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January 2017

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AerFin (UK) continues its acquisition drive with the purchase of Airbus A319-131 aircraft (MSN 2308) from aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital. The 2004 vintage narrowbody is AerFin’s eleventh aircraft acquisition of 2016 and second A320 Family aircraft purchase of the year.

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AFI KLM E&M has inaugurated its new Kuala Lumpur Materials and Logistics Service Center. The facility will serve as a local spares pool to fast-track the supply of replacement parts. It will also act as a client interface. The company’s first warehouse opened in 2011 as part of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 component service agreement between AFI KLM E&M and Malaysia Airlines. As of 2013, it was gradually taking care of additional customers. The new Logistics Service Center works in close coordination with the Singapore Logistics Center as well as local component facilities in Shanghai and Mumbai.

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AJW Group has signed an agreement with a leading aircraft lessor to take on the consignment of an Airbus A340-500 (MSN 572). As part of the agreement AJW Aviation will consign the complete airframe, APU and engines, beginning the teardown in December 2016. The aircraft teardown is being performed by Tarmac Aerosave in Spain, with full traceability on all components involved.

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Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) have jointly announced a tentative agreement on a proposed five-year contract for the carrier’s nearly 700 aircraft technicians and related employees. The proposed contract includes significant pay increases and added job protection provisions. Further details of the contract are being withheld pending a ratification vote by union members, which is expected to be completed by early March. If ratified, the new contract would become amendable in October 2021. The current contract became amendable on 17 October 2016.

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Associated Air Center (AAC) has completed the company’s first installation of Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets for a US-based Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) customer. The installation was completed after a scheduled yearly inspection at AAC’s Dallas Love Field facility. The project included a wing trailing edge wedge installation and an outboard wing ballast installation. The winglets were modified at the Aviation Partners Boeing facility in Wichita, Kansas. Subsequently, AAC reinstalled the winglets on the BBJ with the new ventral strake, completing the split scimitar design. The installation is the first of several proposed winglet installations that AAC will be offering to BBJ customers.

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CTT Systems has received an order from Pobeda Airlines in Russia for Zonal Drying systems for 16 Boeing 737NG-800s to be line retrofitted from April 2017. It has also received an order for a Cair humidity control system for an Airbus ACJ330-200 VIP completion.

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Eirtech Aviation Services has been awarded an EASA STC for Zero Passenger LOPA configuration on Boeing 737NG aircraft. The STC was developed by the Eirtech Aviation Services EASA Part-21 J design organisation and is a quick and effective solution for airlines and lessors who wish to ferry aircraft for transitioning purposes with no seats on board.

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ENGINEERING Holding has secured a major aircraft painting contract from Rossiya Airlines. The EASA Part-145 approved the painting operation of S 7 ENGINEERING (an ENGINEERING subsidiary company) and will apply the carrier’s new complex livery to 13 Airbus A319/A320 and Boeing 737-800 airliners at its Mineralnye Vody Airport facility. The first two repainted aircraft were returned to the customer in December 2016. The last of the 13 aircraft is to be completed in spring 2017. The company also completed a repaint of an Airbus A321 operated by Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana. This used base coat/clear coat technology supplied by Akzo Nobel. All stencils and placards necessary for the painting job were produced by S 7 ENGINEERING at its Mineralnye Vody facility.

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Esterline Avionics Systems has announced that Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) of Toronto has received a Transport Canada (TC) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to install the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display on Bombardier Q100/200/300 aircraft. Based on an Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD), the CMA-6800 is a form, fit and functional replacement for Honeywell ED-800 CRT displays. Operators can replace the ED-800s on each aircraft all at once or one at a time, resulting in a simple and flexible replacement solution with minimal disruption to aircraft operations. The display is not only substantially more reliable, it is also lighter and offers operational relief to the Minimum Equipment List (MEL) over the ED-800s being replaced. 

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Etihad Airways Engineering and Lantal Textiles have launched the first Flammability Test Laboratory in the Middle East, for regional customers within the aviation industry, including VIP operators, MRO organisations, design and production organisations as well as cabin interior suppliers. 

Located inside the Etihad Airways Engineering facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new Lantal laboratory will provide test services that include flammability tests, seat cushion tests, heat release and smoke tests.

 

The laboratory will conform to ISO 17025 quality management standards and all testing will be conducted in accordance with the Airworthiness Regulations FAR/CS 25.853.

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