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AAR Aircraft Component Repair – Amsterdam has announced an eight-year agreement with Russian airline Utair Aviation to provide component repair and exchange for Utair’s Boeing 737 and ATR fleets, as well as reliability engineering support to improve on-wing component reliability.



AcBAE Systems Regional Aircraft has secured a three-year Fleet Support Services contract from leading Swedish carrier Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) covering a total of 12 Avro RJs. The scope of the contract includes a renewal of the long-standing JetSpares customised rotable spares rate-per-flying-hour support agreement, for which BRA is the longest standing customer, having been enrolled on this service since 1996. The new agreement covers 640 parts per aircraft over the 12 aircraft fleet (10 RJ100s and two RJ85s) and is for a minimum of 38,000 fleet flying hours across the three year period. Also signed is an agreement for rate-per-flying-hour coverage for the Honeywell GTCP36-150M APU that is fitted to eight Avro RJ100s in the BRA fleet. BRA has also extended its long-term Tech 21 agreement with BAE Systems. Tech 21 is a priority technical support service which nominates a dedicated engineer to handle and to ensure timely responses to technical issues.



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.


AFI KLM E&M and Air Corsica have concluded a support contract covering the CFM56-5B engines and nacelles equipping the Corsican carrier’s Airbus A320 fleet. The contract covers on-wing/on-site support, shop visit scheduling and execution as well as access to spare engines.



AFI KLM E&M and XL Airways have extended their existing contract covering component support (repairs and pool access) and A checks for the French airline’s four Airbus A330s from its Paris-Charles de Gaulle base at Roissy. The scope of the contract could eventually be broadened to include support for other aircraft, depending
on the growth of the XL Airways fleet.


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


Direct Maintenance is providing line maintenance at Maastricht Aachen Airport, its tenth location, for a new Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F operation.



FEAM Maintenance/Engineering has entered into a full technical handling agreement with WOW air spanning five US airport locations.  Under its EASA Part-145 approval, FEAM will provide technical support on WOW Air’s fleet of Airbus A320ceo/neo aircraft as well as Airbus A330ceo and soon to enter service, A330neo aircraft. The agreement specifies line maintenance support services to include transit checks, A checks, and AOG support beginning in April 2018. The locations are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, John F Kennedy International Airport, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.



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.

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