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MRO News Briefs, Nov. 24-30

A roundup of aviation aftermarket news from the week of Nov. 24-30.

KLM UK Engineering, BA CityFlyer Sign Base Maintenance Deal

KLM UK Engineering has entered into a base maintenance agreement with BA CityFlyer for its Embraer aircraft fleet. Under the long-term contract, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary will repair BA CityFlyer’s Embraer fleet from its Norwich MRO facility.

Ameco Sets Up Line Station at Beijing Daxing

Ameco has commenced line maintenance operations at Beijing Daxing Airport. As part of its EASA and CAAC authorized licence, the MRO can service for Airbus A330, A350 and Boeing 787-8/9 aircraft at Beijing’s second airport.

Fiji Signs Up for AFI KLM E&M Parts Maintenance

AFI KLM E&M has signed up Fiji Airways into its customer base for A350 component maintenance solutions. The Fijian airline has opted for a long-term partnership, and will have access to services in component repair, logistics and access to spare parts.

LHT to Collaborate With ANA on B777-9 MRO

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with All Nippon Airways (ANA) for technical collaboration on the Boeing 777-9. LHT is preparing its MRO readiness for the aircraft type, planned in the beginning of 2021, while ANA is one of the launch customers for the 777-9. LHT and ANA plan to share insights and best practices in engineering services, collaborate in aircraft production inspection, and cooperate on material planning and sharing, line maintenance services and AOG support. They also plan to develop digital maintenance predictors on LHT’s Aviatar platform.

Avionics Market to Exceed $94 Billion By 2025

Global Market Insights projects that the aerospace avionics market will exceed $94 billion by 2025. The consultancy attributes this growth to increasing passenger traffic, new aircraft deliveries and increasing per capita income in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

ALG, GMF to Service Garuda Aircraft

ALG, specialists in aviation talent, has agreed with GMF AeroAsia to support the Indonesian MRO with the servicing of Garuda Indonesia aircraft in Melbourne, Australia. ALG will provide qualified licensed aircraft engineers, aircraft maintenance engineers and a dual-branded vehicle to ensure efficient turnaround of Garuda Indonesia’s flights arriving from Bali and Jakarta. The initial agreement is for support in Melbourne and it is expected that the cooperation will also extend to Sydney and Perth airports in 2020.

Egyptair, GE Pen CFM56 MoU

Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering and GE Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding for consulting support of CFM56-7B MRO. GE Aviation will provide guidance to help improve the efficiency of Egyptair's CFM56-7B overhaul processes.

LHT Gets First CFM LEAP-1A Engine Services Customer

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has signed a long-term exclusive engine maintenance services contract with Swedish charter carrier Nova Airlines AB (Novair). The contract covers engineering, overhaul, testing, mobile engine services, engine part repair and warranty handling for CFM LEAP-1A engines on Novair’s two Airbus A321neos. Novair is the launch airline customer for LHT’s technical services on the engine type, which it recently received approval for by the German federal aviation administration, Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA).

Etihad Engineering and Satair Sign Supply Agreement

Etihad Engineering has signed a supply agreement with Satair covering supply chain solutions to ensure worldwide availability for selected aircraft parts. According to Satair, the agreement will help it further expand its footprint in the Middle East region and directly help its customers on site to keep spares availability at a maximum.

WAI Announces the Pat Luebke Memorial Scholarship

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has announced a memorial scholarship in honor of Pat Luebke, a WAI writer and member who was a creative force behind events such as Girls in Aviation Day and the annual WomenVenture group photo at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Luebke passed away on Nov. 22 after a brief illness. To donate to the scholarship fund, which will be used to fund WAI members’ personal development in aviation, visit the site here.

Rolls-Royce Secures Defense Engine Support Contract

Rolls-Royce has secured a five-year contract to maintain AE 1107C engines on Bell Boeing V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. Under the contract, valued at $1.2 billion, Rolls-Royce will be responsible for all aspects of the propulsion system support on a Power by the Hour basis.

MTU Maintenance Signs Its Largest CFM56-7B Contract to Date

MTU Maintenance has signed an exclusive 10-year contract to provide MRO for Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s more than 100 CFM56-7B engines. MTU Maintenance says the contract, which also includes lease engines and LLP management, is its largest CFM56-7B contract to date.

Nomad Technics Receives DCA Approval

Nomad Technics AG has received maintenance approval from the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba (DCA). The Swiss MRO can now carry out maintenance inspection, non-routine repair work and AOG support on Aruba registered Bombardier Global Express XRS, Global 5000, Global 6000 and Challenger 600 series aircraft.

C&L Signs Supplier Agreement with Thai Aviation Industries

C&L Aerospace has signed an exclusive supplier agreement with Thai Aviation Industries, which it says will help it better support the Royal Thai Air Force’s fleet of Saab aircraft. According to C&L, the two-year agreement will enable fluid communication and inventory movement between the two companies.

Embraer Expands Service Capacity in Florida

Embraer Services & Support has expanded its Executive Jets Service Center at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL). A lease agreement with Jetscape Services has provided the company a dedicated hangar at the site, which it says will help it better serve its customers while creating 40 new high-tech jobs for the community.

Frontier and Trans States Airlines Join Forces on AMT Hiring Program

Frontier Airlines and Trans States Airlines have launched a new program that guarantees aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) at the latter a position at Frontier after as little as three years of services with Trans States. According to Trans States, the program will provide an incentive for AMTs to join their team by providing a clear, defined career path for future workforce pipeline.

Solenta Aviation Deploys Envision Software

Solenta Aviation has gone live with Envision, Rusada’s maintenance management software. Solenta will deploy seven of Envision’s modules across 20 of its network sites 20 in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Central America and Europe.

Southwest Donates Tow Tractor to Embry-Riddle Maintenance Program

Southwest Airlines has donated an aircraft/cargo tow tractor capable of pulling 40,000 lbs. to the Aviation Maintenance Science department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus. The MA-50 TUG tow tractor will give students hands-on experience operating a piece of equipment that was previously unavailable on campus.

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