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March 2017

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AAR has opened a parts warehouse at Dubai World Central (DWC) Airport. It holds a wide range of factory-new aircraft components from OEMs such as Eaton, Meggitt, Lord, Unison and UTAS. One local customer is flydubai, which signed a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract last year for PBH component inventory management and repair services to support 53 Boeing 737-800s, increasing to 60 aircraft as new deliveries arrive.

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Aero Norway has moved to a shift work programme to increase its production capacity as the rate of engine inductions at the facility continues to grow. Over the next few months its engineers will supervise the training of 10 new apprentices as the company reinforces its commitment to knowledge sharing and deepening the expertise and certification of its internal resource pool. 

 

Aero Norway is a CFM-authorised repair station and has capacity for up to 120 engines per year. Services cover the entire spectrum of repair and maintenance across all three engine models – CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B. It recently received Civil Aviation Administration of China approval with an application for DGCA in France also under way.

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AeroVision International will open a new forward stocking location at London-Heathrow in collaboration with B&H Worldwide. AeroVision supplies engines and engine parts (PT6; PW100; JT15D; PW300; PW500; TFE-731; AE3007) in support of operators and MRO facilities around the world.

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AFI KLM E&M has opened a logistics centre to support future Airbus A350 operators in China at AFI KLM E&M Components China in Shanghai.

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Aircraft Propeller Service is now providing MRO services for all Ratier-Figéac 568F propeller assembly components, in addition to the blades APS was already servicing. These components include: hubs, actuators, transfer tubes, adjusting nuts, spinners and bulkheads.

 

ATR and CASA operators no longer have to send these components out of Brazil for repair. APS is, in many instances, within a three-hour drive of its Brazilian customer base. As a result, these customers benefit from a significant reduction in direct logistics costs and they have seen shipping turnaround times reduce by over 50%. 

 

In order to provide its expanded 568F propeller assembly component capabilities, APS added to its equipment line in Brazil new test equipment for propeller component testing along with new tooling for all of the inspections and repairs required for the new components. Additionally, APS Brazil technicians underwent comprehensive training on these components at the company’s Lake Zurich, IL, headquarters. The onsite training was also supported with webinars and teleconferences.

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AJW Group has opened a new office in Moscow, led by Evgeniy Shuravin, whose role will also include responsibility for customer liaison and the delivery of AJW Group’s strategy in the region.

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced that Icelandair is the first airline in Europe to install and operate with Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW) on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Icelandair expects increased savings to block fuel, reduced engine maintenance, improved take off performance and lower emissions, among other benefits. This is a retrofit enhancement to their current 757-200 Blended Winglets, which will be replaced by the SBW with its aerodynamically optimised, scimitar-shaped tip cap. Icelandair is currently working on its fourth SBW modification and plans to have a total of 17 shipsets in service before the 2017 summer season.

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Avtrade has opened a new office in Guangzhou, China, led by Regional Sales Director Toby Smith.

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Boeing has launched a new Nacelle and Flight-Control Surface Exchange Program for airlines. Under the programme, customers can exchange nacelle and flight-control surface parts that need repair or overhaul from a certified pool that Boeing maintains throughout its global network. This eliminates the need for customers to contract, schedule, manage and own or lease these parts. Parts distributed through the programme represent all Boeing models and are updated to the latest configurations, incorporating all applicable AD/SBs. Another benefit of an exchange is that customers only need to take an aircraft out of service once, reducing maintenance needs. When a similar part is leased, the aircraft must be taken out of service for both removal and installation.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has signed a five-year Smart Parts agreement with Hawaii Island Air to provide longer-term component support for its growing fleet of Q400 aircraft. Island Air is currently operating new Q400 aircraft leased from Elix Aviation Capital Limited of Ireland.

 

Smart Parts provides Island Air with comprehensive component MRO services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and onsite inventories based at the airline’s hub in Honolulu.

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