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April 2019

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AAR has received approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to serve Japanese airlines that require repair stations to provide JCAB-authorised release certificates.

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AerFin has opened a logistics facility close to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This will initially cover more than 200 Embraer E-Jet rotable part numbers including actuators, valves, electronics and lighting, as well as a large selection of high demand component LRUs.

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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc (AEI) has selected Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO), as an Authorized Conversion Center for the Boeing 737-800SF freighter programme. AEI currently has three active Authorized Conversion Centers, including, Commercial Jet in Miami, FL; Commercial Jet Services in Dothan, AL; and KF Aerospace in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

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AerSale has signed a contract with Aero Air Erickson Aero Tanker to build another McDonnell Douglas MD-87 firefighting air tanker for the company’s fleet at AerSale’s MRO facility in Goodyear, AZ, the sixth such aircraft modification AerSale has completed at Goodyear.


Once the modification is complete, the new Erickson Aero Tanker will cruise at 450kts, carry 3,000 gallons of fire retardant in all environments up to 40°, boast a 900 mile loaded strike range, require only a 5,200ft runway loaded, and both take off and land fully loaded.

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Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) has selected Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company (STAECO), as an Authorized Conversion Center for the Boeing 737-800SF freighter programme. AEI currently has three active Authorized Conversion Centers, including, Commercial Jet in Miami, FL; Commercial Jet Services in Dothan, AL; and KF Aerospace in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

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Etihad Airways Engineering has announced the addition of Airbus A350 maintenance capabilities and has received approval from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The first A350 aircraft to arrive for maintenance in Abu Dhabi comes from LATAM Airlines group. The aircraft will undergo a heavy maintenance check and modifications as part of its routine maintenance programme. The C check will be followed by full stripping and painting of the aircraft in LATAM’s livery. The airline group is due to send additional A350 aircraft for scheduled maintenance in Abu Dhabi during the year.

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GAMECO Qingyuan Branch completed the first overhaul of a set of Boeing 737NG landing gears in late February.

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GKN Fokker Services has announced that 24 Fokker aircraft were placed in 2018. Currently, approximately 400 Fokker aircraft are operational worldwide.

 

In Europe, Swedish operator Amapola added 6 Fokker 50s to its fleet. It now has 22 Fokker 50s comprising both passenger aircraft as well as freighters. Amapola thus consolidates its position as the largest Fokker 50 operator. Dutch company ATS purchased a couple of Fokker 70s which will become operational in 2019, while it sold one to Cypriot operator TUS Aviation. Avanti Air, based in Germany, added a third Fokker 100 to its fleet to cater for increasing demand for wet leases.


In the Philippines, Leading Edge Air Services (LEASCOR) purchased four Fokker 50s increasing its Fokker 50 fleet size to 6. Also, an undisclosed operator purchased one Fokker 100.

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Honeywell and S7 Technics have agreed to create a repair facility – the first of its kind in Russia and CIS, to handle APUs – installed in the most popular aircraft of Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Sukhoi RRJ-95 families. S7 Technics has been granted the status of Honeywell Channel Partner, and will be capable of providing authorised services of 131-9?/B and RE-220 APUs. In 2019 the companies will agree on the production site location in the European part of Russia, start selecting and training personnel, and buy and install new equipment and test benches. S7 Technics will perform APU Depot Level Maintenance which is defined as total disassembly, inspection, repair,

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Magnetic MRO delivered the 100th Airbus A320 Family aircraft from a C check In March, an A320neo from SAS, 6 years and 3 months after the first.

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