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August 2016

ATR opens new MRO base bookmark

The new site amalgamates Part 145 MRO activities for customers worldwide and related Part 147 on-the-job training activities. Qualified ATR teams based at the site will provide services to operators, either in the form of major maintenance work in coordination with the design offices or via secondments to the customer. The company is also transferring its test flying from Blagnac to Francazal. The ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 prototypes will be prepared for testing and analysing new technologies.


The hangar, which can accommodate two aircraft, required a total overhaul and adaptation, although everything possible was done to preserve the historic architecture of the structure, built in 1934. ATR has now launched the construction of a 1,200m² building to accommodate up to 80 people.

Airbus sees bright outlook for services bookmark

This forecast predicts that over the next 20 years the total industry aftermarket services spend will reach $3 trillion. Of this total, the cumulative value of MRO activity will exceed $1.8 trillion by the year 2035. On an annual basis, Airbus predicts that the MRO spend will grow from $53 billion to over $132 billion per year, representing an average year-on-year growth of 4.6%.


Aftermarket services activity is inherently linked to the growth of the passenger fleet in general – which will more than double from 19,500 commercial aircraft over 100 seats at the end of 2015 to almost 40,000 by the year 2035. Consequently, the need for pilots and technicians will commensurably increase. Today there are an estimated 200,000 active pilots who fly passenger aircraft. Airbus’ GSF predicts that this is set grow to some 450,000 pilots by 2035. Furthermore, this absolute total number of active pilots needed by the year 2035, plus the need to replace flight-crew who retire during the next 20 years will result in the need to train as many as 560,000 new pilots over this period. In terms of technical staff needed, the Airbus GSF predicts a requirement to train approximately 540,000 new technicians who will fulfil various duties across airframe, engines, and components domains.


Of particular note, with the accelerating demand for aviation and its burgeoning airline fleets, Asia-Pacific will represent the largest portion of the market for both MRO activity and the need for new qualified pilots and technicians, while Europe and North America combined will account for approximately one third of the total MRO market spend.


Services By Airbus is the Airbus business unit tasked with addressing Airbus customers’ aftermarket needs, which is clustered around four principle domains: Maintenance; Upgrades; Training and Flight Operations. For supporting customers’ maintenance and operational needs, Airbus’ dedicated global material services subsidiary Satair Group ensures reactivity for airlines and MROs worldwide for spare parts. In addition, Flight Hour and Total Support Package (FHS & TSP) services provide flexible and tailor-made solutions for availability and maintenance ‘by the hour’. With Airbus’ Upgrades Services, customers’ aircraft stay up-to-date with the latest aerodynamic enhancements (such as Sharklets), state-of-the-art avionics and data communications, tailored aircraft mission configurations and take-off weights, passenger connectivity solutions and the most comfortable and well-equipped cabins.


Moreover, the latest Airbus Training techniques and tools – supported by 11 strategically located training centres, with more being added – will ensure there are the qualified pilots, cabin crew and maintenance staff available to support the arrival of thousands of new aircraft into the airlines’ fleets.


Last but not least, regarding Flight Operations, Airbus’ new NAVBLUE subsidiary – launched at Farnborough Air Show 2016, following Airbus’ acquisition of Navtech – will provide airlines with individually customised aeronautical information and ATM solutions, not just for their fleets of Airbus aircraft, but also for aircraft made by other manufacturers.

Boeing sees a need for many more technicians bookmark

Boeing says the expansion of global economies and deliveries to airlines of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years means there is extraordinary demand for people to fly and maintain these aircraft. Between now and 2035, the aviation industry will need to supply more than 2 million new aviation personnel: 679,000 maintenance technicians, 617,000 commercial airline pilot, and 814,000 cabin crew.


Meeting this demand will require innovative solutions, focused on educational outreach and career pipeline programs, to inspire the next generation of technicians, pilots and cabin crew. New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s workforce.


For maintenance, as newer generation aircraft become more prevalent in worldwide fleets over the next 20 years, reliability will improve, and maintenance check intervals will lengthen. Although this trend will moderate demand for maintenance personnel somewhat, the global need for technicians will remain strong as global fleet growth, along with the increasing trend for operators to outsource maintenance, repair, and overhaul activities to third-party providers, will drive an increased need for qualified technicians.


Regional requirements:


New technicians

Asia Pacific




North America


Latin America


Middle East




Russia / CIS




Pratt & Whitney invests in GTF MRO bookmark

It will maintain the PW1100G-JM for the Airbus A320neo Family and the PW1500G for the Bombardier C Series. In addition, it will look after the V2500 and PW2000, and F117 and F100 military engines.


The centre’s new GTF engine facilities will include disassembly, inspection, assembly and test capability. Construction will start this year on a new test facility adjacent to the existing test cell. In addition to the $65 million investment, Pratt & Whitney has been investing in upgrading this facility over the past several years, including adding GTF engine MRO capabilities.


Other planned GTF engine maintenance locations include Pratt & Whitney’s engine centre in Christchurch, New Zealand; MTU Maintenance in Hanover, Germany; and JAEC’s IHI Corporation overhaul centre in Mizuho, Japan.

First A330-300PTF deal signed by DHL bookmark

Under the agreement, EFW will convert four Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft to a 26-pallet cargo configuration, capable of carrying up to 61 tonnes of payload. The first aircraft will be inducted into EFW’s Dresden-based facilities in July 2016, scheduled for redelivery to DHL Express by the end of 2017.


The A330P2F conversion programme, launched in 2012 is a collaboration between Airbus, EFW and ST Aerospace. ST Aerospace, as the programme and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the supplemental type certificates for the freighter conversions, from EASA and FAA. Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialisation phase and marketing for the freighter conversion programme.


The A330P2F programme includes two versions – the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. Of the two variants, the larger A330-300P2F is suited for integrators and express carriers due to its high volumetric payload capability with lower-density cargo. Complementing this will be the A330-200P2F, which is optimised for higher-density freight and longer range performance.


DHL Express is EFW’s first customer for the A330-300P2F conversion programme, while a launch contract with EGYPTAIR Cargo was secured in December 2014, for the A330-200P2F conversion programme.

MRJ MRO partners announced bookmark

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has selected three companies as the MRJ preferred airframe MRO partners in North America and Asia, and signed separate LoIs with HAECO Americas, PEMCO World Air Services and MRO Japan for future collaboration to provide these services. Based on these commitments, Mitsubishi Aircraft intends to conclude a definitive agreement with each company in the near future. It will propose to customers these three companies as the MRJ preferred airframe MRO partners, which will provide high-quality MRO services.


Peter Turner, Deputy Head of Customer Support Division, Mitsubishi Aircraft, said: “The conclusion of these LoIs with our initial MRJ preferred airframe MRO partners will greatly strengthen our customer support capabilities for our aircraft MRO services. Through collaborative efforts with these three companies during flight test and in advance of entry into service, we will reinforce and enhance our customer support network and infrastructure to exceed our customers’ expectations as they bring the MRJ aircraft into service. We will continue to identify and appoint MRJ preferred airframe MRO partners strategically determined by regional requirements as the worldwide network of MRJ operators continues to expand.”

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