has been providing component services for JAL’s A350 fleet since June 2019.

KF Aerospace Opens New Widebody Hangar

KF Aerospace has opened its first widebody aircraft hangar at YHM Hamilton International Airport in Toronto. The 75,000 ft.2hangar can accommodate six narrowbody or up to three widebody aircraft, which the Canadian MRO says will expand its ability to support its growing domestic and international airline customers. In anticipation of the new hangar, KF has hired 60 additional staff and plans to grow its total staff at the base from 200 to over 400 by 2022.

Hangar Construction Milestone for Metrojet Limited

Metrojet Limited has reached a major construction milestone for its new hangar parking and maintenance facility in Clark, The Philippines. The stressed arch of the hangar’s roof structure is now in position and, once complete, the hangar will have more than 7,000 m2 of floor space to accommodate up to 10 long range business jets. The hangar is targeted for operation in Q2 2020.

Sanad and Emirates Sign MRO Agreement

Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sanad Aerotech to establish collaborative groundwork for the delivery of MRO services. According to Sanad, the agreement presents opportunities to create value for the United Arab Emirates’ growing aerospace industry and to generate job opportunities in the region.

First Class Aviation Services Opens Wheel and Brake Facility

DAES Group has completed the establishment of a turnkey wheel and brake facility for Saudi MRO First Class Aviation Services, which is expected to begin operations by the end of the month and handle an average of at least 1,000 units of wheels per year. The project is part of First Class Aviation Services’ regional growth plan, which will now turn its attention to establishing a facility at Jeddah airport.

AMMROC and CAE Sign Training MOU

Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) and CAE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pursue training sustainment services and offset opportunities in the Middle East, including maintenance and support of simulators and training devices, contractor logistics support, courseware development and instructors. AMMROC says its offerings enable the UAE and other regional air forces to maintain operational readiness, airworthiness and technical ownership of various aircraft and platforms.

C&L Aerospace Completes ATR Teardown

C&L Aerospace has completed the teardown of an ATR42-320—its seventh recent ATR teardown purchase. Parts from the aircraft, including propellers, wheels, brakes, flight controls and leading edges will be available for lease, exchange or sale along with the company’s more than 132,000 other ATR line items.

GE Aviation to Provide Engine MRO Consulting to Egyptair M&E

Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GE Aviation for consultancy support of its CFM56-7B MRO efforts. Under the agreement, GE Aviation will provide guidance to help improve the efficiency of Egyptair’s overhaul processes for the engine type, which it recently added capabilities for at its Cairo-based shop.

Jordanian Carrier Picks Hawker Pacific for Landing Gear Services

Royal Jordanian Airlines has chosen Hawker Pacific Aerospace to perform landing gear services for its regional fleet of Embraer E-Jets. The three-year contract covers landing gear overhauls along with landing gear spares on a loan- and exchange-basis.

Duncan Aviation Receives Honeywell Approval for ADS-B Upgrades

Duncan Aviation has received approval from Honeywell Aerospace to perform ADS-B upgrades on Honeywell’s RMU-855, RCZ-850 and RCZ-833 series transponders. Units will be sent to Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska facility for the modification.

FLYdocs Makes New Hire

FLYdocs recently appointed Kandarp Joshi as associate director of software engineering.

AMES Selected As Local Partner On GE90-110 Preventive Maintenance Inspections

Aerostructures Middle-East Services (AMES) has been selected as a local partner for preventive maintenance inspections and associated repairs on GE90-110 and -115 fan stator modules (FSMs). The first of these FSMs was delivered mid-October 2019, while three others are being processed.

Bombardier And GE Aviation With Preferred Service Provider Agreement

Bombardier now has a preferred service provider agreement with GE Aviation, and GE will power Bombardier’s cockpit and cabin connectivity solutions, including new, curated, service bundles that will simplify the selection of cockpit and cabin services with tip-to-tail solutions for new and in-service aircraft. This agreement is a first step toward the launch of Bombardier’s comprehensive Smart Link Plus connected aircraft program. Launching in the second half of 2020, Smart Link Plus will help Bombardier customers drive operations and maintenance decisions by leveraging fleet-wide data.

Global Aerostructures Market Set To Grow

The global aerostructures market, valued at $60.0 billion in 2018, will reach $78.1 billion by 2026, growing 4% annually during the forecast period, according to Fortune Business Insights.

Willis Lease Finance Corporation Reports Profit

Engine lessor and asset manager Willis Lease Finance Corporation reported record quarterly pre-tax profit and total revenues of $31.1 million and $120.4 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2019. The company’s pre-tax results were driven by strong leasing revenues as well as gains associated with the active management of its portfolio. Aggregate lease rent and maintenance reserve revenues were $88.3 million for the third quarter of 2019.

New SAS Livery for ATR 72

Magnetic MRO has painted first ATR 72 in a new SAS livery at its dedicated paint hangar in Tallinn.

12-Year System Support For Boeing 787s

GE Aviation has a 12-year TrueChoice services agreement with China Southern Airlines for systems support across all Boeing 787s. The agreement includes GE Aviation's Avionics Systems content.

Global Engine Market Growth Expected By 2025

The global aircraft engine market will reach $57.3 billion by 2025, growing at 4.7% per year, according to the consultancy Valulates.

Airbus Strengthening Cooperation With China's Civil Aviation

Civil Aviation Administration China Administrator Feng Zhenglin met in Beijing with a delegation led by Guillaume Faury, chief executive officer of Airbus, to exchange in-depth views on such issues as Airbus's business development in China as well as strengthening of cooperation with China's civil aviation.

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