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March 2018

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) delivered 27 freighter conversions to leasing and operator customers worldwide in 2017. AEI delivered 21 Boeing 737-400SF freighters, followed by four McDonnell Douglas MD-83SF freighters, one MD-82SF freighter and one Bombardier CRJ200 SF freighter.

Robert Convey, AEI Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said: “2017 turned out to be another stellar year for AEI freighter conversion deliveries. We expect 2018 deliveries to be comparable to 2017 with 12 aircraft currently undergoing conversion and an existing total backlog of 23 aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2018. Over the next several weeks we will be announcing additional firm orders for conversions scheduled to begin modification in 2018.”

The 737-400SF will again represent the majority of freighter conversions scheduled for 2018; however, more deliveries for the CRJ200 SF will be represented as the company currently has seven aircraft scheduled for completion this year. Additionally, AEI will certify the new 737-800SF freighter conversion in 2018, of which the company already has over 100 firm orders and commitments.


Boeing has received an order from DHL for one 767-300ER Boeing Converted Freighter.


FL Technics has announced a three-year base maintenance agreement with Bulgaria Air, with the first Airbus A319 having already arrived at the FL Technics facility in Vilnius, Lithuania.


FL Technics has signed a five-year agreement with Eurowings Europe for base maintenance, engineering and Design Office services.


Flying Colours has signed an agreement with Conair Group to modify six production Bombardier Q400MR aircraft to support multi-purpose missions. Flying Colours will be responsible for the engineering, fabrication, installation, certification and completion of four different cabin interiors to support passenger, cargo, combi-transport and medevac special missions. In passenger mode, the interior will accommodate up to 64 passengers; the full air freighter mode will transport up to nine tons of cargo; while the medevac format will support up to six stretchers, associated medical equipment and clinical team. The combined passenger/cargo interior will carry up to 19 passengers along with freight. As part of the modification process Flying Colours will integrate a customized Inmarsat Cobham Aviator 700 system. This will enable flexible communications and connectivity via the Inmarsat network that can be adapted for each aircraft mission.  

The first aircraft will be inducted in March 2018 at the Flying Colours facility in St Louis, MO. The subsequent aircraft modifications will take place over the next several years. When redelivered, each aircraft will benefit from access to four interior options that can be quickly switched in and out, according to mission requirements. Each aircraft will also incorporate an upgraded version of Conair’s proprietary Retardant Delivery System which will carry more water, or retardant, than the existing 10,000 litre capacity. The retardant tank can be easily removed and installed in the field within a few hours. The ability to easily change the aircraft to one of five different mission options will maximise efficiency and costs, in a diverse range of operating environments.


KLM UK Engineering has signed a long-term airframe maintenance contract with Braathens Regional Airlines for its 12 Avro RJ aircraft. Work commenced in 2017.


Lufthansa Technik Philippines and Asiana Airlines have signed a five-year agreement for base maintenance. From 2018 to 2022, Lufthansa Technik Philippines will be carrying out a total of 14 checks on the South Korean airline’s six Airbus A380s. They will undergo light to heavy maintenance checks as well as modifications on doors, flap tracks, wing tip, engine feed fuel pump system, and other structural modifications. The first A380 under this contract is scheduled to arrive in Manila in March 2018.


Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has won an expanded maintenance commitment from Icelandair, to include base maintenance for a fifth aircraft, a Boeing 757, to take place at MAEL’s Luton facility. MAEL carried out a check to Icelandair’s 757 freighter aircraft last November and currently has the second of three planned 767-300 aircraft in maintenance at MAEL in Luton.


ST Aerospace has secured an exclusive five-year heavy maintenance support contract worth $30 million from Lufthansa Cargo for McDonnell Douglas MD-11 light and heavy C checks starting from 2019.

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