AAR, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and ST Aerospace have been named the world’s top aircraft maintenance providers at this year’s ATE&M Awards.
The MRO firms were among nine award winners recognised at a black tie event at the Royal Garden Hotel in London last night (May 27).
Each of the winners were shortlisted by ATE&M readers before being vetted by a panel of expert judges, which included: Dave Marcontell, vice-president of CAVOK; Bill Collins, VP base maintenance at American Airlines; and Raymond Tan, head of engineering at Tiger Airways.
Airbus went home with two awards after being named Best OEM for Aftermarket Support, an award sponsored by GAMECO, and scooping this year’s Editor’s Award for Technology and Innovation in recognition of the successful entry into service of its all-new widebody the A350.
The final award of the night was for Lifetime Achievement, sponsored by AJW Aviation, which was presented to August Wilhelm Henningsen who retired as chairman of Lufthansa Technik (LHT) in March after 14 years at its helm. Henningsen’s career with Lufthansa spanned more than 35 years.
He joined the carrier in 1979 as a systems engineer and went on to serve as head of the airline’s aircraft cabins and systems department; lead the aircraft components services division for LHT when it was formed and work as general manager of Ameco Beijing.
The judges were unanimous in their decision to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Henningsen in recognition of the achievements throughout his lengthy career.
Ever gracious Henningsen dedicated his award to all of Lufthansa Technik's staff saying the award recognised the achievements of everyone at the MRO.
MRO Network would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the awards and particularly out panel of judges: Mike Arata, managing director engineering at United Airlines; Richard Brown, principal at ICF International; Bill Collins, VP base maintenance at American Airlines; Adrian Ionascu, third-party contracts director at Blue Air; Gerry Kenneally, chief technical officer at BOC Aviation; Dave Marcontell, vice-president of CAVOK; Tohru Saito, general manager, engine maintenance centre at JAL Engineering; Phil Seymour, president and COO at IBA; Frank Stevens, director of engineering at Republic Airways Holding; Raymond Tan, head of engineering at Tiger Airways; and CS Tomar, VP engineering and maintenance at Jet Airways.
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