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May 2015

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AAR has amended a long-term general terms agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace under which Liebherr-Aerospace will provide full support for AAR’s nose-to-tail comprehensive solution on the Bombardier fleet. The services will be performed by Liebherr-Aerospace Saline and Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse, which is the OEM. Under the existing agreement, Liebherr-Aerospace grants access to technical documentation, spare parts and technical support to AAR’s component repair centres in Garden City, NY, and Amsterdam, both of which perform repairs on Liebherr-Aerospace equipment. The agreement strengthens AAR’s position in the aviation component support business and covers products Liebherr-Aerospace designs and manufactures for Bombardier, including the integrated air management system (ATA 21, 25, 30, 36) on CRJ700/900/1000 regional aircraft.

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AerSale has acquired a Boeing 777-212ER (msn 28507) for disassembly.

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Airline Services Interiors (ASI) has been awarded a contract to integrate a new IFE system on 18 Boeing 747 aircraft operated by British Airways. ASI is responsible for the design, certification and manufacture of the modification kits to integrate the new IFE system on all classes of passenger seating from World Traveller (economy) though to First Class. It is working with IFE provider, Panasonic, and aircraft integrator, Zodiac NAT, to fit Panasonic’s eX3 IFE system, which will be installed from September 2015 onwards. As part of the upgrade, ASI has also integrated new universal power sockets at every seat in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) together with individual USB sockets. The cabin interiors of the British Airways 747s are also being refreshed so they match those on the airline’s new Airbus A380 and 787 aircraft, and ASI has developed new fitted seat covers to improve comfort and appearance.

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Airline Services Interiors (ASI) has completed Economy class IFE retrofit programmes for Lufthansa on 18 Airbus A340 and 13 Boeing 747 aircraft. ASI has been responsible for the design, certification and manufacture of modification kits to install the Zodiac Zii RAVE system on Recaro 3520 seats. As part of the seat upgrade, ASI has also integrated a universal power socket at every seat. The contract was awarded in 2012 with kit delivery starting in 2013 and was completed in March 2015. Physical integration was performed by Lufthansa at designated sites in Germany, Malta and China. The ASI passenger seating Centre of Excellence in Manchester contributed to the programme, supporting Lufthansa on the repair and modification of seats.

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Ameco Beijing is developing V2500 overhaul capability, with hands-on training completed in April. The first engine for overhaul, from Air China, is expected in the near future.

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Aviall has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to acquire and manage the latter’s stock of CF6-80A used serviceable material (USM). The ownership transfer builds on an exclusive distributor agreement launched in 2005, under which Aviall was responsible for forecasting, ordering and delivering all genuine OEM replacement parts unique to CF6-80A engines.

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Avtrade has launched New Product Services (NPS), a product stocking and distribution company. NPS will support ‘New Only’ policy airlines with fully traceable quality products, direct from the OEM. Products include WAMCO lamps, ‘stock boxes’ specifically tailored to individual customer needs and extended service options to rotable support by providing fit kits with LRUs.

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BAE Systems has been selected by Vistara of India to supply its IntelliCabin IFE system, which provides inflight wireless streaming of preloaded content to customers’ personal electronic devices across all three cabin classes in its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The system also includes fully integrated Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets for business class customers. With its wireless technology and unique user interface, the fully integrated IFE system provides travelers with entertainment options beyond those currently available aboard commercial flights. The entire fleet of Vistara will incorporate the IFE system, expected to go live in another six months. In the interim, BAE Systems is providing Vistara’s business class customers with customised Samsung Galaxy tablets with specially selected preloaded content. This interim solution will be available to Vistara’s business class customers on flights with a duration of over two hours beginning in May 2015. Vistara is a full-service airline and a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.

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Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) is investigating offerability of a BBJ Combi, allowing customers to have a split configuration of both passengers and cargo at the same time. The BBJ Combi would be a modified version of the current BBJ Convertible, a product based on the 737-700C that also features a large cargo door on the left-hand side of the forward fuselage, enabling the loading of cargo onto the aircraft’s main deck. The company says the BBJ Combi is a natural fit for the Chinese market, which continues to be a strong market, with 18 BBJs in the Greater China region, including five charter companies.

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Bonus Tech, a subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M, recently carried out the disassembly of its 1,000th engine, a CF6-80C2 owned by AAR Parts Trading, a long-term client.

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