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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has delivered its 400th conversion. The 11-pallet position Boeing 737-400SF (msn 25105) was converted at Commercial Jet’s facility in Miami, FL, and, after a test flight, painted at the company’s Dothan, AL facility. The aircraft is owned by Vx Capital Partners and will be operated by Belgium-based TNT Airways.

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI), has delivered a third 11-pallet position Boeing 737-400SF to Switzerland-based FARNAIR Group, which will become the second aircraft for Thailand-based K-Mile Air. Built in 1998, the aircraft (msn 29000) was converted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility. This is the third conversion of a four aircraft agreement.

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AFI KLM E&M and Alpha Star Aviation Services of Saudi Arabia have signed an amendment to a component support contract signed in 2013 covering the company’s VIP Airbus fleet. An additional A320 was added this year, supplementing an A318, an A319, two A320s and an A340.

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AMAC Aerospace has recently signed completion contracts for a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and an Airbus A320-200 for undisclosed Middle East customers. The BBJ will undergo a cabin reconfiguration that will convert the major compartment of the cabin into a VIP Lounge with a separate club seating area. New side ledges will be manufactured and installed on each side, as well as electrical high-low tables. New coffee tables will also be installed in the rear section of the aircraft, while new breathable divans will provide additional sleeping positions to the aircraft cabin. AMAC Aerospace will provide the interior design package. The A320-200 is currently operated in an airliner configuration and will be converted into a VVIP aircraft with a master bedroom, master lavatory and shower. AVOD IFE and wireless streaming will be available to passengers with handheld portable devices. AMAC Aerospace will support the designer during the definition process of the cabin.

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Ameco Beijing and Air Astana have signed a five-year contract for Rolls-Royce RB211 engine repair and overhaul work.

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Associated Air Center (AAC) recently signed a contract for a new, green Airbus ACJ320 VVIP completion project. This project represents the company’s 18th A320 completion programme since becoming an Airbus Completion Center in 2003. The cabin layout for the aircraft will feature a nose-to-tail customised interior equipped with a forward galley complex, a master bedroom and lavatory and a large main lounge separated into three areas, plus a mid-cabin VIP lavatory, an aft staff area, passenger lavatory, and an aft custom galley. The aircraft will also be equipped with an IFE system featuring large bulkhead mounted LED screens, AVOD (audio visual on demand) and surround sound. Connectivity will feature Satcom Broadband and GSM. The project will begin immediately with interior design and development of the technical specifications. The aircraft is expected to arrive at AAC’s Dallas facility in August 2015.

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Boeing has announced Air Canada as the launch customer for new landing gear exchange programmes for 777-300ER and 777-200LR airframes. Under the agreement, Air Canada will receive fully overhauled and certified landing gear shipsets for its fleet of 17 777-300ERs and six 777-200LRs during scheduled maintenance cycles. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has signed a Boeing 737-400 Freighter Conversion Agreement with Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group. The aircraft arrived at Boeing Shanghai at the end of November for the passenger-to-freighter conversion, a C check and full painting. The modification will be performed under an STC held by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI). The aircraft is scheduled for redelivery in the first quarter of 2015.

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Delta TechOps has opened a line maintenance hangar at its Tokyo-Narita International Airport hub. The leased 13,000m² facility will provide support for Delta’s Boeing 747-400, 757, 767, 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft. Over 100 staff work at the operation.

 

Line maintenance has played a significant role in Delta’s Asia-Pacific operations for decades and the addition of this hangar facility will further reinforce Delta’s industry-leading operational reliability. To end November, Delta TechOps has achieved over 120 days without a maintenance cancellation, setting a record 79 days of a 100% completion factor for mainline operations.

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Fokker Services has been selected by Boeing to carry out a 737-800 Head of State completion for an undisclosed Asian customer. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Fokker Services Netherlands facility in October 2015 with a scheduled redelivery in August 2016.

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