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October 2017

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BOEING/MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO DEVELOP MRO bookmark

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines have signed a Global Fleet Care service agreement covering the airline’s current and future Boeing aircraft. They will also develop 737 MAX, 787 and 737NG services at the airline’s existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur. The announcement was made simultaneously with the signing of an MoU for eight 787-9 Dreamliners (converting eight existing 737 MAX orders) and eight additional purchase rights for the 737 MAX 8. Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.

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NEW HANGAR FOR SAE bookmark

Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) officially opened its second hangar on 21 September and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the independent MRO centre. The 12,000m² hangar boosts SAE’s capacity to handle the Airbus A320 Family, and can accommodate two of the aircraft at any time for major maintenance checks. It also features Malaysia’s first eco-friendly closed-door dedicated paint bay, as well as workshops for the repair and overhaul of a wide range of components used on Airbus aircraft, including hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

 

SAE’s first hangar, which opened in 2007, has a floor area of 37,000m², and can accommodate up to six single-aisle aircraft or two widebody aircraft at any one time. It has completed 500 C checks.

 

In addition to its commercial aircraft activities, SAE provides spare parts and technical support services to the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of Airbus A400M military airlifters. The facility also houses a major regional inventory of spare parts for Airbus A320 Family, A330 and A380 aircraft for airlines that have selected the Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) total support package for their fleets.

 

SAE employs some 500 people. Its customers include the AirAsia Group, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar Asia, Malindo Air, MASWings, Scoot, and VietJet Air.

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CHINESE COMPLETION CENTRE FOR AIRBUS bookmark

Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and strategic partnership with China. At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the C&DC was handed over to Tianjin Airlines. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the A330 C&DC covers aircraft completion activities, including cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight tests, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery. Some 150 C&DC staff members were trained by Airbus experts in Toulouse, France. The new plant is composed of a paint shop, weighing hangar, and one main hangar with three aircraft positions covering an area of 16,800m². The A330 C&DC in Tianjin will employ more than 250 people and is ready to deliver two aircraft per month by early 2019.

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