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AAR has entered into a long-term contract with Air New Zealand to provide nose-to-tail, cost-per-flight-hour rotable inventory support covering 740 parts for the airline’s 15 Boeing 777 aircraft. Under reciprocal terms of the agreement, Air New Zealand will become AAR’s exclusive component repair provider for selected parts in the Asia-Pacific region and preferred supplier for selected parts worldwide.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (ST02606LA) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion for the Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft. The CRJ200 SF freighter conversion has been redelivered to IFL Group of Waterford, MI. AEI’s authorised Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, located in Miami, FL, performed all touch labour required for the modification of the CRJ200 SF conformity aircraft. Subsequently, the aircraft was flown to Commercial Jet’sDothan, AL, facility for painting in the IFL Group livery. AEI currently has over 45 firm orders and commitments for the CRJ200 SF freighter conversion and has stated that interest in the platform remains high.


AFI KLM E&M and Air Austral of Réunion have signed a total care agreement for the carrier’s Boeing 777s. The services covered by the contract include airframe/engineering maintenance, plus engine, APU and component services, together with additional support services for phase out/phase in operations. Component services support will be carried out under the joint AFI KLM E&M and Boeing 777 CSP.


AFI KLM E&M and Ethiopian Airlines have signed a long-term component services contract covering a fleet of 28 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The contract comes under the Component Services Program (CSP) operated jointly by AFI KLM E&M and Boeing for 737 component support, including part repairs and access to the 737 spares pool.


AMAC Aerospace has been busy with overhauls of VIP aircraft at its facility in Basel, Switzerland. An Airbus A318, Airbus A319 and a Boeing BBJ aircraft underwent heavy base maintenance checks and had been delivered on time and budget by early November. An Asian customer has brought in an Airbus A319 aircraft for a heavy C check in conjunction with a partial cabin removal and a landing gear overhaul. A privately owned Airbus A340 from a new customer was scheduled to arrive at the end of November for an A check package and a second A340 contract has been signed for a head of state aircraft that will undergo a C check along with a Ka-band satcom installation. AMAC will also install a Ka-band system on a BBJ aircraft. The STCs for these installations have been developed by AMAC Aerospace.


Ameco has signed a 10-year contract with SF Airlines for the repair and overhaul of 40 Rolls-Royce RB211 engines powering its Boeing 757 fleet.

GE Aviation has signed an agreement with Xiamen Airlines to provide GEnx-1B engines to power its additional six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Xiamen Airlines also expanded a TrueChoice Material agreement for the new GEnx-1B fleet for the new and used material and advance repairs needed for engine MRO services. The engine order and TrueChoice Material agreement are valued at more than $630 million at list price and over the life of the contract.


Esterline Avionics Systems says it continues to support DAC International, an approved worldwide distributor for Esterline’s CMA-6800 LCD Display, to develop a Part 25 FAA STC to allow for CMA-6800 LCD Display upgrades on a variety of aircraft. DAC International recently received EASA, Mexican DGAC (Direccion General de Aeronautica) and Brazil National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) approvals for the Part 25 AML Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display. The AML includes the Hawker 800/800XP/1000, Bombardier Challenger 601-3A/3R, Bombardier Dash 8 Series 100/200/300 and CL-415, Cessna Citation 650, Dassault Falcon 900, Fokker 50 and the Gulfstream III. DAC International partnered with Peregrine to complete the engineering, test and certification activity required for this AML STC, initially obtained with the FAA.


Fokker Services has received the first order for its new ADS-B Out modification from Air Iceland for two Bombardier Q200 and three Q400 aircraft. The new version of ADS-B Out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) is mandated on all aircraft flying in both Europe and the US by 2020. It broadcasts relevant data from the aircraft to air traffic management organisations, including aircraft identity, GPS location and direction of flight with improved data accuracy and reliability over the current system. Fokker Services supplies a fully certified STC, all updates of relevant aircraft documentation, a complete modification kit to install on the aircraft and installation support.


GAMECO has signed a contract for base maintenance, engineering services, material support and component repair on Airbus A300-600F aircraft of Uni-Top Airlines of China.


Honeywell Aerospace has signed a licensing agreement with Air New Zealand allowing the airline to overhaul and repair auxiliary power units (APUs) at its Christchurch engineering and maintenance base. The eight-year deal will see Air New Zealand as the only certified Honeywell maintenance shop for the APU 131-9A model in Oceania and will see the airline maintain and repair APUs for Air New Zealand and third-party customers based around the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement will also create 45 new jobs in Christchurch, the majority of which are high skilled engineering jobs.


Air New Zealand has also selected the Honeywell APU 131-9A for its new fleet of A320neo aircraft. The airline announced in June 2014 that it was investing in new A320neo aircraft to refresh its international A320 narrowbody fleet. The first aircraft is due for delivery in late 2017. The airline will also retrofit its existing A320 short haul fleet of 13 aircraft with Honeywell APUs.

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