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January 2019

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Lufthansa Technik and Wizz Air have signed a ten-year AVIATAR agreement to provide one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines with digital fleet solutions. Key element in the partnership approach is to further improve efficiency of Wizz Air’s technical operations by using AVIATAR’s modular solutions in the areas of predictive and preventive maintenance and reliability management. This happens in direct connection to the Maintenance Control Center (MCC) in Budapest. In addition, Wizz Air will also benefit from all other innovative offerings by Lufthansa Technik and third parties on AVIATAR.

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Meggitt has signed a five-year agreement with Turkish Technic to cover spares and maintenance activities across the whole range of Meggitt products and services from high-performance sensing systems to fire protection and control, pneumatic, fluid control, thermal management and electro-mechanical equipment.

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Rolls-Royce has launched LifeKey, a new addition to its LessorCare service. The first LifeKey customers are Jackson Square Aviation and CDB Aviation.


LifeKey is a central component of LessorCare, which was launched in January to offer a single, comprehensive agreement for all Trent engine types. LessorCare provides faster and easier access to lessor services, offers the incorporation of services today and for the future, and maximises possible return on investment. Rolls-Royce has signed LessorCare contracts with 11 customers, covering almost half of its leased widebody fleet.


Enhancing and replacing the Operating lessor Engine Restoration Agreement (OPERA), LifeKey complements LessorCare by offering unique improvements in terms of greater visibility, accessibility, portability and liquidity:

 

  • Visibility – lessors will now have visibility of the refurbishment element of the operator’s TotalCare Life rate from five years from engine entry into service
     
  • Accessibility – lessors will have increased flexibility, allowing them to elect to withdraw the TotalCare Life refurbishment element any time that the aircraft is off lease
     
  • Portability – all improvements are designed to allow for greater flexibility and portability of the value
     
  • Liquidity – improved liquidity enables the lessor to better manage and maximise its investment profile over the full engine lifecycle
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Sabena technics is extending the scope of its activities to overhauls and modification for Boeing 787 -8/9/10 aircraft at its dedicated maintenance facilities in Bordeaux.

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SR Technics has announced an eight-year partnership with VAS Aero Services. Under the agreement, VAS will provide aircraft components exchange and repair services for SR Technics involving multiple Airbus and Boeing fleets. The new partnership marks the first major material supply partnership with a non-OEM company for the SR Technics’ business unit Component Services. By covering service-level guaranteed exchange services, repair services, and leasing services, the collaboration will enable SR Technics to continue to provide cost-effective and reliable solutions to its airline customers. VAS has been supporting SR Technics in Engine Services for several years. The expansion of their collaboration into the Component Services business aims to leverage the strengths of both companies.

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Vallair has purchased four CFM56-5A engines from Air France. The engines will be torn down at Vallair’s engine facility in Chateauroux, France. Vallair recently added to its capabilities by setting up a fully-equipped, multi-bay engine strip and ‘hospital’ workscope operation to support its customers’ engine requirements and help reduce direct maintenance costs and downtime. This facility, located within Vallair’s Disassembly & Logistics centre in Chateauroux, is now fully operational and offers a comprehensive service including full teardown of engines, module disassembly and reassembly, light repairs, borescope inspections and blending. This transaction marks Vallair’s first comprehensive engine teardown operation in the new facility. All parts including LPT, HPC, HPT and fan modules will be sold on.

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