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ST Aerospace secured new contracts worth about S$650 million in 2Q17 for services ranging from heavy airframe and engine maintenance, component repair and overhaul, to freighter conversion.


The heavy airframe maintenance contracts include a long-term agreement, announced in June, that ST Aerospace’s US affiliate company, VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA), secured from Air Canada to service the airline’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. With the first Air Canada 787 successfully redelivered after it underwent C1 checks at VT SAA’s facility in San Antonio, TX, in May, ST Aerospace became the first MRO service provider in the Americas to perform heavy maintenance on the 787.


Among the other heavy maintenance contracts clinched during the quarter were agreements to service CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines for a European and Middle Eastern airline respectively, as well as agreements to service 747 and 767 aircraft for American airlines. Other long-term contracts won during the quarter included an agreement for a labour Charge-Per-Aircraft-Landing programme to service the wheels and brakes of a low cost carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet.


ST Aerospace gained momentum in its A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion programme during the quarter when its joint venture with Airbus and Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), secured an additional four firm and 10 optional A330-300P2F conversions from DHL Express. This agreement, also announced in June, follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that were also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden, Germany-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017.


The aerospace sector redelivered a total of 862 aircraft for airframe maintenance and modification work in 2Q17. Additionally, a total of 11,035 components, 48 landing gears and 33 engines were processed, while 2,613 engine washes were conducted.


ST Aerospace continued to build its capacity during the quarter. EFW added a new single-bay wide-body hangar in Dresden that allows it to take on an expanding A330-300 P2F conversion programme for DHL Express. Over in the US, ST Aerospace’s VIP Completion Brand, AERIA Luxury Interiors, completed an expansion of its facilities with a new cabinet and upholstery shop as well as a new design showroom that showcases its wide array of solutions in VIP completion.

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StandardAero Aviation Holdings and Airbus have entered into exclusive negotiations with respect to an acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace MRO company, providing support for turbine engines, components, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The proposed transaction is subject to workers’ council consultation, signing of definitive agreements and customary approvals, such as regulatory clearances.

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