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July 2017

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AIRBUS MRO ALLIANCE bookmark

Airbus has launched the Airbus MRO Alliance (AMA). Going forward, this will be a key part of Airbus’ strategy to grow efficient and high quality services worldwide, and will address the increasing demand for MRO services forecast for the next 20 years.

 

The AMA will comprise MRO members with high standards and proven expertise in airframe heavy maintenance from around the world. By combining the industrial capacities of well-established MROs with the engineering knowledge and newly unveiled digital capabilities of Airbus, AMA aims to optimise heavy maintenance turnaround time and maximise added-value on the aircraft during shop visit downtime.

 

The selection process to enter the selection process to enter the alliance is based on specific and demonstrated criteria in terms of industrial capabilities, capacities, performance and quality. Each candidate member will be audited by an Airbus team in order for the MROs to demonstrate that they comply with Airbus’ high standards of quality and performance. To this end, the first agreements to be involved in Airbus MRO Alliance have recently been signed with a number of leading and globally positioned MROs: AAR, Aeroman, Sabena technics, Etihad Airways Engineering, GAMECO and China Airlines.

 

Under the membership scheme, Airbus will support the participating MROs in the enhancement of their performance and will provide them access to a wide portfolio of services to deliver best in class customer solutions. This will leverage Airbus services such as FHS, upgrades and Satair Group parts capability. This collaborative environment will provide airlines with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for maintenance, SB and cabin embodiment and they can be offered ‘Part 145’ turnkey solutions to minimise ground time and maximise value on their aircraft.

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GE/ SIAEC ENGINE MRO JV bookmark

GE Aviation and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) have agreed to establish a new engine overhaul joint venture based in Singapore. The joint venture will provide a full range of engine MRO services for the GE90 and GE9X engines. The GE90 engine exclusively powers the Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR, and the GE9X engine is the sole engine selection for the Boeing 777X aircraft. 

 

The formation of the joint venture, where GE will have a 51% equity stake, SIAEC holding the remaining 49%, is subject to finalisation of the definitive agreements and receipt of required regulatory approvals. This partnership, which is expected to have benefits to and beyond the SIA Group, is made possible by Singapore Airlines’ announcement in February 2017 of a letter of intent for 39 Boeing widebody aircraft valued at $13.8 billion, which includes 20 777-9s powered by GE9X engines. SIA is also a major operator of GE90-powered 777-300ERs.

 

The joint venture will establish a state-of-the-art facility, adopting GE’s ‘Brilliant Factory’ concepts, combining advanced technologies and lean practices with digitisation and data analytics to enhance productivity.

 

Based in Singapore in order to handle SIA Group as well as third-party MRO work, the joint venture will also present opportunities for Singapore in terms of job creation, training and additional service offerings at the Singapore hub.

BEDEK P2F IN MEXICO… bookmark

The Bedek Aviation Group of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will open an aircraft conversion site in Mexico City for the conversion of Boeing 767-300s into freighters, to be run by Mexicana MRO Services as Bedek’s sub-contractor. The first aircraft for conversion is expected to be inducted by the end of June, with an order for number of aircraft. Dozens of Mexicana employees, including structural engineers, electricians, mechanics and engineers employed in maintenance of aircraft of the 767-300 have undergone training at IAI. 

 

In light of market forecasts of continued growth in the demand for conversion into freighters, IAI estimates that the collaboration with Mexicana will yield projects worth tens of millions of dollars in the coming years. As owners of the STC for the conversion, IAI will retain engineering authority and overall responsibility for the conversions performed at the conversion site.

…AND IN CHINA bookmark

The Bedek Aviation Group of Israel Aerospace Industries has recently signed a partnership agreement with Haite Group, through its subsidiary Tianjin Aircraft Engineering Company (TAECO), to co-develop a programme for conversion of the Boeing 737NG passenger aircraft into a special freighter.

 

Bedek and Tianjin expect the new partnership will be up and running quickly so that the first converted 737-700 aircraft is certified and delivered to their launching customer. Development of a programme for passenger to special freighter conversion of Boeing 737-800 has already begun under the same co-development cooperation. If the project progresses according to schedule, it is expected to make Bedek one of the first suppliers to reach the market with a certified STC.

GOLDCARE GOES GLOBAL bookmark

Boeing has announced that its portfolio of fleet services – formerly known as GoldCare – continues to realign to meet customer needs in the form of Boeing Global Fleet Care. This evolution reflects the fleet-wide nature of the service offering and aligns to the Boeing Global Services business unit, set to launch 1 July.

 

The Global Fleet Care designation better reflects the scope and breadth of the current fleet services portfolio, as Boeing and the services market continue to grow. This suite of services, launched in 2005, continues to be a flexible, subscription-based maintenance services proposition for air operators. The updated naming convention extends also to the three main Boeing Global Fleet
Care service levels: Fleet Engineering Solutions, Fleet Material Solutions and Fleet Integrated Solutions.

 

Boeing Global Fleet Care provides point solutions in the form of Engineering, Materials and Maintenance programmes for air operators, accomplished through the use of decades of fleet data management, industry-leading technologies, and proprietary analytics and processes.

 

Tailored to the individual airline, Boeing Global Fleet Care is a high-value, low-risk and efficient fleet maintenance operations solution that gives customers a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Boeing has substantially grown its Boeing Global Fleet Care subscriptions, and now provides support for more than 60 customers and over 2,500 airplanes.

 

As of 1 July, Boeing Global Fleet Care will reside in Boeing Global Services, a new dedicated services business focused on the needs of global defence, space and commercial customers.

INMARSAT AND AIRBUS TEAM FOR EAN bookmark

Inmarsat has announced a strategic partnership for its new European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight broadband service with Airbus. The airframe OEM will offer airlines a specialist retrofit solution to deploy EAN on the entire A320 Family of aircraft, which form the backbone of many leading airline fleets in Europe.

 

The Airbus retrofit solution consists of modification kits with all cabin network equipment required for EAN deployment. It also includes Service Bulletins (SBs) that detail the tasks and materials needed for installation and also certify the airworthiness of related modification work. Airlines can procure the new solution directly through Airbus or Inmarsat, with both partners forecasting that more than 750 aircraft could be retrofitted with EAN over the next three years.

 

The partnership with Airbus marks a further key achievement for EAN. In addition to its function as an inflight broadband solution, the agreement also contains provisions for airlines to utilise EAN for advanced aircraft maintenance and operations management, leading to increased efficiencies and important cost reductions.

 

EAN is based on a unique infrastructure, which brings together a dedicated S-band satellite and complementary ground network, to offer a fully integrated and seamless network that delivers the service quality and performance assurance not offered by satellite-only providers. Because of its unique design, EAN can also be scaled more easily and cost-effectively to match demand. The network is on course to commence commercial services in the second half of 2017.


EAN allows European passengers to use their personal devices for internet browsing, video streaming, gaming and other online services, with high capacity, low-latency performance. EAN’s robust and ultra-compact technology makes it uniquely qualified for European airspace, where aircraft size, flight density and frequent aircraft manoeuvring are challenging for broadband satellite-only systems.

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