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May 2018

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AAR has signed a long-term Repair and Overhaul License agreement along with a Parts Supply agreement with Honeywell Aerospace. AAR will be providing repairs of over 1,800 Honeywell base part number and line replacements unit (LRU) repair items in AAR’s New York and Amsterdam component repair shops.


To support those component repairs, AAR will source over 4,000 material supply piece part items from Honeywell who will also provide repair and overhaul of LRUs to support AAR’s growing flight-hour component support programs for airline fleets worldwide. The agreement covers various platforms including pneumatics, hydraulics, and power generation for Boeing, Airbus and regional commercial fleet types. These combined agreements make AAR a long-term Channel Partner to help grow and maintain the Honeywell products throughout the globe.

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AFI KLM E&M has now obtained EASA approval to provide support during initial operations of the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B powerplants. This follows the signing of a license agreement with CFM International.

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced that Ethiopian Airlines has become the first operator in Northern Africa of its latest Split Scimitar Winglet technology. The first installation of the system was completed in March at Ethiopian Airlines MRO Services in Addis Ababa. The airline operates eight Boeing 737-700s and 16 737-800 aircraft.

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Avocet Aviation Services has been awarded and begun work on the industry’s first Airbus A321 passenger-to-freighter conversion solution, involving the development of the first cargo door prototype. The contract was awarded to Avocet by 321 Precision Conversions, a joint venture between Precision Aircraft Solutions and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), based in Portland, OR. Avocet is performing the A321 prototype conversion at its 5,100m² facility at Orlando-Sanford International Airport, FL, with as many as five additional aircraft to follow. The multi-phase project is due to be completed in 2019. Avocet will work on the prototype project through to FAA and EASA certification.

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Barfield, an AFI KLM E&M subsidiary in the US, will start distributing AirInt’ Software, a tablet based mobile app that is using the latest technology to revolutionise cabin maintenance management. Developed by start-up AirInt’ Services and industrialized by AFI KLM E&M through its MRO Lab innovation platform, the app is already serving its purpose of saving time and optimising processes for a wide range of aircraft fleets.


The app comes embedded with two innovative tools: a mobile app that allows technicians to inspect, collect and report data in three simple clicks and a web reporting solution that is synced to the app allowing managers to better monitor and manage data received from technicians during line maintenance. According to Lew Wingate, Barfield Vice President for GSTE and Distribution, the software is currently being implemented in Paris and Amsterdam for the cabin interior at AFI KLM E&M, and given its success, “we at Barfield will be offering it to our partner airlines in the Americas.”


One of the main features of AirInt’ app is that each spare part of a technical document is listed according to their position in the aircraft, ensuring operational processes are simplified, considerably reducing inspection time, according to AirInt’ founders Laurent Breard and Sébastien Requillart: “For a fleet of Boeing 777s, using AirInt’ saves up to 50% of inspection time. This means substantial financial savings for airlines in a highly competitive environment.”


Equipped with a tablet loaded with the App, technicians can access a 3D plan of the cabin on which they can flag up any defective components during an inspection, which in turn automatically displays each part number, avoiding the need to go through thousands of pages of the aircraft technical manual. By clicking on the component, a requisition is immediately transmitted to the stores.

 

On the strength of its data engineering functions, the App improves activity management in terms of traceability, inventory management and identification of root causes. The web portal provides monitoring of cabin condition, a complete history of the defects flagged up, and access to customisable indicators. Maintenance is monitored and corrective action can be carried out before impaired parts fail during aircraft operation.

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Boeing has signed an agreement with GOL Airlines of Brazil to use Boeing’s Airplane Health Management for its upcoming 737 MAX 8 fleet.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has strengthened its parts support portfolio for Q Series aircraft by entering into a collaborative agreement with 3 Points Aviation. Under the agreement, Bombardier provides engineering specifications to assist 3 Points Aviation gain Parts Manufacture Approvals (PMA) from aviation authorities. These approvals give Bombardier operators the choice to purchase OEM-produced parts or PMA parts manufactured by an authorised third party. This will improve the overall part availability for Bombardier’s Q Series aircraft.

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CTT Systems has announced a Cair VIP Inflight Humidification order from Comlux Completion for one Boeing BBJ MAX 8. The BBJ MAX 8 completion will feature humidity in the entire aircraft cabin which requires support from three humidifiers. This award is CTT Systems’ second BBJ MAX 8 order and 89th VIP order for Airbus ACJs/Boeing BBJs.

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CTT Systems has announced China Southern Airlines as the previously undisclosed airline that selected the Airbus A350XWB optional Inflight Humidification system, the first ever to be fitted in Business Class. Increased humidity is essential in offering a cabin climate that makes passengers feel more balanced and at ease during long haul flights. In the humidified Business Class cabin, passengers will stay hydrated, aiding quality of sleep and reducing jet lag.
China Southern Airlines has selected SFE humidifiers on all of its 20 A350-900 aircraft on order, in both crew rest areas and three in the large Business Class cabin. First entry into commercial service is scheduled to mid-2019.


China Southern operates five Airbus A380-800 aircraft, all equipped with two crew rest humidifiers and 10 Boeing 787-8s with three humidifiers (one in the flight deck and two in crew rest areas). In addition, China Southern has selected the maximum three humidifiers for its fleet of 20 Boeing 787-9 scheduled for deliveries to commence in 2Q18.

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