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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.


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.


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.


Associated Air Center (AAC), through its in-house Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) delegation, has obtained an FAA STC for the installation of a Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) system – as part of the requirements for the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) – on a Boeing Business Jet. It was installed and certified during a regularly scheduled aircraft maintenance event at AAC’s FAR-145 FAA Repair Station at Dallas Love Field, TX. The project workscope included: a new FANS compliant FMS; a new FANS compliant ACARS; an upgrade to the existing Inmarsat satcom system; a new FANS compliant CVR, equipped with a back-up battery; a new VHF antenna; a new GPS antenna; and a new Inmarsat satcom antenna. In June and July 2015, AAC obtained similar STCs for the certification of CPDLC/FANS compliant systems for Boeing 757-200 and 737 Classic aircraft.


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.


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.


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.


GMF AeroAsia and Qantas Airways have signed an agreement on technical handling up to the release of Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Denpasar, Indonesia. It will also provide XiamenAir with 737-800 technical handling assistance services aircraft in Cengkareng, Indonesia. The company is exploring technical handling cooperation with Turkish Airlines at both Cengkareng and Denpasar.


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


GMF Engine Maintenance has overhauled two GTCP131-9A APUs for Indonesian low-cost carrier Citilink. The company has carried out development capability and product quality improvement through improved supply chain management, as well as test cell and logistic improvements. It will also add a spare GTCP131-9A as a back-up for customers.

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