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November 2015

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BAE relaunches jetspares bookmark
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has remodelled its JetSpares rate-per- flying-hour (RPFH) programme and signed Airlink, the largest independent regional airline in Southern Africa, as its first customer. The new three-year agreement, valid to the end of 2018, covers the Airlink fleet of 12 Avro RJ85 aircraft. Some 500 part numbers are covered under the new agreement, including landing gear components, windscreens and avionics. BAE Systems also provides an on-site rotable stock package at Airlink’s Johannesburg base.
 
Regional Aircraft was one of the first aerospace companies to introduce a RPFH programme over 20 years ago; it has now accumulated over three million flying hours on its two programmes: JetSpares for the BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet and MACRO (Material and Component Repair and Overhaul) for the turboprop fleet. The company has recently conducted an extensive review of its RPFH programmes with the main objective being to control costs to provide the stability to underpin these programmes for the future. Detailed discussions have been carried out with all the main vendors to secure long-term fixed price RPFH and repair and overhaul pricing with capped escalation rates.
 
Over 15 key vendors have now signed spares support agreements with BAE Systems. These vendors include AEM Limited, Avotec Limited, Eaton Aerospace, Honeywell, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Moog, Muirhead Aerospace, Oakenhurst Aircraft Services, Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing, PPA Group, PPG Aerospace, Revima APU, Thomas Electronics, Turner Aviation and Zodiac Aerospace.
 
Some 525 part numbers are now covered under these revised vendor arrangements, representing hydraulic and mechanical components, cabin oxygen cylinders/valves, flap electronic control unit and printed circuit boards, avionics components, motion technology products, aircraft brakes, transparencies, electronic displays and wiring products, precision control components and systems and onboard systems.
AEI get major 737 freighter order bookmark
Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has announced that Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has placed an order for 15 AEI Boeing 737-800SF conversions, with options for an additional 15 freighters. AEI will commence the conformity 737-800SF modification in 2016 and expects to receive FAA STC in 2017. To date, and accounting for recent firm orders and options, the potential orders for the AEI 737-800SF have now reached a total of 50 aircraft.
 
In October 2014, AEI formally launched the 737-800SF passenger-to-freighter and combi programme, in conjunction with the announcement of AEI finalising an agreement with Boeing to license engineering data for the 737-800/-900 aircraft. The AEI 737-800SF converted freighter will be able to accommodate 11 88in x 125in AAA full height containers or pallets and one AEP/AEH container for a total of 12 positions. Depending upon the aircraft model and aircraft weight limits, the AEI 737-800SF will be able to carry a payload of up to 23,587kg. Additionally, the freighter will incorporate an 86in x 140in main cargo door and will include up to five supernumerary seats.
TRJet and Pratt & Whitney announce engine plans bookmark
TRJet has announced an agreement on plans to use Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) to upgrade and supply PW306B engines for TRJ328 aircraft. The memorandum of understanding involves Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) German-based subsidiary 328 Support Services, the current Type Certificate holder and a major partner in TRJet’s aircraft production. Work on the PW306B for the 32-passenger TRJ328 aircraft series will commence at P&WC’s Longueuil, QC, facility in 2016, kicking off a production schedule that will culminate in production and flight of the first TRJ328 aircraft by 2019. During this time, work will also be underway on a turboprop engine for the T328 aircraft.
 
Design activities will be initiated in parallel for the new 628 aircraft series. This aircraft will be a clean sheet design, marking the Republic of Turkey’s first domestically-designed passenger aircraft. The first flight of the 628 series is anticipated for 2023, in honour of Turkey’s centennial.
 
The 328 is currently certified in 85 nations around the world and is in use in countries including the US, Switzerland, Germany, the UK and Denmark.
SR Technics expands cabin work bookmark
SR Technics has secured an order from Air Europa of Spain to upgrade 12 of its Airbus A330 cabin interiors. The work will be carried out in Zurich. The contract period runs from January to June 2016. Three aircraft will be fitted with Stelia business class seats, as well as Zodiac Inflight Innovations RAVE IFE systems and high-speed wireless connectivity capabilities. Additionally, the three A330s, as well as nine further aircraft, will be equipped with the Panasonic Avionics Global Communication Suite (GCS).
 
The company has also secured an additional order from Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) for cabin modifications on a further four Airbus A340 aircraft. This follows SR Technics’ successful delivery to SAS of four of seven widebody cabin interiors that it was already contracted to modify (see MRO Management, September 2015). The four new modification projects are similar to another programme already in progress with SAS because they also involve the replacement of A340 Business, Premium Economy and Economy class seats, coupled with the renewal of the IFE and in-seat power systems. The new IFE system, which also consists of the Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ RAVE solution and Panasonic Avionics’ GCS, will enable wireless communication throughout the cabin. Moreover, new galleys and stowage are to be installed along with LED mood lighting.

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