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AAR and Air Canada have signed a 10-year agreement to provide airframe maintenance for the airline’s Airbus narrowbody fleet of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, as well as a new five-year agreement for Air Canada’s Embraer E-190 fleet. AAR will perform the work at its MRO facility at Trois-Rivières Airport in Quebec, previously known as Premier Aviation. The work to be performed on Air Canada’s fleet of 125 narrowbody aircraft will require approximately 350 aircraft mechanics at the facility. The total value of the contract over its term is estimated to be approximately C$500 million (£300 million).


This was closely followed by a five-year agreement to provide airframe maintenance for the airline’s fleet of 34 Boeing 767 at AAR’s Miami MRO facility. The contract will commence later this year and ramp up over three months.


EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specialising in the maintenance and repair of APUs and pneumatic systems, and Transavia have announced that they are renewing their existing support agreement regarding the Boeing 737.


GE Aviation and SA Airlink have signed a 10-year, TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the CF34-8E and CF34-10E engines powering three Embraer E170 and 10 Embraer E190 aircraft.


HAECO Hong Kong has been selected by Finnair to perform the airline’s first C check on its Airbus A350 fleet. The maintenance check will commence in 4Q17.


Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg and Flybe have entered into an agreement covering the overhaul of the main and nose landing gear systems of the airline’s fleet of 20 Embraer E175 and E195 aircraft.


Lufthansa Technik has signed a Total Component Support (TCS) contract with the Italian airline NEOS to support its new Boeing 787 fleet. The first of three Boeing 787-9s is scheduled to be delivered to NEOS in mid-December 2017. The new agreement is an extension of the existing component support cooperation, which began as early as 2002, and covers component repair and overhaul, pooling and home base lease services to support NEOS’ daily operations. The component supply will be realised via Lufthansa Technik facilities in Frankfurt and Hamburg. In addition, Lufthansa Technik will provide independent quality assurance as part of an Aircraft Production Inspection Program for the aircraft at Boeing.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has gained approval to add the Airbus A320neo to line maintenance support at its Malaga line station.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited has signed a base maintenance agreement with Virgin Atlantic to carry out C1 checks for its Boeing 787-9 fleet between 2017 and 2021. All the maintenance work will be carried out at its facility at Birmingham Airport and is due to commence at the end of September 2017.


Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a Fleet Management Program (FMP) agreement with Avianca to maintain its fleet of PW127N engines powering ATR72-600 aircraft. P&WC’s FMP plan is a long-term, all-inclusive, pay-per-hour engine maintenance plan that will include the rollout of P&WC’s FAST solution for advanced prognostics to Avianca’s PW127N fleet. The combination of P&WC’s FMP plan and FAST technology create a comprehensive solution for data-driven predictive and preventive engine and aircraft health management.


Tailored specifically to Avianca’s fleet needs, P&WC’s FMP plan is a flexible, high value engine management solution that helps support lower operating costs and simplifies fleet operations management. It also serves as a financial planning tool to support more efficient cash flow management, while allowing airlines to focus on their core business of passenger and cargo transportation. Under this programme, a P&WC-appointed team of experts, in conjunction with Avianca, will manage PW127 fleet maintenance to help deliver better returns on the customer’s investment, customer satisfaction, peace of mind and outstanding engine reliability.


On the advanced prognostics side, P&WC’s turnkey FAST solution will provide situational awareness about engine health, usage and trends by capturing, analysing and sending full-flight data intelligence wirelessly minutes after the pilot shuts down the engines. FAST technology goes beyond traditional prognostics to give customers a turnkey solution for a fully connected, data-driven engine for proactive and predictive enginehealth management. For Avianca’s fleet of ATR aircraft, the FAST solution will also help optimise engine performance by tracking the usage of‘boost’ and‘super boost’ modes, which the pilot can engage when additional power is required during takeoff. More than 1,200 FAST solutions have been delivered across numerous platforms, including 20 regional airlines.


Under the FMP plan, Avianca will have full coverage for scheduled events, basic unscheduled engine repairs, low-cycle fatigue replacement, engine condition trend monitoring and engine freight, along with guaranteed turnaround time, customised support and more.


The FMP agreement is with the three airlines supported by Avianca Holdings: Aerovias del Continente Americano; Aviateca; and Isleña de Inversiones (Isleña). Avianca Holdings is the first customer for the PW127N.


Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed an agreement with Air New Zealand to deliver an engine service and support programme covering more than 50 PW123M-powered Bombardier Q300 aircraft in the airline’s Air Nelson fleet and PW127M-powered ATR72-500/600 aircraft in the airline’s Mount Cook fleet. The agreement also includes installation of P&WC’s FAST solution for advanced prognostics and engine health management on aircraft. P&WC has introduced a new enhancement to FAST that automates propeller vibration trend monitoring. The new capabilities put propeller balancing maintenance in ‘on-condition’ mode for a predictive and optimised environment designed to reduce operating costs and pilot and mechanic workload.

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