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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.

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AFI KLM E&M will provide Thai Airways with component support for its future fleet of Airbus A350s, with 12 aircraft joining the fleet from this summer, including access to its global pool of A350 components, maintenance, logistics, and a comprehensive material support at Thai Airways main base in Bangkok.

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AJW Aviation has renewed power-by-the-hour contracts with Air Blue of Pakistan and AirPeace of Nigeria. Air Blue first signed an agreement with AJW in 2005, becoming one of the organisation’s longest standing PBH customers. It has now extended its PBH contract for a further five years in support of their fleet of three Airbus A320s and four A321 aircraft.

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Avtrade has signed a new component repair management contract with a leading cargo airline based at Istanbul Atatürk International. The contract covers a growing fleet of Airbus A300s.

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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.

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Boeing has announced that Norwegian has committed to GoldCare coverage for its 737 MAX fleet and expanded coverage for the airline’s entire 787 Dreamliner fleet. The new agreements represent the largest commercial services order in Boeing history. Norwegian will launch Boeing’s 737 MAX GoldCare offering when its first aircraft is delivered in May 2017. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide coverage through 2034. Norwegian has 108 737 MAXs on firm order, with commitments for 92 more aircraft. In addition, the airline will continue adding 787-9s to its existing 787 GoldCare agreement. Boeing has provided GoldCare Services for Norwegian’s 787 fleet since 2012.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has selected the Smart Parts Program to provide component support for its fleet of 20 all-new C Series aircraft. The five-year agreement positions airBaltic as the second customer for the C Series aircraft Smart Parts Program and will provide the airline with comprehensive component MRO services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s main hub in Riga, Latvia. It is the launch operator for the CS300 aircraft, and the airline’s first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in the fourth quarter of 2016. Twenty CS 300 aircraft have been ordered by airBaltic.

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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.

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CFM and Air Europe have signed a 12-year RPFH service agreement as part of a deal for LEAP-1B engines to power 20 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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CFM has selected signed a long-term RPFH agreement with Asiana Airlines as part of a deal for LEAP-1A engines to power 25 A321neo aircraft. The value of the order is $950 million at list price, including spare engines and a long-term support agreement. The aircraft order was announced in 2015.

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