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AFI KLM E&M and Air Côte d'Ivoire recently signed an agreement covering component support for the Ivoirian carrier's four Airbus A319-100s and two A320-200s. The contract covers the future A319neo and A320neo aircraft scheduled to join Air Côte d'Ivoire fleet from 2020. The services delivered by AFI KLM E&M include repairs, spares pool access, the provision of a Main Base Kit and logistics support.


AJW and SmartLynx of Latvia have agreed a new contract to cover the supply of consumables and expendables for the entire SmartLynx fleet and an extension of the existing PBH to cover the airlines rapidly growing A320 fleet.


CFM International and Vietnam’s VietJet Air have finalised an agreement for the airline to purchase 200 LEAP-1B engines to power 100 additional Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, along with an extension of airline’s current Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement to include the new engines. The agreement, which includes 15 spare engines, is valued at $5.3 billion.


KLM UK Engineering has signed a line maintenance contract with BA CityFlyer at Glasgow on their Embraer fleet from April 2019.


Lufthansa Technik has signed support contracts with three major Russian passenger and cargo carriers: Aeroflot - Russian Airlines, Ural Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

For Aeroflot, the services comprise MRO events for all Airframe Related Components (ARC) parts of Aeroflot's A320 Family aircraft, including modification services. Lufthansa Technik will also provide pooling services for specific components such as thrust reversers, inlet cowls and fan cowls. In addition, an exclusive home base stock for Aeroflot has been set up at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow. The provision of services already started in December 2018. For the first time, A-Technics, the MRO provider of Aeroflot Group in Moscow, is defined as the dedicated subcontractor for all ARC MRO activities within their capability.

Ural Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for 14 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and extended the existing agreement to support the addition of Airbus A320neo aircraft to its fleet. Component MRO is performed under the terms of a Total Component Support (TCS) agreement and complemented by pooling services. The phase-in of the new aircraft is scheduled to begin this year. For optimum supply, the home base of the Russian carrier in Ekaterinburg will be appropriately enlarged with components for the new aircraft types. Component repairs will be performed within the Lufthansa Technik network, mainly at the Hamburg facility.


AirBridgeCargo Airlines has assigned Lufthansa Technik under a long-term Total Component Support (TCS) agreement for its six Boeing 747-400F freighters. Lufthansa Technik will perform comprehensive component services covering a list of approximately 1,400 parts, including leasing services for home base components.


PDQ Airspares has signed a three-year consignment agreement with ST Aerospace Services Company (SASCO); a Surplus to Revenue Smartwings of the Czech Republic to dispose of surplus Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 material, which will be located in the new PDQ Poland facility in 2Q19; a Surplus to Revenue agreement with General Electric Malaysia for a package of CFM 56 spares; and a Consumable Care Support Agreement with Blue Air of Romania, with fixed pricing for Boeing consumable and expendable materials.


Rolls-Royce has signed contracts for TotalCare long term services with Lufthansa Group to support Trent 1000 engines on 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Trent XWB engines on 20 Airbus A350 XWBs, and with STARLUX Airlines and Airbus in celebrating the official signing of the agreement for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and for Trent XWB engines.


STARLUX Airlines also signed a contract for Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare long-term services for the engines.


S7 Technics has started work under a five-year MRO contract signed with Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana that was won under open tender for the contract in summer 2018. Under the arrangement, S7 Technics will perform C checks on Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 767 aircraft. Air Astana has become the first international airline to agree such a long-term and large-scale contract with Russia’s S7 Technics. The first C check was completed in February on a Boeing 767 at S7 Technics’ Novosibirsk site at Tolmachevo airport.


S7 Technics opened a new line maintenance station at St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, one of Russia’s largest aviation hubs. It will offer an annual capacity of a minimum of 12,000 manhours and is licensed for maintenance and repairs of Airbus ?320 Family, A320neo, Boeing 737NG and Embraer E170 aircraft.


Satair has signed a multi-year IMS contract with Japan Airlines (JAL) for a long- term, fully-integrated end-to-end supply chain package covering expendable material for the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A350s. The service will commence from June 2019 in line with the delivery of the first of 31 A350XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s plus options for a further 25 aircraft) on order with the airline. The service to be provided by Satair will be covering all airframe expendables for the aircraft, and will be provided through an on-site stock to JAL. The service includes planning, sourcing, purchasing, logistics and inventory management.

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