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July 2017

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract to provide Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM (TSM) with two additional McDonnell Douglas MD-83SF freighter conversions. The first MD-83 aircraft (MSN 53288) will commence modification in the beginning of June and will be redelivered in September 2017. Commercial Jet’s Miami, FL, facility will perform the modification and maintenance requirements on the first aircraft. The second MD-83 (MSN 53289) will commence modification in late June and will be redelivered in October 2017. Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility will perform the modification and maintenance requirements on the second aircraft. TSM represents the largest overall operator of AEI’s MD-80SF series converted freighters. Including this order, TSM will operate a total of seven aircraft.


Boeing will convert three 767 passenger aircraft into Boeing Converted Freighters for UPS.


C&L Aviation Group has signed a three-year Aircraft Maintenance Support Agreement with Elite Airways to perform maintenance services on their fleet of Bombardier CRJ100/200/700 aircraft. These services will include heavy checks, aircraft painting, interior refurbishment, and other maintenance support responsibilities. Elite Airways is a scheduled and charter airline based in Portland, ME.


Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) has announced that DHL Express has ordered an additional four firm and 10 optional Airbus A330-300 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversions. This follows the launch contract for four similar A330-300P2F conversions that was also awarded by DHL Express in July last year. The first aircraft under the launch contract is currently undergoing conversion at EFW’s Dresden-based facilities, and is on track to be redelivered by the end of 2017.


FL Technics Indonesia has been granted AMO-145 approval by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation, allowing it to provide full base maintenance services for all Indonesia-registered Boeing aircraft. Immediately after the approval, FL Technics Indonesia announced a C check agreement for five Boeing 737-300s of cargo airline Tri-M.G., starting in June and including C5 inspections, corrosion prevention and control program, AD/SB compliance, SIP, etc.


GAMECO has completed the first Airbus A380 3C check (six-year check) in China on an aircraft of China Southern Airlines (CSA). The check ran from 1 March to 2 June, including 75 days for maintenance and 19 days for repainting. It included wing leading edge modifications—which took 16 mechanics 24 days to complete—replacement of fuel lines in the wings and modifications to flap tracks, wingtips and 16 cabin doors. The cabin was also refurbished. CSA’s other three A380s will be sent for six-year checks over the next two years and there will be a growing demand from the global fleet. GAMECO aims to take advantage of its experience to increase its share in the A380 heavy maintenance market.


GECAS is planning to convert a further 30 Boeing 737-800s into freighters. GECAS launched the 737-800 freighter programme with Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) in 2015 and Boeing in 2016. Since then GECAS has provided each programme with a prototype aircraft for modification at separate conversion facilities in Miami and Shanghai. All the feedstock aircraft will come from GECAS’ existing portfolio and will be converted when the aircraft end their current passenger leases from 2018 onward. GECAS currently owns approximately 220 passenger 737-800s that are distributed across some 25 countries.


The ASL Group and West Atlantic Group have already become GECAS customers for the 737-800 freighter with deliveries occurring from the beginning of 2018 through 2019.


HAECO Xiamen successfully completed cabin reconfiguration work in May for the third of 10 Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 aircraft planned for 2017. The 12-month project involves C4 checks in parallel with reconfiguration of the Business Class.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has successfully completed an end of lease C check for Swedish airline Novair on an Airbus A321.


VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA), the US affiliate company of ST Aerospace, has secured a long-term agreement from Air Canada to provide heavy maintenance services to the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. The first 787 aircraft was inducted into VT SAA’s hangar in San Antonio, US, for C1 checks in May, and successfully redelivered within 18 days. 

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