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August 2018

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) celebrated its 60th anniversary on 9 July. The company began with freighter conversions for aircraft such as the Convair 440 and Douglas DC-6. During the 1980s and 1990s, it solidified its reputation in the air freight industry with highly successful Boeing 727 series freighter conversions. Today, the company carries on the established tradition, recently announcing that over 100 Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversions have been delivered to customers around the world. AEI’s success continues with the announcement of over 45 orders and commitments for the Bombardier CRJ200 SF, and over 100 orders and commitments for the 737-800SF freighter conversions. AEI is currently on track to deliver its 500th freighter conversion by the end of this year.

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AerSale has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) has approved the FAA’s STC for the company’s AerSafe system on Airbus A321 aircraft (ST04010NY), which complies with the Fuel Tank Flammability Reduction (FTFR) rule. This is the second ANAC STC approval for AerSafe, following approval on Boeing 737 Classic aircraft in 2017. In the coming months, AerSafe will be expanded to cover additional aircraft types, to meet the September 2019 deadline of the ANAC regulation, Regulamento Brasileiro da Aviação Civil (RBAC) nº 121.1117, which applies specifically to passenger aircraft that fly within or into Brazil. AerSale’s STCs for the Boeing 737 Classic/NG series (ST02980NY) and Boeing 767 series (ST03599NY) have already been approved by the FAA.

 

Tested and developed to exact tolerances to fill the cavity of Airbus 320 Family aircraft centre fuel tanks, AerSafe limits the amount of available oxygen that can ignite fuel vapours and prevents sparks from causing an explosion. AerSafe comes as a complete prefabricated kit that can be installed at any hangar around the world. After initial installation, the system requires no maintenance or expensive spare parts. A limited number of AerSafe kits are currently available for immediate installation. For larger orders, the lead time for ordering AerSafe is currently 60 days versus the one year lead time for the nitrogen inerting system.

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AFI KLM E&M has successfully completed an engine build-up workscope on a LEAP-1B engine for client airline TUI Group at its Amsterdam-Schiphol facility. Engine build-up operations involve mounting all the related components (supports, ducting, electrical harnesses, LRUs, etc.) on a basic engine block. TUI Group, which earlier this year took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX out of a total order of 72 aircraft ordered for its various airlines called on the expertise of AFI KLM E&M to perform the build-up on a spare LEAP-1B.

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Air Niugini began its first in-house C check on jet aircraft in July. Previously, an aircraft had to be sent overseas, and this will save almost 2.5 million, Papa New Guinea kina each time a Fokker 70/100 goes in for heavy maintenance. Installation of new business class seats will be included. Apart from cost savings, the in-house arrangement will also result in improved facilities and capacity building in terms of local knowledge and up-skilling of maintenance staff, especially young PNG Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who are coming through the ranks after years of extensive training. The PNG Civil Aviation Safety Authority has to give its approval to any organisation performing maintenance on PNG registered aircraft, and Air Niugini has secured that approval.

Air Niugini has also completed in-house heavy maintenance checks on two Bombardier Dash 8 Series 300 turboprops, the first one last year, with the second major check at the beginning of this year.

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Boeing and Primera Air have announced a Boeing Global Fleet Care agreement for the Latvian carrier’s 737 MAX and Next-Generation 737 fleets. Under the contract, Boeing will provide engineering services, material services, and line and heavy maintenance services. Primera Air has a fleet of nine Next-Generation 737s. In January 2017, Boeing and Primera Air announced an order for up to 20 737 MAX 9s. The Global Fleet Care suite includes Fleet Engineering Solutions, Fleet Material Solutions, and Fleet Integrated Solutions – all of which can be tailored to specific customer requirements.

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Boeing and Xiamen Airlines have announced that the airline will become the first in China to use Optimized Maintenance Program, a service that improves operational performance, powered by Boeing AnalytX. Xiamen also signed a 737 MAX and Next Generation 737 Simulator Services Package including hardware, software and data – as well as a suite of tools to enhance its digital capability –including Airplane Health Management, Maintenance Performance Toolbox and Loadable Software Airplane Parts.

 

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently accepted Xiamen Airlines using Boeing's Optimized Maintenance Program, which uses analytics to evaluate and analyse an airline's maintenance programme and improves the operator maintenance experience through improved maintenance recommendations. Customised programmes can reduce scheduled maintenance labour and material costs by more than 20% and associated ground time by more than 30% on average, while maintaining or improving fleet on time performance and in-service maintenance activities. Boeing technical consultants review all recommendations with the airline's engineering team and support the airline's review with the local regulatory agency for approval of recommended maintenance programme changes.

 

Xiamen Airlines operates an all-Boeing fleet with 168 aircraft in use with an additional 66 on order, comprising one 737NG, 55 737 MAX 8s, and 10 737 MAX 10s.

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Boeing announced several services orders and agreements during the Farnborough International Airshow, including:

  • Atlas Air, for 20 Landing Gear Exchanges for its 747-8 fleet
  • Emirates, to use Optimized Maintenance Program (OMP) for a fleet of 150 777-300ER, 777-200LR and 777-300 aircraft;
  • EVA Airways, for a number of key products including Component Services for its 787 fleet, and quick engine change solutions;
  • Okay Airlines of China, to use Airplane Health Management (AHM) for its 737 MAX fleet;
  • WestJet, which has become the 100th customer to sign on for Airplane Health Management, which it will use for its 787 fleet.
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CTT Systems has announced an order for Zonal Drying systems from an undisclosed airline for eight Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The systems will be retrofitted during 4Q18/1Q19.

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CTT Systems has announced an order from Jet Aviation for a Cair VIP Inflight Humidification system for an Airbus ACJ320neo. This completion will feature increased humidity in the entire aircraft cabin, which requires support from two humidifiers. This award is CTT Systems’ 90th order for Airbus ACJ/Boeing BBJ VIP aircraft.

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EAM says Air Tahiti Nui has installed its RFID TagControl Solution on life vests on its entire fleet of Airbus A340-300 aircraft. Air Tahiti Nui is using RFID technology to reduce the inspection times, to strengthen regulatory compliance and to improve the traceability of cabin safety equipment. For the A340-300, life vest inspection times previously took five hours and such inspections were done every three months with six months anticipation on replacement of the Life Vest. With RFID, these inspection times are reduced to 10 minutes and are performed on a monthly basis. This kind of inspection reduces removal anticipation to just two months. The project also involved training, which EAM administered, with a combination of on site in Papeete and offsite over interactive conferencing and in both English and French languages.

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