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AAR has signed a three-year agreement to provide landing gear overhaul and exchange services for SkyWest of St George, UT, and its operating carriers, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet. The agreement, covering landing gear assemblies and sub-assemblies on its fleet of more than 400 Bombardier CRJ aircraft, includes the option to extend to five years.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed an LoI to provide a minimum of eight Bombardier CRJ200 freighter conversions to Avmax, which currently owns 65 CRJ200 aircraft. The LoI calls for the freighter conversions to commence in late 2017. The modification touch labour is currently planned to be accomplished at the Commercial Jet facility in Dothan, AL.


AFI KLM E&M and Beijing General Aviation Company (BGAC) create AFI KLM E&M-BGAC Line Maintenance, an aircraft maintenance joint venture which is benefiting from the new open policy of Chinese government to welcome and promote foreign initiatives to partner with Chinese companies. The joint venture is scheduled to begin operations on 1 April, with the brand name Beijing Line Maintenance International. It will provide line maintenance services for aircraft in the Air France KLM fleet at Beijing Capital International Airport before extending its service offering to customer airlines operating in China.


AFI KLM E&M has signed a contract covering full component support with Cayman Airways for a Boeing 737-800 that joined its fleet in December. The agreement comes under the AFI KLM E&M Boeing Component Services Program, which supported the aircraft with its previous operator. The programme, launched in 2005, guarantees customers total control over their activities, with technical experience, logistics and fast-track 24/7 access to inventory pools. Cayman Airways is a welcome addition to a diverse list of operators worldwide supported by AFI KLM E&M, which has a strong local technical presence in the Americas and Caribbean region with Barfield Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary based in Miami.


EPCOR, an AFI KLM E&M subsidiary, has extended its contract with Luxair for APU and pneumatic component maintenance for two 737-700s and four -800s. 


Etihad Airways Engineering has signed a three-year contract with Air Tahiti Nui for the heavy maintenance of its Airbus A340-300 fleet. Under the contract, Air Tahiti Nui will send nine Airbus A340 inputs for C checks to Abu Dhabi. The project has already been initiated and will run until the end of 2019.


Etihad Airways Engineering has signed an agreement with Kenya Airways to perform mandatory checks on its Boeing 787-8 fleet. This is part of an integration programme for the newest additions to the airline’s fleet. The first of six scheduled Boeing 787 C checks began in February, with the last planned for October 2017. The airline is also planning a number of product and reliability improvement modifications to systems and components during these heavy maintenance checks.


Martyn Haines, Kenya Airways Technical Director, says: “We will use this opportunity to upscale and retool some of our technical department, who will be onsite to provide oversight of all work being done. The agreement also opens up other collaborative opportunities including training programmes.”


FEAM Maintenance and Engineering has been confirmed as the first US-based line maintenance provider of Boeing’s GoldCare aftermarket services. As part of a multi-year deal, the strategic partnership will see Miami-headquartered FEAM provide full line maintenance support on new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft under its EASA Part-145 authorisation.


FEAM joins a number of global GoldCare specialists already providing the aftermarket support services, including UK providers Monarch Aircraft Engineering and British Airways Engineering and Singapore-based SIA Engineering Company.


FL Technics has opened a new line maintenance station at Batumi International Airport in Georgia to serve Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG aircraft. The first customer is Turkish Airlines


Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) will be opening new line stations at Edinburgh and Nice and expanding its existing line station at Malaga to support Boeing GoldCare customers. 


Working as a partner of the Boeing GoldCare programme, the UK-based MRO will begin operations from summer 2017, supporting the Boeing 737 MAX at Edinburgh and the Boeing 787 at Nice and Malaga.

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