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August 2016

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Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has announced the fourth order for a McDonnell Douglas MD-82SF freighter conversion from Aeronaves TSM. The aircraft (MSN 49990) will commence modification at the end of August and will be re-delivered to TSM in early 2017 to fly for the DHL network in Mexico. Commercial Jet’s Miami, FL, facility will perform the modification and maintenance requirements on the aircraft. TSM is the largest overall operator of AEI’s MD-80SF series freighters.


Boeing has announced 10 new orders and commitments for its Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) programme. Cargo Air, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Lineas Aereas Suramericanas Cargo, based in Bogota, Colombia, will each receive two 737-800BCFs. Air Algerie, based in Algiers, Algeria, signed a commitment for two 737-800BCFs. An unidentified customer ordered four 767BCFs.


Boeing has won 22 firm orders for the 767BCF and up to 59 orders and commitments from customers around the globe for the 737-800BCF. Both models meet the demand for freighters to support the express cargo market.


Boeing launched the 737-800BCF program in February in response to this demand. Airplanes will be modified into freighters at select facilities located near conversion demand, including Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services. The first 737-800BCF is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017.


Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that Bombardier Services Corporation has extended Heavy Maintenance Agreements with SkyWest carriers SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines for a further 10 years. The agreements cover the airlines’ fleets of CRJ Series regional jets. The two airlines operate a total of 433 CRJ Series aircraft, including 234 CRJ200, 135 CRJ700 and 64 CRJ900 regional jets for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. The maintenance can be performed at any of Bombardier’s maintenance facilities in the U.S.A. including the Tucson Air Center, West Virginia Air Center and Macon Air Center.


IPR Conversions redelivered its second ATR 72-212F Structural Tube conversion to ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft (MSN 387) was converted by IPR’s partner, ASI-Maintenance, at Toulouse-Francazal, France. ASL is considering an additional ATR 72 for a Large Cargo Door and Structural Tube conversion in September 2016.


Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has been selected by luxury air charter operator Acropolis Aviation as its prime maintenance contractor. The move follows a major six-year check on one of Acropolis Aviation’s Airbus ACJ319s. Marshall engineers conducted significant airframe inspections and removed the entire interior for inspection and overhaul. A specialist engineering team inspected the aircraft’s extended range fuel tanks in the rear cargo hold. Marshall subsidiary Aeropeople has provided ACJ line maintenance for Acropolis since 2010.


PEMCO World Air Services has secured an agreement with Guangdong Long Hao Aviation Group for a Boeing 737-300 passenger-to-freighter conversion. The agreement marks the first PEMCO-converted aircraft for the Longhao Aviation Group, with options for additional conversions to assist the company’s aviation business. The conversion will be performed by STAECO in Jinan Shandong, China, one of PEMCO’s three conversion partners throughout the world. The aircraft will be inducted in July and is scheduled for redelivery in October. Since 2006, PEMCO has redelivered over 50 Boeing 737-300 and -400 freighter modification projects to Chinese operators.


Sabena technics has received a MRO services Top Performer award by Airbus for its outstanding performance in delivering MRO and modification services. It successfully carried out a 15-month retrofit campaign at its Bordeaux facility to modify 16 passenger doors per aircraft on a fleet of 26 Airbus A380s, completing the programme more than five weeks ahead of schedule.


Volga-Dnepr Gulf has again received the Air Atlanta-Icelandic Boeing 747-400 that it customised as Ed Force One for Iron Maiden’s world tour, ‘The Book of Souls’ (see MRO News Focus, April 2016). The aircraft returned to Sharjah for a C check and repainting to a new livery as required by Air Atlanta Icelandic.

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