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January 2019

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AAR has announced the expansion of its commercial aircraft asset management activities by partnering with Napier Park Global Capital (Napier Park) to create a joint venture that will focus on acquiring late life commercial aircraft. AAR has been appointed the sole servicer for the newly formed strategic alliance.

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has received Transport Canada approval for the AEI CRJ200 SF passenger-to-freighter conversion. The Transport Canada approval (SA18-130) allows for the operation of Canadian registered CRJ200 SF freighters. AEI received the original FAA STC for the CRJ200 SF at the end of 2016, and in May of this year received EASA approval. Currently, AEI has over 45 firm orders and commitments for the freighter. Since certification, AEI has delivered

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AerSale has received an amended FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its AerSafe system on Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft (ST04010NY), in compliance with the Fuel Tank Flammability Reduction (FTFR) rule. This amended STC, originally issued for Airbus 321 aircraft, is in addition to AerSale’s STCs for the Boeing 767 series (ST03599NY), approved by the FAA in February 2018, as well as the Boeing 737 CL series (ST03589NY) and the Boeing 737 NG series (ST02980NY), both approved in 2016.

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CFM and TAP Portugal have signed a General Support License Agreement (GSLA) for maintenance activities of LEAP-1A engines. Under the terms of this agreement, TAP becomes part of the MRO network for LEAP-1A engines, and will also benefit from CFM’s expertise in training. This GSLA will allow TAP to initiate the process for LEAP-1A maintenance activities.

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China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL) has received HKAR-21 Approval for Production Organisation Approval (POA) by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. The HKAR-21 Approval for POA entitles CASL to the exercising of the manufacture of non-metallic Cabin Furnishings, with the design drawings provided by a Design Organisation under a related agreement and supply carpets to aircraft operators and their service providers.

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Collins Aerospace has been selected by Lufthansa Group to provide its ARINC GLOBALink to implement an advanced air-to-ground aviation communications network in support of its worldwide passenger communication requirements. This group includes Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter, SWISS and Lufthansa German Airlines.


The ARINC GLOBALink service delivers highly secure and reliable voice and data communications between the aircraft and ground operations over a private aviation network that features 99.999 % availability. The solution enables Lufthansa to use data link messages to improve departure control and turnaround, send and receive real-time aircraft and engine data to improve maintenance operations, and upload gate connection information to aircraft inflight entertainment displays.

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FL Technics has announced further expansion to Asia region by opening a new warehouse in Singapore. The operations started at the beginning of November 2018.

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GA Telesis has announced that, together with its shareholders Tokyo Century Corporation and ANA Trading Corporation, US, a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways Trading Company, will form Gateway Engine Leasing, to capitalise on the rising demand from airlines worldwide for long-term jet engine leases. Initially headquartered out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Gateway has plans to rapidly expand to Europe and Asia. Gateway will commence operations with an initial seed portfolio consisting of V2500, CFM56-5B, and CF6-80E engines already on lease.

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HAECO Xiamen has signed a collaboration agreement with Xiamen City University (XMCU). The agreement formalises cooperation between the two organisations in developing talented individuals for the aircraft maintenance industry. Students who enrol in the joint XMCU-HAECO Xiamen programme will receive basic skills training in aircraft maintenance at the HAECO Xiamen Technical Training Centre over the course of their three-year academic studies at XMCU. This will give them exposure to the aircraft maintenance industry and, upon graduation, students will receive higher diplomas from XMCU and training certificates from HAECO Xiamen. The integrated programme will fast-track the process of developing high-quality aircraft maintenance mechanics by six months. The partners will continue to refine the programme’s curriculum, assessment criteria, and develop student recruitment plans.

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IAI's Bedek Aviation group recently celebrated the 70th full freighter conversion for Air Transport Services Group. Over the past 25 years the cooperation of the two companies unfolded to encompass a major part of the global P2F conversions market. Bedek performed DC-8 short-to-long duct pylon modifications and JT8 engine overhauls and QEC components and then Bedek participated in the conversion programme of Boeing 767-200 Passenger-to-Package-Freighter configuration, which was followed by the 767-200BDSF Passenger-to-Special-Freighter (SF) conversion programme (unique to Bedek). In 2009 Bedek started the B767-300BDSF conversion programme, in partnership with Mitsui of Japan, under which over 60 aircraft have already been converted (most of them for ATSG), with the 767-300BDSF conversion programme continuing.

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