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AAR has signed an agreement with Indian low cost carrier IndiGo to provide support for landing gear overhaul services. The contract includes up to 49 full ship sets of Airbus A320 landing gear, as well as assemblies and subassemblies, for the next five years. IndiGo currently operates 129 aircraft.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract with Luxembourg-based Vallair to provide three 11-pallet position Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversions. The first aircraft (MSN 26299) will start modification in March, and the remaining two conversions will follow in June and September this year. All three aircraft will be modified at Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility.


AFI KLM E&M has signed a long-term component support contract with Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines for its Airbus A320 fleet. The contract covers a fleet of over 40 aircraft and encompasses repairs and local pool access to maximise availability, for both its A320ceos and its future A320neos. Cebu currently has a fleet of 59 aircraft, comprised of four Airbus A319s, 36 Airbus A320ceos, seven Airbus A330s, eight ATR 72-500s, and four ATR 72-600s. Between 2017 and 2021, it expects delivery of 45 new aircraft as part of its fleet renewal programme. Comprised of 12 ATR 72-600 aircraft, one brand-new Airbus A330, and 32 Airbus A321neo, the new aircraft will bring the fleet to 85 by 2021.


AFI KLM E&M has signed a long-term component support agreement with Jetstar Pacific of Vietnam for its fleet of 14 Airbus A320s, a number that is slated to grow to 30 by 2021. The contract covers component support and repairs plus access to a local spares pool located at Ho Chi Minh City. 


AFI KLM E&M has won a long-term contract covering component support for Cambodia Angkor Air’s fleet of A320s. The fleet currently comprises three aircraft, rising to 10 in the coming years. The agreement includes full component support services, repairs and maintenance, pool access, and the provision of a main base kit with local services.


Associated Air Center (AAC) has redelivered the company’s 21st  Airbus completion project, an ACJ 320 aircraft to a Middle Eastern Head of State customer from its Dallas Love Field facilities. This also represents the company’s 22nd total completion – including both Boeing and Airbus widebody and narrowbody aircraft programmes – for Head of State customers.


The ACJ320 programme began as a green aircraft. The VVIP interior was designed by Andrew Winch and featured a master suite, office, dining lounge, entertainment lounge and specialty seating for guests. AAC technicians then engineered and manufactured the interior furnishings with newly developed construction methods to achieve the customer’s aggressive weight requirements, coming in 10% under the customer’s specifications to provide greater range and reduced operating costs.


In addition to the interior, AAC also achieved the installation and certification of a Ka-band satcom installation with FAA STC and EASA validation.


Avtrade has signed a Component Support Solutions contract with a recently launched low cost airline based in the Middle East. Avtrade will provide the airline’s entire A320 fleet with component support, pool access, core repair management and a main base kit positioned on site for AOG and critical requirements.


BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has secured a two-year extension to its long-standing JetSpares contract with Braathens Regional Airlines in support of the airline’s fleet of 12 Avro RJ regional jetliners. The Swedish-based airline is the longest-standing JetSpares customer of BAE Systems, having first entered the programme in April 1996. At that time, the programme covered nearly 600 parts across 10 aircraft. Since then the JetSpares agreement has been renewed on many occasions and the new agreement now covers 621 parts over the 12 aircraft fleet, which consists of 10 Avro RJ100s and two RJ85s. JetSpares is a customised rotable spares support rate-per-flying-hour support agreement designed to allow an airline to focus on its flight operations while BAE Systems Regional Aircraft takes care of spares inventory, logistics and repairs. 


Direct Maintenance has received approval to open a third-party line maintenance station at Dublin Airport.


EPCOR, an AFI KLM E&M subsidiary, has won a contract with Jetstar Pacific of Vietnam covering four overhauls of APS3200 APUs.

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