MRO News Briefs, Feb. 28-March 6, 2021

Mar 05, 2021
Global Boosts Services Portfolio Global Aerospace Design Corporation has obtained FAA approval for Boeing 777-300 passenger to cargo conversions. It…

Lufthansa Technik Revenues Down 43% In 2020

By Sean Broderick Mar 04, 2021
Airline maintenance needs fell along with demand for passenger flights, with the drop in internal revenue outpacing that generated by third-party work. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Fast 5: Air Works Buoyant About India's Recovering Aftermarket

By James Pozzi Mar 04, 2021
COVID-19 threatened to slow down India's aftermarket ambitions but domestic MROs are seeing a long-term route to recovery. Anand Baskar, CEO of Air Works, talks about where it is seeing repair opportunities and how the industry can benefit from Indian government support strategies.

Jet MS Acquires UK Interiors Specialist

By James Pozzi Mar 04, 2021
Jet Maintenance Solutions (Jet MS), a provider of base and line maintenance services for business and regional aircraft, has announced the…

SIA Engineering Unveils Engine Services Division

By James Pozzi Mar 04, 2021
Singapore-based SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) has established a new engine MRO division initially providing quick turn shop visits and light…

SR Technics Could Sell Its Malaysia Component Shop to SIAEC

By Lee Ann Shay Mar 03, 2021
SIA Engineering Co. starts due diligence for part or all of the Malaysian facility’s capabilities.

How 5G Connectivity Could Make Aircraft Composite Repairs More Efficient

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Mar 02, 2021
GMI Aero is participating in the European EVOLVED-5G project to test how connectivity could be used to digitalize composite repair processes.
Emerging Technologies

MROs Still Innovating Despite Pandemic Restraints

By Henry Canaday Mar 02, 2021
The virus crisis has been very tough on digital innovators throughout commercial aviation. Indeed, airlines slashed IT spending from nearly $50…

Podcast: How Will The Line Maintenance Segment Recover Post-Crisis?

By James Pozzi Mar 01, 2021
Line maintenance across the world was immediately impacted following the outbreak of COVID-19 but the market could start to recover this year. In this MRO podcast, Jacco Klerk, CEO of Direct Maintenance, talks about the prospect of aircraft returning to service and ramping up operations to meet MRO demand.
Workforce & Training

IAG Notes MRO Pressures

By Alex Derber Mar 01, 2021
Airline group IAG has noted a big drop in sales for subsidiary Iberia Maintenance. The parent of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus…

MRO News Briefs, Feb. 21-27, 2021

Feb 26, 2021
ATS Completes 737 Freighter Check ATS completed its first Boeing 737-800 freighter heavy check at its hangar location in Everett, Washington, in mid…

Fast 5: ATS Work Hints At Transitioning Fleet

By Lee Ann Shay Feb 26, 2021
ATS President and COO Paul Dolan talks about how the Everett, Washington-based MRO is handling the shifting airframe MRO, along with new customers. 

As China Targets 2021 Passenger Recovery, Domestic MROs Add Capabilities

By Henry Canaday Feb 25, 2021
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is aiming for a total of 590 million airline passengers in 2021, 90% of the pre-COVID levels. It…

Airbus Flags Importance Of Aerostructures

By Alex Derber Feb 25, 2021
As conventional turbofan engines brush up against the limits of what is possible regarding fuel efficiency, the next big improvement is likely to be…

Amazon Air Seeks MRO Managers As Online Boom Drives Express Cargo Conversions

By Henry Canaday Feb 24, 2021
There’s a lot more than missing belly capacity driving cargo conversions and freighter growth. Perhaps far more durably, the online sales boom is…

MRO And The State

By Alex Derber Feb 22, 2021
In 2020 total airline debt increased about 40% to around $600 billion. Some of this is owed to banks and some to lessors, but most of the increase…

Florida Engine Shop Expands CFM56 Portfolio

By James Pozzi Feb 22, 2021
Global Engine Maintenance (GEM) is to expand its CFM56 repair portfolio by adding services for the -5B variant from March. The Doral, Florida…

Air France-KLM Woes Hit MRO Unit

By Alex Derber Feb 22, 2021
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has reported results broadly in line with the pain felt by much of the MRO sector last year. In…

MRO News Briefs, Feb. 14-20, 2021

Feb 19, 2021
FEAM Partners with Sunaero on Fuel System Repairs FEAM has partnered with Sunaero-Americas to provide on-site fuel system repair services at FEAM’s…

Fast 5: FEAM Pursues Technology and Workforce Diversity Initiatives

By Lindsay Bjerregaard Feb 18, 2021
Managing director Cam Murphy talks about how FEAM is focusing on technology, scalability and diversity to grow its business.

Transdigm Sees Modest Improvement In Crucial Airline Aftermarket

By Henry Canaday Feb 18, 2021
The Transdigm Group, which traditionally counts heavily on commercial aviation for sales and on the commercial aftermarket for profitability, saw…

Skyways Technics Expands Capacity, Capabilities In Asia-Pacific

By James Pozzi Feb 16, 2021
Regional aircraft MRO provider Skyways Technics has added further capacity at its facility in Malaysia while also bolstering its repair capabilities…

Parts Providers Stake Out Positions

By Alex Derber Feb 16, 2021
With many aviation companies expecting the start of a recovery in the second half of the year, different sections of the aftermarket are jostling for…

FEAM To Open Extended Miami Hangar In Summer 2021

By James Pozzi Feb 15, 2021
Line maintenance provider FEAM Maintenance Engineering expects the final furnishings of its expanded facility in Miami to be completed by June 2021…

MRO Labor Market Changes During COVID-19 Crisis

By Henry Canaday Feb 15, 2021
The many challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis was expected to have a least one benefit: the easing of the shortage of aircraft mechanics…