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March 2016

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AERIA Luxury Interiors, the VIP completions subsidiary of ST Aerospace, redelivered its first green Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) for an undisclosed customer at the end of December 2015. The San Antonio based affiliate company accepted the green BBJ in late 2014 directly from Boeing.


The BBJ VIP interior features a dedicated forward crew lounge, finished galley, conference room, large resting lounge and master suite. 3D printed items are showcased in the interior as decorative pieces with elegant finishes, including the application of precious stone. Multiple HD monitors complement the modern digital entertainment system. The luxury cabin was also outfitted with a humidification and zonal drying system. A custom designed exterior paint scheme was included with the design package created by the in-house AERIA design team.


Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has signed a deal with ASL Aviation Group, based in Dublin, Ireland, to provide three 11 pallet position Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversions. All three aircraft (MSN 25177, MSN 24917 and MSN 26065) will be re-delivered to ASL in May, June and July of this year, respectively. The aircraft are being converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami, FL, facility. It has also signed with San Francisco based World Star Aviation to provide an 11 pallet position 737-400SF freighter conversion. The aircraft, built in 1990 (MSN 24796), is standard gross weight and is being modified at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility. The freighter will be re-delivered to World Star in June of 2016.


Finally, it has signed a contract with Luxembourg-based JMV Aviation to provide an 11 pallet position 737-400SF freighter conversion. The high gross weight aircraft (MSN 24959) is being modified at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, Alabama facility. The freighter will be re-delivered to JMV Aviation in June and will then be leased to the end customer, West Atlantic.


AFI KLM E&M and Air Caraïbes Atlantique have announced the signing of a long-term agreement covering total care support for the airline’s Airbus A330 and A350 fleets. The contract includes line maintenance, A-checks and C-checks, component support (repairs, pool access, Main Base Kit) and engineering support for the aircraft, their engines and components.


AFI KLM E&M and GMF AeroAsia have signed an MoU to extend and develop their present MRO partnership. Recently the companies also signed a CFM56-7B overhaul and repair contract, together with a contract for Boeing 747-400 C checks. The number of engines and aircraft covered by the two contracts can be extended. The MoU covers several areas of cooperation, including component support synergies for the Boeing and Airbus fleet, as well as the maintenance of GE90, CFM56-7 and other CFM56 engine series supported via the AFI KLM E&M global network. In the framework of this MoU, AFI KLM E&M is considering subcontracting maintenance services for 747 series to GMF, in addition to those already contracted. These concern specific aircraft maintenance programmes for several fleets, especially the 747-400. One C and one D check have been scheduled for 2016 involving KLM’s 747-400s.


Airbus has signed a Flight Hour Services – Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) contract with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to integrate and provide full component support, line and base airframe maintenance, as well as fleet technical management services for SIA’s 19 Airbus A380s. The 10-year contract provides full component support, line and base maintenance, as well as fleet technical management services in Singapore, in partnership with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC). The scope of this agreement guarantees aircraft availability and on-time performance, covering technical, logistics and maintenance. Furthermore, this Airbus FHS-TSP contract supersedes the existing FHS-Components support agreement signed in July 2007 for its A380s. To date, Singapore Airlines’ in-service A330s are also covered by the same FHS-TSP agreement with Airbus. Airbus FHS contracts have now been selected to cover more than 245 aircraft from operators of Airbus A320, A330, A380 and A350 aircraft.


Ameco Beijing has won a heavy maintenance contract from Condor Airlines for its four Boeing 767s. The first aircraft will be inducted for a C check in April 2016.


Associated Air Center (AAC) has redelivered the company’s (and the industry’s) first Boeing 787-8 Head of State aircraft completion. This project was AAC’s first Boeing 787-8 model aircraft completion and the company’s eighth widebody completion project. The Head of State configuration features 234m² space and can accommodate 82 VIP passengers separated in three cabin zones, while the office, bedroom and lavatory suite comprises the additional fourth – presidential – zone.


Every passenger seat is equipped with a portable electronic device outlet and an HD, in-arm 11in LCD touchscreen monitor. These supplement the seven 42in LCD bulkhead mounted monitors that are connected to a variety of IFE sources, including six global and local Blu-Ray players, audio video on-demand servers, passenger flight information systems (moving maps) and a landscape camera system.


The interior configuration features eight passenger lavatories, a forward cabin overhead flight crew rest accommodating two sleeping berths, an aft cabin overhead flight attendant rest accommodating six sleeping berths, and fourteen high comfort flight attendant seats.


In order to reduce the completion schedule, AAC designed, engineered and manufactured the bulkheads, monuments, furnishings and headliner grid system for the interior configuration prior to the green aircraft’s arrival. Upon the aircraft’s original input, the VVIP interior was ready for installation once the supporting structure, wiring, plumbing and sound insulation were installed. AAC’s in-house team designed the aircraft interior.

Working closely with Boeing on the 787-8, AAC was able to achieve an interior completion weight 20% lighter than initially projected, allowing the customer to carry additional fuel to fly longer, non-stop missions. Similarly, AAC was able to achieve unprecedented (44 Db SIL) cabin sound readings for a quiet environment in the presidential bedroom.


AAC will soon redeliver a Boeing 747-8 widebody aircraft and the company anticipates winning additional widebody and narrowbody completion programmes during 2016, with full capacity able to accommodate additional customers for both aircraft completions and MRO services


Associated Air Center (AAC) in Dallas, TX, recently redelivered its 13th Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 12-year inspection to a US-based customer. The aircraft had a complete cabin refurbishment during the inspection, with veneer replacements on cabin monuments giving the cabin a contemporary feel, while extending the current cabin life. In addition, the aircraft’s cabin management and inflight entertainment systems were also upgraded with Rockwell Collins’ Venue High Definition Entertainment system. The satcom system was changed to SwiftBroadband for high speed data and internet reception utilising a Satcom Direct internet router. Additional improvements included a new Alto audio sound system and B/E Aerospace LED lighting.


Bombardier Services Corporation and PSA Airlines have signed a heavy maintenance agreement that extends the current agreement between the parties by two years. Under this contract, all heavy maintenance tasks for the airline’s fleet of CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft will be performed at Bombardier’s West Virginia Air Center.


Coopesa has successfully performed the first C check on a LATAM Airbus A319. This is the first of a series of services that will be provided throughout the year.

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