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February 2016

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Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has signed a contract with an aviation fund for an 11 pallet position Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversion. The aircraft, built in 1992 (MSN 26071) is a high gross weight aircraft and is being converted by Commercial Jet in Miami, Florida. The conversion started in January and the aircraft will be redelivered this April.

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Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) redelivered a total of 19 passenger-to-freighter conversions during the 2015 calendar year. The conversions were delivered to 11 customers, with all but two of the conversions being the 11 pallet position Boeing 737-400SF. AEI currently has 26 confirmed conversion slots for 2016 and is actively working to fill the remaining 10 slots for the year. Additionally, AEI expects to certify and redeliver the Bombardier CRJ200 SF conversion in the first half of 2016, followed by the 12 pallet 737-800SF conversion in 2017.

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Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has delivered a refurbished Airbus ACJ319 for an undisclosed government after a successful C check (10 years) and heavy work on the fuselage. The project presented a double challenge as it required both high-level communication and IFE systems, as well as a new cabin configuration – all in a record time.

 

The communication and IFE systems of the Airbus ACJ319 have been entirely updated to meet customer needs. ACJC has installed a dual-broadband internet system, using an Inmarsat connection, to provide all 19 passengers with a 1.2 mbps speed and quality access. This connectivity is strengthened by two new satcom antennas installed by ACJC during the refurbishment, including a modification of the aircraft’s external fuselage. The IFE upgrade includes new HD screens with an audio and video on demand system (AVOD), Blu-Ray players and the possibility to stream IFE sources on iPad via a wifi network.

 

ACJC teams designed a new cabin configuration with new furniture shapes. For this government interior, ergonomics and elegance were the main drivers to match customer mission needs. This involved removing a lounge area to create a nine-seat passenger zone for delegations. The cabin offers a crew-rest zone and passenger area at the front, followed by a dining area, an office with a sofa and club-two seats, and a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The carpet, some upholstery and leather were also changed to harmonise the interior, using beige and dark red shades.

 

The 12-month refurbishment project included a four-month one-stop-shop visit required by the customer.

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Atitech has signed a three-year contract for Airbus A321 maintenance with Hi Fly, the Portuguese longhaul/widebody wet leasing specialist. Atitech carried out two minor checks for the airline in 2015, while the first heavy check is planned for February 2016.

 

The company will also carry out C checks for McDonnell Douglas MD-83s of Dana Airlines, operating as Dana Air, based in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as for the Boeing 737-400 fleet of AlbaStar, based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The first AlbaStar aircraft arrived in January, with the second scheduled for March.

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Aviation Technical Services (ATS) and Volotea Airlines are working together on an aircraft integration programme for the introduction of several mid-life Airbus A319 aircraft into Volotea’s fleet. Volotea will focus on aircraft acquisition and operations, while ATS will provide turnkey technical fleet integration services. These services include overall programme management, detailed aircraft records review, engineering for cabin interior changes and re-branding, as well as EASA certification of the final new configuration.

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Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has announced the signing of a maintenance agreement with Thomas Cook Airlines UK for Boeing 767 fleet maintenance. The first aircraft was inducted for a C check in October last year, followed by another in November and one in 2016 at Boeing Shanghai’s facilities at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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GMF AeroAsia carried out a D01 check on a Malaysian Eagle Express Boeing 747-400 aircraft in just 35 days.

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HAECO Xiamen has carried out a landmark 120th passenger-to-freighter conversion for HAECO Group, delivering a Boeing 757-200PCF to Chinese freight carrier, SF Airlines.

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Joramco has announced a three-year extension of its MRO agreement with Gulf Air under which the company will provide Bahrain’s national carrier with heavy maintenance checks for its current fleet of 28 Airbus aircraft consisting of A330s, A320-ERs, A320s and A321s.

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has extended its agreement with France-based La Compagnie to include airframe heavy maintenance. Under this extended agreement, MAEL will perform a C check on the airline’s Boeing 757-200 ER at its maintenance facility at London Luton Airport. MAEL currently supports La Compagnie’s all Business Class transatlantic operation with a full suite of line maintenance services at Luton.

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