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December 2017

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AAR has signed a four-year agreement with Republic Airline to perform heavy maintenance checks on its fleet of 188 Embraer 170/175 aircraft. Work is set to begin in January and will be performed at AAR’s MRO facility in Indianapolis, IN, where Republic is headquartered.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract to provide Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM with three additional McDonnell Douglas MD-83SF freighter conversions. The first MD-83 aircraft (MSN 53293) will commence modification in December, followed by the second (MSN 53292) in February 2018 and then the third (MSN 49941) in late April 2018. All the AEI MD-83SF modifications will be performed by Commercial Jet’s Miami, FL facility. AEI delivered its seventh MD-83SF conversion for TSM in November.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract to provide two Bombardier CRJ200 SF freighter conversions to Pinnacle Partners. The first CRJ200 (MSN 7421) will commence modification in November with redelivery scheduled for March 2018. The second CRJ200 (MSN 7417) will commence modification in December, with redelivery scheduled for April 2018. Both freighter conversions will take place at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL facility. Pinnacle plans to acquire another two CRJ200 aircraft for cargo conversion in 2018.


Prior to the first two CRJ200 SF aircraft entering regular revenue service, the freighters will be utilised by Another Joy Foundation to transport humanitarian aid from the US to Puerto Rico, to help those in need affected by Hurricane Maria.


Ameco has recently completed an 8C Check on an Airbus A330 aircraft of Air China at its Chengdu facility.


Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg has received the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Boeing 747SP for a C check and structural checks at its VIP and Special Mission Aircraft Services division. The aircraft is a joint project of the US space agency NASA and the German Aerospace Center. The German SOFIA Institute at the University of Stuttgart coordinates the operation of SOFIA on the German side.


SOFIA was extensively modified for its scientific task, with special electronic systems being added as well as a four-by-six metre door in the fuselage for the telescope. The aircraft is subject to high loads during operation. The work on SOFIA’s additional pressure bulkhead, which was added when the aircraft was modified for use as an observatory, will be especially challenging, since various fixtures must be moved to access this bulkhead.


In 2014, SOFIA was scheduled for a D check, which was also completed at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. (see MRO Management, December 2014)


Sibir Technic (the Novosibirsk-based subsidiary of ENGINEERING Holding) has redelivered a Boeing 757 to its operator, Turkmenistan Airlines after completing heavy maintenance.


Skyservice Business Aviation has announced that Sky Regional Airlines has awarded the company a five-year contract to provide heavy maintenance for Sky Regional’s fleet of 25 Embraer 175 aircraft, including Corrosion Prevention Control Program inspections, B checks and other modifications. The work will be carried out at its 49,000m² facility in Toronto, involving an estimated 50,000 manhours per year. The award of this contract follows Sky Regional’s recent 10-year extension of its capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada.


Taby Air Maintenance has delivered a cargo-converted Saab 340B to Jetstream Aviation Capital. The aircraft will be placed on lease to IBC Airways for operations within its Caribbean cargo network. IBC is the largest North American operator of Saab 340 cargo aircraft with nine Saab 340A freighters currently in operation.

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