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AAR’s OEM Aftermarket Solutions group has signed an agreement with LORD Corporation to be its channel to the Americas market for LORD Flight Control Equipment repairs. The LORD products covered by this agreement are cockpit controls for systems on Airbus commercial aircraft. LORD acquired LORD Electromechanical Solutions (formerly Fly-by-Wire Systems France) from SKF in June 2016 and established a US-based repair station for the products in August 2017. AAR will manage customer repairs going into LORD’s Cambridge Springs, PA, facility.


Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has signed a contract to provide Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM (TSM) with four additional Bombardier CRJ200 SF freighter conversions. The first CRJ200 of this order will commence in September, with redelivery scheduled for January 2019. The second, third and fourth aircraft will commence in March, July, and December of 2019 respectively. Commercial Jet’s Dothan, AL, facility will perform the modification touch labour for all four conversions. Upon completion and delivery, TSM will operate a total of 8 AEI CRJ200 SF freighters. TSM’s plans call for at least doubling its fleet of CRJ200 SF freighters in the coming years.


AFI KLM E&M and China Eastern Airlines have signed a component support contract for the Chinese company's Boeing 787-9 fleet, which will eventually include 15 aircraft. The agreement covers repair services, access to a regional spare parts pool as well as the provision of a local parts stock, and additional services in the field of training and industrial development support.


AJW Group has secured a Pool Access Support contract with start-up Bulgarian charter airline, Electra Airways. Electra Airways currently operates charter flights with Airbus A320-231 aircraft in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.


Boeing and GECAS announced an agreement for 35 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters. The deal, which includes 20 firm orders and an option for 15 more, would take GECAS' 737-800BCF order book from 15 to 50. With total firm and option aircraft commitments now at fifty 737-800BCFs, GECAS will commit nearly $1.5 billion worth of 737-800s with conversions to the narrow body freighter sector. This agreement, which is subject to GECAS board approval, would take the total commitments for the 737-800BCF program to 80 aircraft from more than half a dozen customers.



CFM announced a number of Rate Per Flight Hour agreements during the Farnborough International Airshow, including:

·         Aeromexico, for 12 years to support a minimum of 128 LEAP-1B engines that power its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft. The order is valued at $2.3 billion at list price;

·         Zhejiang Loong Airlines, for 12 years to support its fleet of LEAP-1A and CFM56-5B engines. The agreement is valued at $500 million at list price;

·         Yunnan Hongtu Airlines, for 12 years to support CFM56-5B engines to power three Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The agreement also includes the potential purchase two LEAP-1A and one CFM56-5B spare engine and is valued at a total of $408 million at list price;

·         STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan, for 12 years to support leased Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by the LEAP-1A engine. The agreement, which includes the purchase of one spare engine, is valued at $220 million;

·         Comair of South Africa, for eight years to support is fleet of 16 CFM56-7B engines. The agreement is valued at $160 million at list price.


Direct Maintenance and TAP Portugal have recently entered into a line maintenance partnership at Berlin-Tegel airport, covering the Airbus A320 Family which is the regular type operated, however the A330 fleet has been included as well in case additional capacity is deployed at peak times. Direct Maintenance is well placed to assist TAP Portugal in the future as it is A320neo certified.


Embraer and Kenya Airways have signed a multi-year contract for the Embraer Collaborative Inventory Planning (ECIP) program. Under this contract, Embraer will take over the planning and replenishment of a sizeable portion of Kenya Airways’ spare parts stock covering the 15 Embraer E190 aircraft operated by the airline.


Embraer has announced that Sahara Africa Aviation has signed a multi-year Pool Program Agreement for spare parts and support covering more than 500 components for their two recently acquired Embraer ERJ 145 jets. Based in Nelspruit at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa, Sahara also has the world’s largest fleet of Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops, operating and leasing out 14 aircraft to regional airlines and corporate clients throughout Africa.


EPCOR, the AFI KLM E&M subsidiary specialising in pneumatic systems and Auxiliary Power Units (APU), has announced the signature of a new contract with existing client El Al covering maintenance for 16 type APS5000 APUs equipping the Israeli carrier's fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The multi-year contract includes the leasing of spare APU, when needed during shop visits.

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