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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has inducted the fifth 11 pallet position Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversion for Kalitta Charters. The aircraft (MSN 25407) arrived at Commercial Jet’s Miami, FL facility and will be re-delivered in July 2018.

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract to provide Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM with a fourth Bombardier CRJ200 SF freighter conversion. The CRJ200 (MSN 7300) will commence modification in June 2018, with re-delivery scheduled for October 2018. Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility will handle the modification touch labour for the conversion. Ultimately, TSM plans on operating many more AEI CRJ200 SF converted freighters.

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AFI KLM E&M and partner Boeing have announced that Aeromexico has ordered the 737 Component Services Program (CSP) to support the carrier’s entire fleet of 737 MAX aircraft. The agreement will provide Aeromexico with power-by-the-hour component repairs, access to a dedicated spares pool, support and logistic services through AFI KLM E&M’s facilities in Miami and Amsterdam, and a Main Base Kit at the airline’s hub in Mexico City. In February, Boeing delivered the first 737 MAX to Aeromexico, which has ordered a total of 60 of the aircraft.

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AFI KLM E&M and Tunisair signed a new Time & Material engine support contract in late December 2017 covering the CFM56-5A, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines powering the Tunisair fleet’s sixteen Airbus A320s, four A319s and seven Boeing 737s. The Tunisian flag carrier had launched a call for tenders in late 2016 aimed at selecting two MRO suppliers for each engine type. Following the consultation, AFI KLM E&M was the sole candidate to be selected to handle all three engine-types simultaneously.


At the request of Tunisair, the company was able to deal with a one-off commission to return four CFM56-5A engines (to be used in support of the Tunisian carrier’s summer season schedule) to serviceable condition. A first engine has already been returned to service thanks to the intervention of an AFI KLM E&M technical team in Tunis. Two others are now undergoing repairs at the AFI KLM E&M shop in Paris, and the fourth is currently being transported to the facility.

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Boeing has signed an agreement with Aeromexico to use Boeing’s landing gear exchange program for 17 aircraft in its 787 fleet, as well as AOG access. Aeromexico will also start using AerData’s Engine Fleet Planning and Costing tool for its Boeing fleet, which helps customers optimise engine maintenance planning, engine spares  availability and budgets.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has recently signed a seven-year Smart Parts agreement with Widerøes Flyveselskap to provide component management for the airline’s fleet of Q400 aircraft. The Smart Parts program provides comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s hub in Sandefjord.

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Bombardier Services Corporation and PSA Airlines recently signed a three-year extension to the parties’ heavy maintenance agreement. Under this contract, heavy maintenance tasks for the airline’s fleet of Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft will be performed at Bombardier’s West Virginia Air Center. Bombardier has conducted heavy maintenance for PSA Airlines since 2005. PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group operates a fleet comprised exclusively of 126 CRJ regional jets. The airline operates the aircraft under the American Eagle regional brand.

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CFM International and Lion Group have extended a 25-year Material Service Agreement (MSA) for CFM56-7B, CFM56-5B, and LEAP-1B engines originally signed in 2014 to include the LEAP-1A engine. This follows an order from Transportation Partners, the airline’s leasing arm, for 380 LEAP-1A engines to power Airbus A320neo/A321neo aircraft.


In addition to the LEAP-1A engines, Lion Group has also ordered 544 LEAP-1B engines to power its Boeing 737 MAX 8, MAX 9, and MAX 10 aircraft, of which 10 are currently in service with Lion Air. With a fleet of 924 LEAP engines in service or on order at a total value of $13.4 billion at list price, Lion Group is the largest LEAP engine customer in the world.

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CFM International has signed an LoA with Saudi low cost carrier flynas for the purchase of 160 LEAP-1A engines to power 80 Airbus A320neo aircraft, along with a long-term services agreement on a pay by-the-hour basis.

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C&L Aerospace has signed a material support agreement with TAG Airlines of Guatemala for their Embraer ERJ 145 and Saab 340 fleets. In addition to the material support agreement, TAG Airlines has hired C&L for paint services.

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