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July 2017

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AerFin has completed the teardown of Airbus A319-100, MSN3077. The 2007 narrowbody aircraft was acquired from a Mexican financial Institution, and is believed to be the youngest ever A319 aircraft to be dismantled. With significant commonality across the entire Airbus A320 Family product-line means this teardown will support AerFin’s broad Airbus customer base. The company has also taken delivery of its 9th, 10th and 11th Airbus A340-300 aircraft (MSN208, 218 and 217) from Cathay Pacific. These are the final three A340-300 aircraft to be delivered, marking the retirement of the A340-300 from Cathay Pacific operations and concluding the arrangement between AerFin and the airline. They will be broken for spares.

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Aero Norway has been granted Part-145 Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Indonesia. The company is now multi-release FAA, EASA, TCCA, CAAC, GCAA and DGCA Indonesia certified. The certification covers the full spectrum of services offered by CFM authorised repair station Aero Norway across CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engine models.

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AeroVision International has purchased 10 Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias as part of a larger package acquired from SkyWest Airlines. The acquisition marks AeroVision’s entry into airframe and engine support for the EMB-120 series of aircraft, with several aircraft immediately available for outright purchase or lease. A number of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118B engines are immediately available for sale or lease, others are slated for the reduce-to-parts process and individual components will be available soon.

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AFI KLM E&M and Sabena technics have announced the signing of a partnership agreement to set up a 50/50 joint venture to support Airbus A320 and ATR component repairs in Singapore’s new Seletar aviation cluster. The joint venture will begin operations in Sabena technics’ component repair shop, which is already operational at Seletar. The shop will support its mother companies on their PBH contracts and also offer Time & Material component repair services to third-party regional customers.

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Airbus and Safran have received ‘Authorisation To Market’ the eTaxi electric taxiing system for the A320 Family following the completion of an extensive R&T phase. Depending on airline feedback, the actual programme could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU, would allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its engines or requiring airport tractors or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on operating costs (including a reduction of around 4% in fuel costs, equal to several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground (saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such as reduced CO2 and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing.

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Airbus has signed a contract with Interjet of Mexico for Maintenance Mobility and Predictive Risk Management services. Maintenance Mobility with electronic Job Cards allows the airline mechanics to have all of the technical information they need on iPads as well as full electronic job cards with electronic signature, effectively eliminating paper in maintenance operations. Maintenance Mobility and Predictive Risk Management are part of several services in the Smarter Fleet cloud-based services platform developed by Airbus. The agreement with Interjet covers the integration of the services into the airline’s information systems, including the maintenance information system (MIS), as well as the software and data hosting. The deployment will be accomplished step-by-step with Airbus experts working on-site with Interjet in order to support the integration and manage change gradually.

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Airfoils Advanced Solutions is the new name for the joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and AFI KLM E&M, announced a year ago. Located at the Sars-et-Rosières business park in northern France, near Valenciennes, the new company’s plant, which is nearly 15,000m², will be completed in early 2018, with operations due to kick off in late 2018. It will have 200-250 employees by 2020.

 

Airfoils Advanced Solutions will repair high-pressure compressor blades and variable stator vanes, focusing on the CFM International CFM56 engines powering the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, GE’s GE90 engines powering the Boeing 777, and the Engine Alliance GP7200 for the Airbus A380. It will also be active in repair solutions development, including repairs for fleets serviced by parent companies Safran Aircraft Engines and AFI KLM E&M.

 

Airfoils Advanced Solutions is jointly owned by Safran Aircraft Engines (51%) and AIR FRANCE KLM (49%), who will invest over €20 million in the new company.

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AJW Technique has been granted certification under the Controlled Goods Programs (CGP) of the Canadian Federal Government. The programme, which is administered by the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), regulates the examination, possession, and transfer in Canada of controlled goods and/or controlled technology. The certification permits AJW Technique to possess or transfer controlled goods in accordance with the Defence Production Act and the Controlled Goods Regulations and perform MRO on Inertial Reference Units for commercial aircraft, which are classified as IATA Dual Use. As the certification is a core requirement in order to act as a supplier for any military or government programs, it would also allow AJW to expand into the military sector.

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ATR has created a new Leasing, Asset Management & Freighter department which has the priorities of managing sales to the leasing community and facilitating the placement of new or used ATR aircraft by lessors. It also provides a full range of asset management services, including support for freighter conversions. Additionally, it will deliver associated services solutions to third-party leasing companies, brokers, integrators, financiers and investors.

 

The department will function as the ‘one-stop-shop’ within ATR for the definition, development and proposals of ATR’s leasing, asset and freighter solutions with the objective of fostering efficiency and collaborative cooperation with lessors and improving asset investment performance. Leasing, Asset Management & Freight will work to support the placement by lessors and airlines of their new and used aircraft in the market. It will also provide further assistance to leasing companies for the successful conclusion of Lease transactions and Sale-Lease-Back transactions, and facilitate smooth transitioning of their ATR Aircraft.

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Boeing and Monarch Airlines have announced that the UK carrier has selected Boeing’s Global Fleet Care—formerly known as GoldCare (see Headlines) for its entire 737 MAX fleet. Through Global Fleet Care’s Integrated Fleet Solution, Boeing will deliver maintenance, engineering and parts required to run Monarch’s MAX operations, following the delivery of its first aircraft in 2018. Monarch has also selected Boeing as its flight training provider for its 737 MAX fleet and will be entering into an agreement with Boeing subsidiary AerData for services pertaining to aircraft records management. 

 

The two companies have also reached an agreement to collaborate on securing additional third-party fleet servicing agreements. The partnership will seek to capitalise on Boeing’s strength and reach within the industry and the expertise of Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), which has been providing MRO services for 50 years.

 

Boeing and Monarch also announced an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s. Valued at $1.7 billion at current list prices, the order will grow Monarch’s 737 MAX fleet from 30 to 45 aircraft.

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