Rolling Daily Updates
May 26, 2023
Triumph Wins GE Leap Contract
General Electric has awarded Triumph Group’s Geared Solutions business a long-term agreement to perform work on the inlet gearboxes for Leap-1A/-1B/-1C programs. Triumph will perform the work at its facility in Macomb, Michigan.
Pratt Renews Engine Health Monitoring Contract
Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a contract extending its use of CAMP’s engine health monitoring (EHM) data analysis service through 2040 for all its turbofan, turboshaft and turboprop engines. It has used the service since 2010, and CAMP currently provides EHM data analysis to 25,000 in-service Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.
May 25, 2023
AEI Receives Argentinian STC Approval
Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil has approved the supplemental type certificate for Aeronautical Engineers’ (AEI) Boeing B737-800SF freighter conversion. AEI has also gained approvals for the conversion from regulators in the U.S., Europe, UK, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, China, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia and Egypt.
Aero Design Labs Gets Drag Reduction Kit STC
The FAA has awarded a supplemental type certificate to Aero Design Labs for its Boeing 737-800 drag reduction kit. Delta Air Lines partnered with Aero Design Labs for installation and testing of the kit, and it will be flying the certified kit in revenue service in the weeks ahead.
May 24, 2023
New Supply Chain Director At Nasmyth
Nasmyth, a provider of precision engineering and metal treatment for aerospace and other industries, has appointed Jason Whittle as its new supply chain director. Whittle has previously held supply chain and engineering roles at Nasmyth, Sigma Components and Meggitt.
HAECO Hong Kong, Finnair Extend Base Maintenance Contract
HAECO Hong Kong has signed an extended base maintenance contract with Finnair to support their fleet of Airbus A330 and A350 aircraft through 2026.
Ametek Expands BizAv MRO Capabilities
Ametek is expanding its global business jet MRO capabilities through new facilities and capabilities. Ametek MRO Singapore will establish a new wheel and brake repair shop for the Asia-Pacific business jet market, and Ametek MRO AEM in the UK has expanded its heat exchanger capability to deliver repairs for Airbus Corporate Jets and Boeing Business Jets.
May 22, 2023
Air Algerie, Mauritania Airline Sign Cooperation Agreement
Air Algerie and Mauritania Airline have signed a memorandum of understanding covering training, aircraft maintenance and commercial cooperation. Maintenance services for Mauritania Airlines will be provided at Air Algerie’s specialized center.
GA Telesis Names Power Solutions Team VP
GA Telesis has promoted Jay Meshay to the position of vice president of the Power Solutions Team within the company's Flight Solutions Group. Meshay's career in aviation spans nearly 30 years, encompassing all sales and technical supply chain management areas.
May 19, 2023
Avensis Lands NAVIS P2F Launch Customer
Germany-based Universal Sky Carrier will be the launch customer for Avensis Aviation’s NAVIS passenger-to-freighter conversion program, which entails a full conversion with a main deck cargo door and cargo loading system. The carrier’s Airbus A340-300 and A340-600 aircraft—which are currently operating with Avensis’ MEDIUS cargo modification—will receive the NAVIS conversion.
Werner Aero Acquires A319s For Teardown
Aviation asset management and logistics provider Werner Aero has acquired two Airbus A319s for teardown. Spares from the aircraft, which are located in the U.S. and Europe, will be added to its A320 inventory.
May 18, 2023
Marshall Gets AMT Program Funding
Marshall University will receive $1 million from the Small Business Administration to continue supporting aviation workforce development. Bill Noe, chief aviation officer at Marshall, says the funds will be used to purchase new fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft for its flight school and to continue renovations to its aviation maintenance facility.
AMT School Offering 90% Tuition Scholarships
Epic Flight Academy has announced it will be offering a 90% tuition scholarship to selected students for training in its aircraft mechanic program at its New Smyrna Beach, Florida campus. The scholarships will cover $27,000 worth of training costs for the 19-month program.
May 17, 2023
Airbus Lands A330 Maintenance Contract
Latin American carrier Boliviana de Aviacion has signed an Airbus Flight Hour Services agreement for maintenance-by-the-hour support of its leased A330-200 fleet. The contract covers repair and integrated component services, including an on-site stock pool at Viru Viru International Airport in Bolivia.
Triumph Wins ITP Aero MRO Contract
ITP Aero has awarded Triumph Group’s Product Support business a multi-year contract to provide MRO support on accessory components including propeller gearboxes, hydromechanical units, oil scavenge and fuel boost pumps, and anti-icing and overspeed drain valves.
May 16, 2023
New Mesa Airlines VP Maintenance
Mesa Airlines has appointed Lorraine DiMarco as its new vice president of maintenance. She replaces Christian Daoud, who has resigned from the company. DiMarco most recently served as vice president of technical operations at Eastern Airlines following senior maintenance positions at Air Canada and JetBlue.
Rolls-Royce, Philippines Airlines Sign TotalCare Agreement
Rolls- Royce has signed a TotalCare service agreement with Philippines Airlines for Trent XWB-97 engines that will power carrier’s nine Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.
May 15, 2023
LHT Pens SmartLynx Parts Support Deal
Lufthansa Technik has signed a seven-year contract with SmartLynx Airlines, a cargo and charter services provider, to provide total component support for its entire fleet. The recently signed contract covers more than 60 aircraft, including 53 Airbus A320s, 10 A330s and four Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
BSA Gains UK CAA, EASA Part Approvals
The British School of Aviation (BSA) has gained UK CAA and EASA Part 147 type approval for AI.
May 12, 2023
SmartLynx Picks Lufthansa Technik For Component Support
Lufthansa Technik has signed a seven-year Total Component Support contract with SmartLynx covering more than 60 aircraft, including 53 Airbus A320s, 10 A330s and four Boeing 737 MAXs. The contract includes services such as spare parts pooling and component MRO.
Triumph, Moog Partner On 787 MRO
Triumph Group and Moog have signed a five-year agreement to provide MRO services for Boeing 787 landing gear and cargo door actuation control systems. The services will be provided to an Asia-Pacific operator from Triumph’s Actuation Products & Services facilities in Clemmons, North Carolina and Yakima, Washington.
May 11, 2023
Farsound Plans New San Antonio Facility
Farsound has announced plans to open a new facility in San Antonio, Texas this summer that will serve as a base for its aftermarket activities in the Americas. The company’s U.S. growth will be led by Matt Berkebile, who was appointed as President of Farsound USA earlier this month.
SIA Engineering Plans Training, Upskilling Focus
In its FY2022-23 results, SIA Engineering Group reported that its adoption of Lean practices has yielded additional base maintenance capacity. It says it plans to focus on workforce training and upskilling to continuously improve productivity and efficiency.
May 10, 2023
MYAirline Signs Honeywell APU Contract
Honeywell has secured a maintenance contract with Malaysian low-cost carrier MYAirline for the 131-9A auxiliary power units (APU) on its fleet of Airbus A320s. Under the five-year, non-exclusive maintenance contract it will provide services for the APUs on MYAirline’s entire A320 fleet, which is expected to grow from 22 to 55 aircraft over the next three years.
TransDigm Acquires Calspan
TransDigm has completed its acquisition of Calspan, an independent provider of testing and technology development services and systems for the aerospace and defense industry. Headquartered in Buffalo, New York with facilities across the U.S., Calspan’s transonic wind tunnel in Buffalo is used in aftermarket-focused development activities for commercial and defense aerospace markets.
May 09, 2023
Avia Solutions Group Sets Up Dublin Headquarters
Avia Solutions Group has moved its global headquarters to Dublin, a move which it says will make it the second-largest Irish-registered aviation business behind Ryanair. CEO Jonas Janukenas says the move to be closer to Ireland’s aviation community “is a strategically important step for us in terms of our further development plans.”
Lufthansa Technik Signs JetSMART Contract
Lufthansa Technik has signed a five-year contract with Chilean carrier JetSMART for continuing airworthiness management organization support and aircraft engineering services. It has already begun on-site support for the airline in Santiago, with the collaboration initially covering 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft.
May 08, 2023
FEAM Launches SAN Line Station
FEAM Aero has launched a new line station at San Diego International Airport (SAN) that will support the Airbus A330 platform, with plans to expand support on additional aircraft types. The station, its 52nd worldwide, will offer capabilities including line maintenance and on-wing AOG support.
VSE Plans Desser Acquisition
VSE Corporation has entered a definitive agreement to acquire aftermarket services provider and distributor Desser Holding Company. It expects to close the acquisition within 90 days, subject to regulatory approvals. VSE also plans to immediately sell Desser Aerospace’s Proprietary Solutions businesses to A&D component manufacturer and supplier Loar Group.
May 05, 2023
ICAO Data Shows Growth In Female AMTs
The International Civil Aviation Organization has released global survey data that shows the percentage of female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians grew from 2.7% in 2016 to 3% in 2021. Increases were seen in all regions except for the Middle East and Africa, with the highest increases in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American/Caribbean regions. The survey shows Asia-Pacific has the highest percentage of women in these roles, at 4.4%.
AMP Aero Services Acquires Major Parts Inventory
AMP Aero Services has acquired an inventory of more than 88,000 parts. It says the lots include aircraft engine material for CFM International CFM56 and CF6-80C2, and Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and V2500 engines, as well as Boeing and Airbus airframe parts. It says the inventory will be positioned in Miami and Arkansas and available for purchase in the next 30-45 days.
May 04, 2023
Acumen Aviation Gets 737 MAX CAMO Approval
Acumen Aviation has received continuing airworthiness management organization (CAMO) approval for Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft, including the CFM Leap-1B engine, from the Irish Aviation Authority. It recently secured Airbus A320neo family CAMO from the Irish regulator.
HAECO ITM Extends Nippon Cargo Airlines Deal
HAECO ITM Limited has signed a seven-year contract extension with Nippon Cargo Airlines. Under the agreement it will provide inventory technical management services, including components and component repair management, AOG support and logistics, for the airline’s Boeing 747-8F fleet.
May 03, 2023
New Farsound USA President
Matt Berkebile has been appointed as the new president of Farsound USA, where he will oversee Farsound’s operations and growth in North America. Berkebile has more than 17 years of experience in gas turbine, aviation and power generation engineering roles.
GATES Makes Philippines Headway
GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES) has secured a new CFM56-5B MRO contract with Philippines AirAsia. It will carry out work in its Helsinki, Finland facility. GATES has also received Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines certification for its engine MRO shop in Helsinki.
May 02, 2023
GA Telesis Management Changes
GA Telesis has implemented several management changes in its MRO Services Component and Landing Gear operations. It has appointed Nelson Llompart as vice president and general manager, and Emmanuel Camejo as landing gear operations manager. It says Gus Garcia, formerly vice president and general manager, will remain with the company supporting its landing gear growth.
Singapore Airlines Signs Satair IMS Contract
Singapore Airlines has signed a long-term agreement for Satair’s Integrated Material Services solution, through which it will provide a range of expendable materials customized for the airline, including expendables needed for line and base maintenance, forecasting, planning, purchasing and delivery.
Apr. 28, 2023
Ontic, Boeing Distributor Agreement
Ontic has signed an agreement with Boeing that appoints Boeing Distribution as the exclusive distributor of approximately 600 actuation and control products on a range of civil and military aircraft platforms.
HAECO Gets Certified For Heat Exchanger Maintenance
HAECO has been appointed a Liebherr-Aerospace certified partner to clean, test and repair Airbus A320 heat exchangers. It says the expanded capability will enable shorter turnaround time for repairs.
Apr. 27, 2023
StandardAero Appoints Senior VP Leap Program Industrialization
StandardAero has appointed Lloyd Barker as senior vice president of Leap program industrialization and executive site leader for its San Antonio facility. Barker joined StandardAero in 2018 as the company’s senior vice president of engineering and quality.
VAS Aero Acquires Four Additional Narrowbody Aircraft
VAS Aero Services has acquired two Airbus A320 and two Boeing 737-700 aircraft for teardown and subsequent parts harvesting. It says the acquisition increases the recent assents secured by VAS to 25 Airbus and Boeing airframes and 13 engines.
Apr. 26, 2023
Pratt & Whitney Canada Selects ITP Aero For PW2500 Maintenance
Pratt & Whitney Canada has selected ITP Aero’s designated overhaul facility for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of PW200 engines. ITP Aero will provide services at its facilities in Ajalvir, Spain.
ATR, Swiss AS Sign Partnership Agreement
ATR has signed a partnership agreement with Swiss Aviation Software to further improve the digitalization of airline maintenance management. The companies say the collaboration is the first of its kind between an aircraft manufacturer and MRO software, with the companies partnering to improve the integration of ATR maintenance data into the AMOS software provided by Swiss-AS to ATR operators. It says the aim is to enable airlines to digitalize their maintenance management in the most efficient way.
Apr. 25, 2023
Topcast, Darchem Sign Asia-Pacific Agreement
Topcast has signed an agreement with TransDigm Group subsidiary Darchem Engineering, under which Topcast will represent Darchem’s portfolio of heat insulation and thermal optimization products to OEMs and aftermarket customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Joramco Academy Makes Headway In Ghana
Joramco Academy is moving forward with plans for a new MRO training school in Accra, Ghana following accreditation from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. It will be establishing Aerojet Aviation Training Academy at Kotoka International Airport in partnership with Aerojet Aviation.
Delta TechOps Signs $225 Million In Q1 Component Contracts
Delta TechOps announced it has signed nine component MRO contracts worth $225 million during the first quarter of 2023. It says the agreements, which run between 3-5 years, cover Airbus and Boeing fleets for customers including cargo carriers and passenger airlines. The MRO programs will cover parts ranging from avionics, mechanical, fuel and hydraulic components.
Thales, AJW Extend Avionics Support Agreement
Thales and AJW Group have signed an extension of their Repair By The Hour avionics maintenance agreement. The five-year extension covers Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft types operated by new South American customers.
Apr. 21, 2023
Starlux Signs Airbus Services Agreement
Airbus has signed a Flight Hour Services contract with Taiwan's Starlux Airlines to support its growing A330neo fleet. The OEM will provide services including on-site stock, spares, components engineering and repair services.
FL Technics Signs Wizz Air UK CAMO Deal
FL Technics has signed an agreement to provide subcontracted continuous airworthiness management operations services to Wizz Air UK's fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. Under the five-year deal, FL Technics says it will use AMOS aircraft software to align with the airline and provide efficient services.
Apr. 20, 2023
CTS Engines Plans New Headquarters
Independent MRO provider CTS Engines is planning to open a new headquarters in Coral Springs, Florida. The facility, which is expected to induct its first engine later this year, will double CTS Engines' square footage and capacity and it says it will enable adding new engine variants to its service offerings.
New Barfield CEO
AFI KLM E&M has appointed Gilles Mercier as CEO of its subsidiary Barfield, effective July 1. Mercier was previously senior vice president of operations and senior vice president of customer care and business development at Barfield.
Apr. 19, 2023
Ryanair Building Eco-Friendly Hangar
Ryanair plans to construct a new four-bay hangar to expand its aircraft maintenance facility at Dublin Airport. It says the hangar will be "one of the most environmentally friendly hangars in the EU" and will create more than 200 new jobs for engineers and mechanics. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2023, with expected operations beginning in the second quarter of 2025.
IAI, Sharp Technics K Plan P2F Facility
Korean MRO Sharp Technics K has signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to establish a new passenger-to-freighter conversion facility at Incheon International Airport for Boeing 777-ERSF aircraft. Under the agreement, IAI plans to begin converting aircraft in 2024.
Apr. 18, 2023
SR Technics, Safran Developing New Engine Test Cell In Zurich
SR Technics has begun construction work for reactivation of its second test cell at Zurich Airport in partnership with Safran Test Cells. The test cell has been designed to meet testing requirements for new engine types, such as the PW1100G-JM, CFM Leap-1A and -1B, and CFM 56-5B and -7B. The companies expect the test cell to be ready for entry-into-service by mid-2024.
AerSale Plans New Tennessee MRO Facility
AerSale is opening a new facility at Millington-Memphis Airport in Tennessee capable of housing two narrowbody aircraft. It says the facility, which will be its sixth MRO location in the U.S., is advantageous due to being close to its Memphis distribution center and several major cargo operator hubs. It expects the facility to be operational in the first quarter of 2024.
Apr. 17, 2023
Alaska Airlines Selects Maintenance Software
Alaska Airlines has selected Aermetric maintenance software for real-time analytics and smart fleet management. Aermetric says its software increases aircraft availability and provides substantial savings from unplanned maintenance.
Launch And Aspire MRO Partner On Workforce Recruitment
Launch Technical Workforce Solutions has formed an exclusive partnership with Aspire MRO, under which it will provide labor management services to help Aspire meet its workforce demand for more than 400 mechanics in the next two years. It will recruit and hire technicians as direct employees, contingent labor and contingent-to-direct labor, as well as help develop labor pipeline through its industry workforce initiatives.
Apr. 14, 2023
Jet East Opens Avionics Satellite Locations
Business aviation MRO specialist Jet East has opened two satellite locations in Dallas and Trenton, New Jersey for avionics services. The new locations will offer avionics system inspections, installations, troubleshooting and component replacement.
New Loganair Engine MRO Contract
Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey has signed a five-year engine repair and overhaul agreement with Loganair, under which it will conduct services on Pratt & Whitney 127E/F/M engines installed on its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft. The agreement includes the option to add more engines as Loganair’s fleet expands.
Apr. 13, 2023
UPS Completes A300 Cockpit Upgrades
UPS Airlines and Airbus have completed their six-year cockpit upgrade project, under which 52 A300-600 Freighters were retrofitted with modernized cockpit avionics from Honeywell. The final aircraft was delivered to UPS in March.
Emerald Airlines Launches Maintenance Apprenticeship Program
Aer Lingus regional subsidiary Emerald Airlines has launched its inaugural aircraft engineering and maintenance apprenticeship. It is seeking six apprentices to train in Shannon and Dublin to work on its fleet of ATR72-600 aircraft.
Apr. 12, 2023
Quality Aircraft Accessories Expands Florida Repair Station
Quality Aircraft Accessories has reopened an expanded repair station facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that will offer MRO of general aviation accessories, focusing on magnetos and exhaust systems. The expanded facility has added new employees, modernized processes and welding services, which it says will accommodate aircraft engine exhaust system refurbishment.
TUI Selects Aviatar Platform
TUI Airline has selected Lufthansa Technik’s Aviatar platform for Boeing aircraft health management functionality. It will use the platform to manage fleet and maintenance operations on its Boeing 787 and 737 aircraft.
Apr. 11, 2023
Heston Airlines Picks J&C For CAMO Services
J&C Aero has signed a three-year contract with Heston Airlines to provide continuing airworthiness management organization (CAMO) support for the airline’s nine Airbus A320s. It will also support Heston through line maintenance, cabin interior design and production services.
Eaton Launches Women’s Workforce Initiative
Eaton, the parent company of aftermarket specialist Eaton Aerospace, has launched a program called ReLaunch aimed at helping women in India restart their careers after taking a break for any significant reason. The program offers full-time job opportunities across the company to bridge the gap between career breaks and enable skilled women to re-enter the workforce.
Apr. 7, 2023
SIAEC Lands Scoot MRO Contract
SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) has signed a comprehensive services agreement with Scoot to provide MRO and fleet management support services. The two-year contract has an option to extend for a further year and is expected to yield a labor revenue of $120.8 million over a three-year term.
Farsound Opens New UK Headquarters
Farsound Aviation has opened a new 58,000 ft.2 headquarters in Brentwood Essex, UK. The facility has several sustainability features, including solar panels and reclaimed greywater for flushing toilets, as well as a robotic system for automatic picking of aerospace parts.
Apr. 6, 2023
Startup LCC Selects TRAX eMRO Software
Startup low-cost carrier Northern Pacific Airways has signed an agreement with TRAX to implement its eMRO software system to manage maintenance activities on its fleet. The airline plans to launch service on June 2.
Emirates Picks Turkish Technic For 777 Base Maintenance
Turkish Technic has signed a base maintenance agreement with Emirates to provide services on five of its Boeing 777s. It has already begun maintenance on the first aircraft at its Istanbul Ataturk Airport facilities.
Apr. 5, 2023
SIAEC, Singapore Airline Sign Comprehensive Service Agreement
SIAEC has signed a $857.7 million agreement with Singapore Airlines to provide MRO and fleet management services, replacing an earlier agreement signed in April 2019. The agreement will be effective April 1, 2023 for two years, with an option to extend for another year.
Turkish Technic, Emirates Sign Base Maintenance Agreement
Turkish Technic has signed an agreement with Emirates to provide base maintenance services for five Boeing 777 aircraft. The company has already welcomed the first aircraft at its Istanbul Ataturk Airport facilities and the other aircraft will undergo maintenance in the next few months.
Apr. 4, 2023
Joramco Appoints New VP Of Planning
Joramco has appointed Shakespear Nyamande as the company’s new vice president of planning. Nyamande has over 16 years of experience in aviation industry, where he mostly recently served as the director of engineering finance and vendor management at Air Astana.
AAR To Acquire Nine Boeing 747 Aircraft
AAR subsidiary AAR Supply Chain will acquire nine Boeing 757-200 aircraft equipped with 18 Rolls-Royce RB211 engines from American Airlines. AAR says that the acquisition “will enable AAR to continue to support the RB211-powered 757 cargo market.”
Apr. 3, 2023
Toki Air Taps AACL For MRO
Japanese low-cost carrier Toki Air has signed a general terms agreement with Air Asia Company Limited (AACL) related to MRO services for its ATR 72 and 42 aircraft. AACL will provide services from its facility in Taiwan.
LTTS Opens New Repair Facility
Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon (LTTS) has opened its new engine parts and accessories repair facility in Shannon, Ireland. The new facility will add engine manifolds to LTTS’s specialist services and the company has created 25 additional jobs to support the new facility.
Mar. 31, 2023
SIAEC Lands Parent Airline MRO Contract
Singapore Airlines has signed an $11.4 billion services agreement with SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) covering a variety of MRO and fleet management support services. The two-year contract begins April 1, with an option to extend for a further one-year period.
AFI KLM E&M Signs Corendon Engines Contract
AFI KLM E&M has signed a new contract with Corendon Airlines covering shop visits for six additional CFM56-7B engines. Under the contract, AFI KLM E&M will perform services from its Amsterdam engine shop over the next several months.
Mar. 30, 2023
Liebherr Signs China Airlines Component Agreement
Liebherr-Aerospace has signed a long-term agreement with China Airlines to provide repair support services for a range of air conditioning and bleed system components installed on the airline’s fleet of 25 Airbus A321neos. It will provide material support and component maintenance services from Liebherr-Singapore.
GA Telesis Signs Honeywell Flex Shaft Agreement
GA Telesis has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace giving it multi-year global exclusive distribution rights for CFM56-5B factory new Flex Shafts. The GA Telesis Distribution Solutions Group will support customers with the products via its regional distribution centers around the world.
Mar. 29, 2023
LHT Integrates Honeywell Maintenance Analytics Into Aviatar
Honeywell's Connected Maintenance analytics are being fully integrated into Lufthansa Technik's Aviatar Predictive Health Analytics suite, which the companies say will grow to more than 100 predictors for multiple Airbus and Boeing aircraft types. Honeywell says the combined predictive analytics solution will help airlines increase aircraft availability and reduce costs associated with operations, flight delays and cancelations.
Jet Parts Engineering Gets FAA Approval For More PMA Parts, DER Repairs
Jet Parts Engineering and its subsidiaries Airline Components Parts and Aero Parts Mart have received FAA approval for 12 new PMA parts and three new DER repairs. The parts include cowl rub strips, thrust reverser seals, landing gear seals, starter valve piston rings, connecting tubes and more from a variety of commercial aircraft and engines.
Mar. 27, 2023
Aeronaves Orders Eighth AEI B737-400SF Conversion
Mexican charter and cargo carrier Aeronaves TSM has ordered an additional Boeing 737-400SF freighter conversion from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. The aircraft will begin modification in May at Commercial Jet in Dothan, Alabama.
Jet Aviation Gets Zurich Line Maintenance Approval
Jet Aviation has received approval from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation for its line maintenance repair station in Zurich, which was first launched in May 2022 under a temporary extension of its Basel site authorizations. The station is now fully approved for line maintenance on a range of business jets.
Mar. 24, 2024
Direct Maintenance Gets A Rebrand
Estonia-based Magnetic Group has rebranded Direct Maintenance as Magnetic Line. Magnetic Group acquired the line maintenance specialist in 2019 and says the rebranding is part of an overall strategy to unify its businesses under one name.
GA Telesis Names New Head Of Trading
GA Telesis has appointed Matthew Schneider as vice president, head of trading within the Asset Transaction Group. Schneider has more than 25 years' experience in the aviation industry and has previously held roles at aviation investment companies including Plane View Partners, Cross Ocean, AeroTurbine, and Mountain Capital.
Mar. 23, 2023
BASF Inaugurates Shanghai MRO Station
BASF has inaugurated a new Part 145 MRO station in Shanghai that is certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China to service Deoxo aircraft ozone and ozone/VOC converters. It is now applying for FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 certification for the facility.
AkzoNobel Launches Digital Coatings Service
AkzoNobel has launched Aerofleet Coatings Management, a digital service aimed at optimizing maintenance schedules for aircraft coatings through the use of inspection data. It says the service can help calculate more accurate maintenance and repaint schedules and reduce costs.
Mar. 22, 2023
John Dietrich Elected To AAR Board of Directors
John Dietrich, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, has been elected to AAR’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dietrich also serves on the Board of Directors for Airlines for America and the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association.
New Teruel Airport Hangar
Spain’s Teruel Airport has opened a new hangar with capacity for two Airbus A380 aircraft, which it says will enable maintenance on two A380s or six A321 simultaneously. The hangar is poised to create 150 jobs at the airport.
Mar. 21, 2023
SAEI, Collins Enter FlightSense Agreement
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) has entered into a 10-year FlightSense agreement with Collins Aerospace. The contract covers the airline's fleet of Airbus A320, A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Collins will provide SAEI with asset pooling support and services for the aircraft.
Aerovista Completes CFM56 Engine Sale
UAE-based Aerovista, an aviation asset manager and aircraft acquisition solutions provider, has announced the sale of one CFM56-5B4 engine to U.S. components specialist AeroDirect.
Mar. 20, 2023
Marshall Aerospace Opens New Aerostructures Hangar
Marshall Aerospace has opened a new aerostructures production facility in Cambridge, UK. The new facility will see the production of auxiliary fuels tanks for P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a military derivative of Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft. Additionally, the facility has incorporated few sustainability initiatives including, solar PV installations on the hangar roof, LED lighting with passive infrared control, high efficiency VRF air conditioning, and twin-socketed chargers for electric vehicles.
GA Telesis To Dissasemble Two Boeing 767-300s
GA Telesis has expanded its inventory of used serviceable material (USM) with the disassembly of two Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The company's Component Solutions team will will distribute the materials to airline and MRO customers globally from its U.S. and UK-based distribution centers.
Mar. 17, 2023
ExecuJet MRO Services Gets European Line Maintenance Approval
ExecuJet MRO Services Belgium has been granted approval by the Belgium Civil Aviation Authority and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to provide line maintenance in other European countries. The regulatory approval covers its mobile repair unit, which previously focused mostly on AOG situations.
SriLankan Airlines To Implement AMOS
SriLankan Airlines and Swiss-AS have partnered for the implementation of AMOS NewGen MRO system. The carrier will implement AMOS mobile and cloud hosting services, which the airline says will allow them to digitalize and streamline their maintenance procedures, increase efficiency, and reduce the overall costs through process automation.
Mar. 16, 2023
Collins Launches New Technology Initiative
Collins Aerospace has launched its Powered by Collins Initiative, which seeks to collaborate with deep technology firms on advanced technologies that could be used to create new products and services for the aerospace industry. It is initially seeking technologies applicable to four areas: extravehicular space mobility, high-performance batteries, autonomy for small unmanned aerial vehicles and composites recycling. Applications for the program close on May 19th.
STS Gains UK Part 21J Approval
STS Aviation Services has been granted Part 21J approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. It says the approval complements its aircraft maintenance and modification capabilities, and will be a first step toward adding supplemental type certificate and Part 21G production organizations approvals to its capabilities in the near future.
Mar. 15, 2023
Southwest Airlines Tests Drag Reduction Retrofits
Southwest Airlines has flown the first revenue flight featuring an aircraft with Aero Design Labs’ drag reduction kit installed. The Boeing 737-700 was one of five aircraft Southwest is using to run a network evaluation of the drag kits, which are aimed at reducing fuel burn rate and carbon emissions.
VAS Acquiring More A320-Family Teardowns
VAS Aero Services will acquire two additional Airbus A320-family aircraft for teardown from Avolon Aerospace Leasing. The A319-100 and A320-100 will be disassembled in Hondo, Texas, with used serviceable materials being distributed through VAS Aero Services’ airline operator customer base.
Mar. 14, 2023
GA Telesis Sees Landing Gear Boom
GA Telesis has reported significant growth in demand for landing gear services. Its MRO Services Component Repair Group overhauled more than 100 landing gear legs in 2022 and GA Telesis says revenue for its landing gear business has grown 149% since the service was introduced in 2019, comprising 20% of total revenue for its MRO Services group.
New C&L Aviation Services Director Of Maintenance
C&L Aviation Services has appointed Michael Jackson as director of maintenance, where he will oversee all repair station activities. Jackson comes to C&L from American Airlines, where he worked for three decades, most recently serving as senior manager of technical operations.
Mar. 13, 2023
Precision Aviation Group Acquires PTB Group
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has acquired PTB Group, a provider of MRO and supply chain services with locations in the U.S. and Australia through subsidiaries Pacific Turbine USA Group, Pacific Turbine Brisbane, Pacific Turbine Leasing and International Air Parts. PAG says the acquisition expands is engine services and supply chain capabilities.
New IAMA Chairman of the Executive Board
The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) has elected Frans van de Pol as chairman of the executive board. He joined IAMA’s board in 2021, and also leads Fokker Services’ engineering business unit. Van de Pol will replace outgoing chair Marc Pinault, who stepped down on March 7.
Mar. 9, 2023
HAECO Adds Engine Capabilities In Dallas
HAECO Global Engine Support has added a new eight-bay gantry system at its Dallas facility, as well as new Leap-1A and -1B tooling to support its technicians in performing hospital maintenance-level work. It plans to begin performing quick-turn maintenance tasks by mid-March.
Storm Aviation Gets Calibration Accreditation
Storm Aviation has been approved by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), which assesses companies against national and international standards related to conformity assessment for calibration services. It says the accreditation boosts trust that its tools and equipment “are being calibrated to the highest level.”
Mar. 8, 2023
MTU Maintenance Gains New Approvals
MTU Maintenance has received new approvals at its facilities in Australia and Brazil. MTU Maintenance Service Centre Australia has gained Part 145 approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for CF34-series engines. MTU Maintenance do Brasil in Sao Paulo has gained FAA approval for the CFM56 engine family.
Ecube’s U.S. Facility Begins First Teardown
Ecube has begun its first teardown project at its new U.S. facility in Coolidge, Arizona. It is tearing down an Airbus A319 for inaugural customer Killick Aerospace. Ecube’s U.S. facility has welcomed more than 10 aircraft since it opened in October 2022.
Mar. 7, 2023
Barfield Inks Dedienne Aerospace Agreement
Barfield has signed a partnership agreement with Dedienne Aerospace to distribute and service its ground test equipment. Barfield says the agreement will help it expand its distribution network and improve services for customers.
New MAAS Aviation CEO
MAAS Aviation has appointed Jan van Engelen as its new CEO. Van Engelen has more than 25 years in the aviation services industry, where he most recently served as Swissport’s CEO for Continental Europe. He succeeds Tim Macdougald, who will take on the role of chief business development officer.
Mar. 6, 2023
Emirates Signs LHT MRO Contracts
Emirates has signed two major MRO contracts with Lufthansa Technik (LHT) for services on its Airbus A380 aircraft. Under the deals, LHT will overhaul main landing gears and provide base maintenance. The latter agreement is Emirates’ first time outsourcing heavy checks for A380s.
Joramco C Check Agreements
Joramco has signed an agreement with Air Europa to perform C checks on four Boeing 787 aircraft. It has also signed its first agreement with Cebu Pacific, under which it will perform C checks on its Airbus A330 aircraft starting this month.
Mar. 3, 2023
Joramco Signs Emirates 777 Deal
Joramco has signed a maintenance agreement with Emirates to perform nose-to-tail C checks and modifications on the airline’s Boeing 777 fleet. The agreement runs through June 2024.
Etihad Expanding Abu Dhabi Maintenance Facility
Etihad Airways Engineering plans to expand the capacity of its aircraft maintenance facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport. In addition to adding 50,000 m2 (approximately 540,000 ft.2) of incremental space to the facility, it will build two new widebody hangars.
Mar. 2, 2023
Safran Breaks Ground On Brussels Engine MRO Site
Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels has begun construction on its new site at Brussels Airport, which will support Leap-1A and -1B engines. It plans to begin operation in the first quarter of 2024 and recruit more than 80 staff over the next two years.
Beacon Signs First Helicopter Operator Customer
Embraer has signed its first helicopter operator for use of its Beacon maintenance coordination digital platform. Ocean Explorer, a Brazilian helicopter operator, will use the platform to streamline maintenance operations for its fleet of Airbus ACH160 helicopters.
Feb. 28, 2023
SR Technics Malta Signs Satair Contract
SR Technics Malta has signed a multi-year contract for Satair’s Integrated Material Services solution, effective from April 2023. The service will cover thousands of Airbus proprietary parts, standard hardware and vendor parts.
OGMA Wins Star Air Contract
OGMA has signed a general terms agreement to provide support for Indian carrier Star Air’s Embraer ERJ 145 and E-Jet 175 aircraft.
Feb. 27, 2023
AFI KLM E&M, Aerolineas Argentinas Extend Engine Maintenance Agreement
AFI KLM E&M and Aerolineas Argentinas have extended the engine maintenance contract for CFM56-7B and CF6-80E1 engines powering the carrier’s fleet of 45 aircraft. The agreement consists of engine repair services and shop visits.
HAECO Appoints New Component And Engine Services Director
HAECO Group has appointed Sandra Nieuwenhuijzen as group director of component and engine services, effective Apr. 24, 2023. Nieuwenhuijzen, who was previously CEO of Sigma Aerospace, will succeed Angus Barclay who is retiring.
Feb. 24, 2023
Management Changes At LAUNCH
LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions has appointed Mike Reporto as chief commercial officer. Reporto previously served as president of staffing. LAUNCH has also appointed Mike Flitcroft to the newly created role of vice president of delivery, where he will oversee client services and retention of placements for LAUNCH clients.
New Flair Airlines COO
Flair Airlines has appointed Maciej Wilk as chief operating officer, where he will lead flight operations, airport operations and maintenance. Wilk previously served as chief operating officer at LOT Polish Airlines.
Feb. 23, 2023
VAS Aero Acquires Two Boeing 737-700 Aircraft
VAS Aero Services has acquired two Boeing 737-700 aircraft for teardown and subsequent parts harvesting. The company will disassemble both aircraft at its facility in Marana, Arizona. Work is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2023. The company says that the disassembled USM will be distributed through its airline operators and MRO customer base.
SR Technics, Satair Sign IMS Agreement
SR Technics and Satair have signed five-year integrated material service (IMS) contract for more than 5,000 parts to be available on consignment stock and maintain on-time delivery.
Feb. 22, 2023
Binter Canarias Adopts Beacon Platform
Binter Canarias has signed a contract with Embraer to adopt its Beacon digital maintenance coordination platform, which it will use for maintenance of its E195-E2 fleet. According to Embraer, it is Beacon’s first commercial contract with a European airline
Wencor Lands Ametek Distribution Deal
Ametek FMH has chosen Wencor as its exclusive distributor to support the military and government aftermarket. The agreement covers Ametek flexible metal tubing, ducting, bellows, valves, filter assemblies and fuel boost pumps supporting key military platforms.
Feb. 21, 2023
New Managing Director Of Marshall Middle East
Marshall Aerospace has appointed Chris Walton as the new managing director of Marshall Middle East, to lead the expansion of its business in the UAE and surrounding region. Walton has worked with the company for the past 14 years across several senior level roles.
GA Telesis To Expand APU Component Inventories, Lease Programs
GA Telesis plans to expand its auxiliary power unit (APU) centered Power Solutions Team’s portfolio of products due to increased product demand from its global customer base. The company says that the APU team has increased its inventory levels by 300% in Q1 of 2023, with an additional 500% inventory growth forecast for Q2 of this year.
Feb. 20, 2023
Aventure Acquires Seven 737NGs For Teardown
Aventure Aviation has increased its inventory by acquiring seven Boeing 737NGs for teardown from Canada-based WestJet Airlines. All seven aircraft will undergo immediate teardown for parts.
AvAir Appoints New CFO
AvAir has promoted Bob Knox as the company’s new chief financial officer. Knox, who has been with the company since 2016, will be responsible for executing company’s financial strategy, developing plans for growth and identifying investment opportunities.
Feb. 17, 2023
ELFC Appoints New CCO
Engine Lease Finance Cooperation (ELFC) has appointed Julian Jordan as the company’s new chief commercial officer. Jordan has held various marketing and product development roles, most recently serving as executive vice president & head of new business at ELFC.
Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering Appoints Assistant Chairman
Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering has appointed Hani Salaheldin as the company’s assistant chairman.
Feb. 16, 2023
Nok Air Goes Live With Rusada’s Envision
Nok Air has successfully implemented Rusada’s maintenance management software Envision, which was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The airline has selected five of the software’s modules, including fleet management, base & line maintenance and human resources.
J&C Grows Revenues, Expands Production Capacity
J&C Aero, a specialist in cabin transformation and CAMO, has reported a 285% increase in its annual revenues that reached €10 million ($10.6 million) in 2022. The company has also expanded its cabin interior production facilities to 22,000 sq.ft.
Feb. 15, 2023
APOC Aviation Opens Eco-Friendly Warehouse
APOC Aviation has opened a new warehouse in the Netherlands that it says will enable future expansion ahead of plans to double stock hub capability and workforce over the next five years. The warehouse also features green technology, including solar panels, electric temperature control and high-spec insulation to reduce energy consumption.
Turkish Technic, Oman Air Sign Component Support Agreement
Turkish Technic has signed a comprehensive 10-year agreement with Oman Air to provide component pool, component maintenance and advance exchange services to the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737NG and 737 MAX aircraft.
Feb. 14, 2023
TAT Technologies Expands APU Contracts
TAT Technologies has signed a five-year contract extension with an undisclosed global carrier for auxiliary power unit (APU) MRO services. Under the deal it will support GTCP331 model APUs, building on contracts it signed with Honeywell in 2020 and 2021 to repair and overhaul APUs for key Airbus and Boeing platforms.
Wencor Acquires Aero-Glen International
Wencor Group has acquired Aero-Glen International, a Fort Worth, Texas-based stocking distributor that offers kitting solutions for the aerospace industry. Wencor says the acquisition enhances its aftermarket hardware offering and aligns with its product expansion strategy.
Feb. 13, 2023
New Joramco VP Of Operations
Joramco has appointed Lambros Stasi as its new vice president of operations. Stasi has more than 30 years of experience in aviation maintenance, including senior management positions from a range of airline organizations.
Azerbaijan Airlines Picks LHT For Component Support
Azerbaijan Airlines has signed a five-year, Total Component Support contract with Lufthansa Technik (LHT) for its Boeing 787 fleet. Under the agreement, which takes effect May 1, the airline will have access to LHT’s spare parts pool network, as well as AOG support and other component services.
Feb. 10, 2023
Nile Air Enlists AFI KLM E&M For Component Support
AFI KLM E&M has signed a dedicated component support agreement with Nile Air for its fleet of six Airbus A320-200s. Under the deal, AFI KLM E&M will support an extensive range of components, including accessories and line replaceable units for CFM56-5B and IAE V2500 engines.
Willis Gets Base Maintenance Approval
Willis Lease Finance Corporation subsidiary Willis Aviation Services Limited has received UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) base maintenance approval for the Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737NG, ATR 42/72 and Embraer 135/145 aircraft. It says the new approvals complement its existing UK CAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency line maintenance approvals.
Feb. 9, 2023
MRO Boosts Triumph’s Q3 Results
Triumph Group reported that its sales for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023 were up 21% organically from the prior year period, which it attributes to increases in commercial MRO and narrowbody production, as well as recovering military rotorcraft volume.
Turkish Technic Wins Air Serbia Base Maintenance Contract
Air Serbia has signed an MRO agreement with Turkish Technic for base maintenance services on four Airbus A320 family aircraft and one A330. Turkish Technic has already begun maintenance on one A320ceo at its Istanbul Ataturk Airport facilities and it perform maintenance on the remaining aircraft in the upcoming months.
Feb. 8, 2023
Aiir Innovations Gets Venture Capital Boost
Aiir Innovations, a Dutch startup using artificial intelligence technology to automate aircraft engine inspections, has raised €2.1 million (approximately $2.3 million) in venture capital investment. It says it will use the funding to grow its team and expand globally.
Lufthansa Cargo Takes Flight With AeroSHARK
The first Lufthansa Cargo Boeing 777F featuring AeroSHARK fuel-saving surface technology entered scheduled service on Feb. 3. According to Lufthansa Technik, which developed AeroSHARK with coatings specialist BASF, Lufthansa Cargo’s entire 777 freighter fleet will gradually receive modifications to incorporate the technology.
Feb. 7, 2023
Ontic Signs Honeywell License Agreement
Ontic has signed a license agreement with Honeywell covering its vacuum generator and check valve waste management product line, which is used across Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 platforms. Under the deal, Ontic will adopt all existing contracts for the products, including service center agreements, to ensure continued maintenance support and spares.
AllClear Repair Services Gets EASA Part 145 Certification
AllClear Repair Services, a subsidiary of AllClear Aerospace & Defense, has received EASA Part 145 approval. Based in Miramar, Florida, it specializes in repair and overhaul of pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, landing gear, brakes and electro-mechanical systems for commercial and defense platforms. It says the new certification enables it to offer dual release certifications.
Feb. 6, 2023
TR Appoints New SVP Customer Support & Services
ATR has appointed Stefano Marazzani as its senior vice president of customer support and services. Marazzani has a background in aircraft maintenance, customer support and operations, most recently serving as CEO of SuperJet International.
New Iberia Maintenance Director
Iberia Maintenance announced plans to appoint Enrique Robledo as its new maintenance director, effective March 17. Robledo has held various maintenance roles at Iberia since 1999, most recently as deputy manager of the engine workshop. He will replace Andy Best, who will become maintenance director at British Airways.
Feb. 3, 2023
VSE Corporation Acquires Precision Fuel Components
Aftermarket distributor and MRO services provider VSE Corporation has acquired Precision Fuel Components, a provider of MRO services for engine accessory and fuel systems in the business and general aviation market. VSE says the acquisition expands its capabilities within business and general aviation and rotorcraft markets, complementing its existing service capabilities.
AES Opens Spain-Based Subsidiary
Aerospace Engineering Solutions has opened a new office in Malaga, Spain as part of international expansion efforts. The subsidiary will operate as AES Spain, offering 2A Design Organization Approval capability.
Feb. 2, 2023
Aircraft Battery Training Opportunity For AMTs
Aviation batteries specialist True Blue Power has launched free online training courses on lithium-ion aircraft batteries for aviation maintenance technicians (AMT). It says AMTs that complete the courses can receive one credit hour toward FAA AMT and Inspection Authorization refresher certification.
Mammoth Freighters Milestone
Mammoth Freighters announced that it has inducted its Boeing 777-300ER conformity aircraft, which will be the first of six conversions going to launch customer AviaAM Leasing. It will now begin initial preparations for flight testing and conversion.
Feb. 1, 2023
Lufthansa Technik To Provide Base Maintenance For FLYR
Lufthansa Technik has signed a three-year contract with Norwegian airline FLYR to provide base maintenance for the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX8 and 737-800 aircraft. The company will provide services at its Lufthansa Technik Budapest facility.
Mammoth Freighters Milestone
Mammoth Freighters announced that it has inducted its Boeing 777-300ER conformity aircraft, which will be the first of six conversions going to launch customer AviaAM Leasing. It will now begin initial preparations for flight testing and conversion.