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April 2015

AJW Group spares for easyJet and Monarch bookmark

AJW Group has been selected by easyJet to be the primary provider of the airline’s requirements for component maintenance, as well as the provision, storage and distribution of spare parts. The new multi-year contract will support the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus aircraft and was the result of a thorough and comprehensive tender process.


AJW will be responsible for component repair and overhaul; the supply of consumable parts, such as filters and lubricants; and management of the airline’s spares inventory, including the storage and distribution of easyJet’s own extensive component inventory, throughout its European network of 30 line stations.


The contract will start in October 2015, when easyJet’s fleet will total 241 aircraft. During the course of the contract, easyJet plans to take delivery of over 100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, including 51 Airbus A320neos, taking the fleet to 304 aircraft by 2020.


AJW has also signed a multi-year full power-by-the-hour agreement with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL). This agreement will supplement the component services provided by MAEL to Monarch Airlines’ fleet of 34 Airbus A320/321 aircraft.


Monarch Airlines is seeking to optimise its fleet utilisation via increased flight frequencies and by reducing its overall fleet to 34 narrowbody A320/321 aircraft, as it awaits new deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX from 2018. MAEL will focus on its core specialities of line and base maintenance, Part M technical services and technical training. This will enable AJW to assist with operational cost alignment through its PBH service which commenced in March.

Boeing flies ecoDemonstrator 757 bookmark

Boeing has begun several months of flights with its ecoDemonstrator 757 to evaluate new technologies to improve the efficiency of commercial aviation, as well as reducing noise and carbon emissions. Boeing is collaborating with TUI Group and NASA. The 757 flight tests continue the ecoDemonstrator Program’s multi-year effort to accelerate testing, refinement and the use of new technologies and methods to improve aviation’s environmental performance.


On the left wing, Boeing will evaluate technologies to reduce environmental effects on natural laminar flow as a way to improve aerodynamic efficiency. As an example, the ecoDemonstrator 757 will test a Krueger shield that can protect the leading edge from insects. Boeing is also under contract with NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project to test two technologies on the ecoDemonstrator 757: on the right wing, NASA will test bug-phobic coatings to reduce the residue left by bug strikes on the leading edges of aircraft wings – the goal being to enable more drag-reducing laminar flow over the remainder of the wing; on the vertical tail, NASA and Boeing are testing active flow control to improve airflow over the rudder, maximising its aerodynamic efficiency. Based on wind-tunnel testing, active flow control could improve the rudder’s efficiency by up to 20% and may allow for a smaller vertical tail design in the future.


TUI Group is collaborating with Boeing as a way to reduce carbon emissions. The Europe-based company, which includes six airlines, is preparing for a low-carbon future by reducing its environmental impact and encouraging its suppliers and customers to do the same.


With the exception of Boeing proprietary technology, knowledge gained from the collaboration between NASA and Boeing and the ecoDemonstrator research will be made available to the public in order to benefit the industry.


Later this year, Boeing will announce additional tests with the ecoDemonstrator 757, which was leased for testing purposes. After the flights are complete, Boeing will work with the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the lessor, Stifel’s aircraft finance division, to recycle the 757 using environmental best practices.


Since it was launched in 2011, the ecoDemonstrator Program has tested over 40 technologies with a Next-Generation 737 and a 787 Dreamliner.

MAEL's Danish GoldCare bookmark

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited has been contracted to provide MRO services at Boeing’s new facility at Copenhagen International Airport to support GoldCare customers in the region. Working as a partner of Boeing’s GoldCare programme, the aircraft maintenance provider will base a team of up to 20 engineers in Copenhagen. The base maintenance, which will be carried out in a hangar leased by Boeing, will include all levels of phased checks, service bulletins and defect rectification. The new two-year contract complements the existing line maintenance MAEL carries out at London Gatwick Airport.

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