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June 2016

AEI gets major Boeing 737-800 freighter deal bookmark

Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) has signed an agreement to provide up to 30 12 pallet position Boeing 737-800SF conversions with an undisclosed customer. The agreement calls for 15 firm orders with an additional 15 options. The modifications for the customer will begin in late 2018 with deliveries beginning in 2019. To date, and including this recent announcement, AEI has received a total of 80 firm orders and commitments for its 12 pallet position 737-800SF.


The conformity aircraft for the conversion programme arrived at Commercial Jet in Miami in early May. Owned by GECAS, it was built in 1999 and previously operated by Corendon Airlines in Turkey. Conversion and the subsequent certification process are scheduled to take approximately a year. GECAS plans to convert up to 20 aircraft, with conversions to be performed at authorised AEI Conversion Centers at facilities in the US and Asia.


The AEI 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 it will be able to carry a payload of up to 52,000lb (23,587kg). Additionally, it will incorporate an 86in x 140in main cargo door and will include up to five supernumerary seats.

New Malaysian MRO joint venture for LHT bookmark

Lufthansa Technik and Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad have signed a Terms of Reference in Kuala Lumpur on a strategic partnership framework for a joint venture (JV) to establish a regional MRO facility. The MRO facility, planned for 2017, would be based at Malaysia Airlines’ existing facilities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and service the Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737. The formation of the JV will be subject to inter alia, approvals from the competent regulatory authorities and the signing of definitive agreements.

Safran and AFI KLM E&M sign blade joint venture bookmark

Safran Aircraft Engines and AFI KLM E&M have signed an MoU to create a joint company dedicated to the repair of aircraft engine compressor blades. The new company’s business will specifically concern CFM56 engines from CFM International (Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families), the GE90 from General Electric (powering the Boeing 777) and the GP7200 from the Engine Alliance (for the Airbus A380). The two partners will invest over €20 million in the new company, which will be 51% owned by Safran Aircraft Engines and 49% by Air France KLM; it is scheduled to start operations in late 2017.


The company will be based in northern France at the Sars et Rosière business park in La Porte du Hainaut. The new plant will cover 15,000m², offering all the machinery and equipment needed to repair the engine parts, including high-tech metallurgical processes. After reaching full production capacity in 2020, the company should have a total of 200 to 250 employees. It will apply innovative management methods, largely based on team creativity and employee empowerment.

Qantas extends Spairliners contract bookmark

Qantas Airways has renewed its Airbus A380 Integrated Component Care contract with Spairliners until 2025. Spairliners has been providing support since its entry into service in 2008. The contract is effective from 1 January 2016 and covers component pooling and repair solutions of all Line Replaceable Units for Qantas’ 12 Airbus A380 aircraft. As a result of the new agreement the contract provides an additional transportation service to and from Qantas’ home base in Sydney and all line stations. 


The contracted services include the scope of about 1,000 part numbers in total. Qantas has 14 daily flights connecting Sydney and Melbourne to Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Dallas. Since operation of Qantas’ first A380 in 2008, Spairliners has served the airline for over 350,000 flight hours.

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