Friday, June 21st, 2019


GE Aviation signs engine orders, services agreements worth US$55 billion at Paris Air Show

GE Aviation and its joint venture company CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, announced a record setting US$55 billion in jet engines, services, avionics and digital offerings at the Paris Air Show this week.
  • AirAsia ordered 200 LEAP-1A engines and signed an expanded Rate Per Flight Hour service agreement
  • IndiGo ordered 560 LEAP-1A engines
  • Avolon Leasing ordered 140 LEAP-1A engines
  • CDB Leasing ordered 90 LEAP-1A engines
  • Korean Air and Air Lease Corporation ordered a combined total of 30 GEnx-powered Boeing
    787 Dreamliners
  • Envoy Air Inc. expanded its TrueChoiceTM service agreement to cover its entire fleet of
    CF34-8E engines
  • Lufthansa Technik will be an authorized service provider for the backup generator/converter and certain Electrical Load Management Systems components on the Boeing 777X
  • ALAFCO ordered 60 LEAP-1A engines
  • Zhejiang Loong Air signed a LEAP-1A Rate Per Flight Hour services agreement
  • Avation PLC signed an agreement for the AirVault Asset Transfer System for the lessor's aircraft fleet
  • Color Guizhou Airlines signed a LEAP-1A Rate Per Flight Hour services agreement
  • Macquarie Finance ordered 40 LEAP-1A engines
  • Peach Aviation ordered 20 LEAP-1A engines
  • Boeing awarded GE Aviation a contract to supply a stores management solution for the MQ-25
    unmanned aerial refueling program
  • GE Aviation and Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) partner in an EFB flight safety project implementing Flight Pulse™ amongst their pilot community
  • Qantas and GE Aviation will develop a new module for FlightPulse™to improve safety and operational decision making for airline pilots
  • SMBC Capital ordered 40 LEAP-1A engine
  • S7 Airlines signed a seven-year TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour service agreement for its CF34-8E
  • United Airlines order 20 firm CF34-8E-powered ERJ175 aircraft, with the option to purchase 19 additional aircraft
  • Qatar Airways announced a commitment to purchase five additional GE90-powered 777 Freighters
  • Avionica, part of GE Aviation, received Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate from EASA for its miniQAR MkIII Quick Access Recorder (QAR), avRDC Remote Data Concentrator
    and avCM 4G Cell Module
  • Avionica will develop a cost-effective, lightweight terminal for Inmarsat's award-winning SB-S aircraft operations and safety platform
  • GE Aviation and Leonardo signed a partnership Memorandum of Understanding to continue developing and implementing digital transformation across Leonardo's UK operations
  • Avionica's integrated Onboard Network Server has been granted FAA approval for Cyber-Secure Connectivity and Application Hosting
  • Kenya Airways selects GE Aviation's Digital Flight Operations
  • Azorra Aviation signed a Set Maintenance Offer (SMO) agreement for its CF34-10E engine fleet to help significantly reduce the engine's cost of ownership
  • Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and GE Aviation finalized a TrueChoiceTM Flight Hour agreement
    for its CF34-10E engines fleet
  • Volga-Dnepr Group and GE Aviation renew their strategic partnership to develop collaborative solutions to benefit each company and their customers
The GE9X engine made its debut at this year's Paris Air Show. The world's largest commercial jet engine has already booked more than 700 orders with eight customers.


SR Technics appoints Abdel Rahman B. Farah Area Sales Director

MRO service provider, SR Technics, has appointed Abdel Farah as Area Sales Director for the Asia, Australia and Indonesia market. Farah joined SR Technics in February 2015 as a Customer Program Manager, moving to the Commercial Department in March 2019 with the responsibility of the marketing and sales strategy as well as customer relations.

With over 20 years of service in the Aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overhaul business, Farah is an experienced aviation professional, who is based in Melbourne, Australia. He will also serve as Managing Director - SR Technics Australia.

Volga-Dnepr Group and GE renew global strategic partnership

Volga-Dnepr Group and GE Aviation renew their strategic partnership that utilizes the two companies' unique strengths and expertise to develop collaborative solutions to benefit each company and their customers.

This agreement, first announced in 2016, incorporates a long-term Logistic Support Program in which Volga-Dnepr Group's Boeing 747-8F and An-124 freighters will continue to provide transportation support for GE Aviation and other GE businesses. It also includes marketing efforts, business growth opportunities, digital collaboration and leadership training between the two companies.

Embraer signs services and support pool contracts in Europe

Embraer has signed pool maintenance and parts agreements with European carriers at the Paris Air Show, reinforcing the customer trust and state-of-the art support of the original manufacturer in maintaining an efficient operation through the TechCare technical expertise.

Switzerland’s Helvetic Airways signed a pool contract to cover four recently added E190 jets, and Aurigny Air Services signed an extension of their current agreement on parts maintenance to support the E195 operated by the Guernsey’s carrier.

Embraer’s popular component support solution covers the access and repair of a comprehensive list of parts, including engine line-replaceable units (LRUs), and most airframe components, besides the access to a vast repair service provider network.

Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company becomes China’s ACH160 launch customer

Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company (Shenzhen Eastern GAC) has signed an agreement
for one ACH160, becoming the launch customer for the VIP version of this medium helicopter in China.

The aircraft will be used to perform mainly private and business aviation (PBA) missions around the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area of China, which is home to approximately 70 million people and contributes to 12% of China’s GDP.

As a general aviation operator in the Greater Bay Area, Shenzhen Eastern GAC is the only general aviation company in China to participate in a pilot project that explores the easing of low-altitude airspace regulations in China. The company was also the first Chinese helicopter operator to fly
between Hong Kong and the mainland. Its in-service helicopter fleet is made up of 12 aircraft, including three light twin-engine Airbus H135 helicopters.


STS Component Solutions and PTI Technologies announce new distribution partnership

STS Component Solutions has been named an authorized distribution partner for PTI Technologies’ commercial aftermarket products. PTI Technologies is a leading provider of filtration systems and equipment to the commercial transport, helicopter, military and corporate aviation markets.

“We are very pleased to work with STS Component Solutions to provide increased levels of service and innovative solutions to our global airline customers,” said Rowland Ellis, President of PTI Technologies Inc. “Supporting aircraft operators with the right products at the right time is our goal and STS Component Solutions is an ideal partner for us to achieve this goal.  We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Meggitt and Lufthansa Technik enter long-term partnership for MRO services in mainland China

Meggitt PLC and Lufthansa Technik have signed an agreement for the provision of comprehensive component MRO services for commercial aircraft in mainland China.

Under the agreement signed at the Paris Air Show on June 20, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS), a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology, will build local MRO capabilities for Meggitt products including heat exchangers, valves, fire detectors and fire suppression. The partnership will provide customers in mainland China with world-class repair and service levels for a range of products; delivered from LTS's 25,000 m² facility.


MTU Maintenance Canada will relocate to new facility

MTU Maintenance Canada has taken possession of a brownfield site adding capacity to the Vancouver operations. The building is located next to Boundary Bay airport, in the Vancouver suburb of Delta and was originally designed and operated as a maintenance facility for helicopters and helicopter engines. The facility will immediately provide much-needed additional expansion space of around 60%. Following minor modifications by year-end, it also enables MTU Maintenance Canada to consolidate all of its repair activates, currently spread across three locations at Vancouver airport, into one location.

The facility in Delta offers 235,000 ft² of space and is within thirty minutes of Vancouver airport. As the Boundary Bay building was already constructed for aviation activities, MTU Maintenance Canada will be able to continue upholding its highest standards and only needs to carry out minimal changes to the existing infrastructure.

All modifications and upgrades will be performed from Summer 2019 onwards and partial operations in the new facility could begin as early as Spring 2020. The move is expected to be fully completed one year later, with all aspects of the business relocated, and under one roof by June 2021. This staggered approach will support the number one priority set by the project team: no operational impact through the transition. Testing activities will continue to be carried out in the existing test cell at Vancouver airport.


DAE leases 3 new Boeing 777 freighters to AirBridgeCargo

DAE Capital and Moscow based, Volga Dnepr owned cargo airline AirBridgeCargo, have entered into a purchase and leaseback agreement with PDP financing for 3 factory new Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. The 3 aircraft will be the first of this type to enter AirBridgeCargo’s fleet in 2020.

Jetran awards Precision three 757-200s for P2F conversion

Jetran International (Jetran) has positioned three Boeing 757-200, MSNs 24613, 24614 and 25296, that will be placed into freighter conversion at the Flightstar Aircraft Services facility in Jacksonville, FL. These aircraft will be Jetran’s first 757-200PCFs with Precision and will be headed to Swiftair S.A, once completed.

International investigators charge four with murder over 2014 MH17 crash

A Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), including Belgium, Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, has identified and charged four men with murder for the shooting down of Malaysian
Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in 2014. Three of the four are Russian nationals – Igor Girkin (also known as Igor Strelkov), Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, whilst the fourth person, Leonid Kharchenko, is a Ukrainian. The trial is set for 2020, though as Russia does not extradite its nationals for prosecution it is likely the four accused will be in absentia. The trial will probably be held in the Netherlands as that is where the majority of victims came from.

It is believed that Girkin was a former colonel in Russia's FSB intelligence agency and who was the self-declared minister of defense in the separatist administration in eastern Ukraine. Dubinskiy was a former minister from the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, Pulatov was an ex-soldier in Russia's Spetznaz special forces unit, and Kharchenko a Ukrainian separatist.

Wilbert Paulissen, chief constable of the Netherlands National Police, told a press conference that: "Today we will send out international arrest warrants for the first suspects that we will prosecute. They will also be placed on national and international wanted lists."

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Paris Air Show 2019
June 17 - 23, 2019 – Le Bourget, Paris, France

Advanced Engineering 2019
October 30 - 31, 2019 – NEC, Birmingham, UK