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June 2015

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has delivered the third Boeing 737-400SF 11 pallet position freighter to Sideral Air Cargo of Brazil. The aircraft, built in 1995 (MSN 25377), is a high gross weight version and was converted and painted at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility. Sideral has another 737-400SF on order with AEI, which is due to be delivered in 2016.

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has reached a milestone event on the conformity Bombardier CRJ200 SF conversion with the cutting of the door. This event signifies the mid-point in the overall modification process and is in line with planned certification for late 2015. As announced in December, IFL Group of Waterford, MI, is the launch customer for the CRJ200 SF. New orders continue to remain strong, as AEI has signed eight additional CRJ200 SF conversions for a total backlog of 34 aircraft. The conformity CRJ200 SF aircraft is being converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility.

 

The AEI CRJ200 SF offers two separate Cargo Loading System options: eight 61.5in x 88in or eight 62in x 88in ULD positions. This is achievable due to AEI’s large 94in x 77in main deck cargo door. Depending on the model and aircraft weight limits, the CRJ200 SF will have a main deck payload of up to 14,840lb (6,731kg). The aircraft also incorporates up to two supernumerary seats and houses a 9g rigid cargo/smoke barrier with a sliding door.

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Aerostar of Romania has recently carried out Boeing 737 NG heavy maintenance checks for TUIfly Germany. Currently, TUI Airlines Belgium, trading as Jetairfly and TUIfly Nordic – both part of the TUI Group – is also a customer. UTair Aviation of Russia has also sent four of its 30-strong fleet of Boeing 737-500 Classic airliners to Aerostar for C checks, which commenced in March. The company has also carried out a total of 14 installations of Split Scimitar Winglets on Boeing 737NG aircraft since completing the first installation 10 months ago.

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Discovery Air Technical Services (DATS) has been awarded a three-year extension of its heavy maintenance contract by Shuttle America for Embraer ERJ 145 and EMBRAER 170 aircraft.

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Fokker Services recently delivered a VIP cabin interior completion on an Airbus A319. The green aircraft VIP interior completion was delivered to its owner on schedule and within the agreed budget. The ultra-lightweight VIP interior accommodates 19 passengers and features a crew area, fully customised galleys matching the interior design, lounge, mid cabin installed VIP lavatory, guest area, private office transferrable into a master bedroom, and a customised master bathroom with shower. It is equipped with wifi, a cabin management and IFE system, and satcoms.

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Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. The VVIP aircraft is to be delivered to the Basel Completions Centre later this year for a two-year completions cycle, with final delivery of the aircraft expected for 2018. The VVIP interior, designed by Andrew Winch Design, features a master bedroom, bathroom and office suite, a large open-plan dining and living area, as well as room for guests. The interior will also feature communications, sophisticated lighting, heating and sound-proofing. The company has also signed an agreement with Riyadh-based Alpha Star Aviation Services to complete an Airbus ACJ A319 and an ACJ A330. The aircraft will be delivered to the Basel Completions Center in 4Q15. Both aircraft interiors are designed by the Basel Design Studio and will receive EASA STC approval upon completion.

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Joramco will carry out A and C checks as well as some AD and SB work on three Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Safi Airways, based in Dubai but flying from Afghanistan.

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KLM UK Engineering has been awarded an exclusive multi-year contract by CityJet of Dublin to perform heavy maintenance checks on 17 Avro RJ85 aircraft.

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Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has renewed its partnership with Philippine Airlines (PAL) for base and heavy maintenance checks on Airbus aircraft. Following the successful conclusion of their maintenance contracts in 2013 and 2014, LTD and PAL have extended the agreement for another two years. Beginning in 1Q15, the agreement will cover 58 maintenance events comprising heavy checks for PAL’s Airbus A320, A321, A330, and A340 aircraft.

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Precision Aircraft Solutions has begun a Boeing 757 passenger-to-freighter conversion for DHL. The worldwide logistics provider is in the process of replacing a portion of its European fleet. Work is underway at Flightstar Aircraft Services in Jacksonville, FL.

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