Monday, April 9th, 2018



Boeing, American Airlines sign new Dreamliner order for 47 787s

American Airlines will more than double its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the super-efficient airplane plus 28 options. This new order of 47 787s makes American Airlines the largest 787 customer in the Western Hemisphere.

American originally ordered 42 787 Dreamliners and has been using the airplanes to open new routes around the world, including Asia Pacific and Europe, and boost its network efficiency. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and expand its fleet. American has chosen GE Aviation’s GEnx-1B engines to power its 47 newly ordered Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

American becomes the latest airline to place a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner. More than half of the program's 71 customers have done so, which has helped the 787 program achieve more than 1,350 orders to date.

Boeing's Global Services division provides American Airlines with efficiency tools such as Airplane Health Management and Toolbox, which help the airline improve operational performance and improve dispatch reliability.

TP Aerospace

Rolls-Royce selects StandardAero for 20-year MRO Services Agreement for AE 2100, AE 1107 and T56 Series IV engines

StandardAero has signed a 20-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Rolls-Royce to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the AE 2100, AE 1107 and T56 Series IV engine models through the year 2038. The MOA, with a projected value exceeding US$15 bn over the twenty year period, designates StandardAero as the primary provider of MRO services, following a competitive bidding process within the Rolls-Royce Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) networks.

The agreement significantly grows work currently conducted by StandardAero on the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 and T56 engines, and provides a high level of new volume for the company on the AE 1107 engine. Overall, the new agreement also expands the scope of StandardAero’s MRO support for Rolls-Royce military engine product lines and customers.

StandardAero will service these engines at its San Antonio, Texas; Maryville, Tennessee; and Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada facilities. The extension into these locations also includes the modification of engine test cells to provide full service MRO capabilities across the company’s North America facilities.

Avianor receives dismantling contract

Avianor has been awarded a contract for the dismantling of nine Airbus A310 aircraft.
While not part of its regular business of cabin integration and heavy maintenance, Avianor was approached by a long-time client for assistance and agreed to provide the needed support to dismantle these aircraft.

Once dismantled, the remaining parts of the fuselage and wings are carefully recycled by Aerocycle, a local company specializing in aircraft demolition. The dismantling started earlier this year and will continue through the remainder of 2018 and into 2019 as the aircraft are retired.

GA Telesis

Delta data breach – hundreds of thousands of customers’ card data compromised

Delta Airlines has confirmed that as a result of an online security breach, the payment card details of “several hundreds of thousands” of its customers may have been compromised as a result of a malware attack.

The breach, which occurred last fall, was announced today (Thursday) and the airline has admitted that the breach may have exposed customers’ names, addresses, credit and debit card numbers, card security codes as well as security codes and card expiration dates.
Delta was keen to play down the event, advising that only “a small subset” of the carrier’s passengers may have been affected and, even then, it couldn’t be sure that the data had actually been compromised by the malware attack. The malware appears to have been introduced by (24)7.ai, a company which provided Delta with online chat customer support services for a two-week period. The security breach was first noticed in October last year and was immediately fixed.

Delta was not the only organization affected at the time. Sears Holdings Ltd. was also breached, though the company did not become aware of this until mid-March. Both Delta and Sears have been assisting federal law enforcement officials and IT security experts.

According to Bill Curtis, chief scientist at security software firm CAST, has commented that as opposed to the companies’ systems being hacked, the malware targets the customers who will have inadvertently “downloaded something that was watching your screen and waiting for the credit cards to float. They stole the data as you entered it." Curtis added that he considered (24)7.ai "has a huge liability here."

SR Technics closes US$110m senior multicurrency revolving credit facility

MRO service provider SR Technics has successfully closed a US$110m senior multicurrency revolving credit facility (RCF) in cooperation with a group of leading Swiss banks. The RCF contains the option to increase to US$150m.

SR Technics is ready to seize the current strong momentum in the MRO market and is exploring opportunities to expand its services further, especially in Engine Services. The ring-fenced RCF will be used to provide the required liquidity for capital expenditures and to finance further growth in the working capital intensive business that SR Technics is engaged in.

Sven Kussmann, Chief Financial Officer, said: “The deal was underwritten by four major Swiss banks which have been cooperating with SR Technics for many years and is proof to us of mutual trust and partnership. Our strong brand with decades of Swiss made MRO experience, our well-known capabilities and experienced employees are the grounds to this partnership. The capital secured is important to strengthen our position as a leading global MRO provider offering world-class total care capability.”

SR Technics

JetBlue selects Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ engines

JetBlue Airways has selected the Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine to power an additional 45 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
With the airline's previous order of 40 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft, JetBlue has now committed to 85 GTF-powered aircraft, including both A320neo and A321neo models.

Pratt & Whitney will also provide JetBlue with engine maintenance through a 15-year EngineWise™ service agreement. EngineWise represents a commitment to help customers optimize engine performance and keep their fleets running smoothly. It includes engine fleet data analytics and real-time intelligence to predict and prevent engine disruptions before they occur, significant investments in new technology and resources to improve our responsiveness and flexibility, and a growing portfolio of service offerings.

FL Technics lands WOW Air as new client

FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has recently signed the agreement with WOW Air (Iceland low-cost carrier) for base maintenance services.

This week, WOW Air came to FL Technics facilities for the base maintenance projects of the first two Airbus A321. WOW Air is an Icelandic low-cost carrier focusing on transatlantic flights and based at Keflavík International Airport. WOW Air is a rapidly growing company, operating 15 Airbus A320s family and 3 Airbus A330s aircraft, having an average fleet age of around 3 years. The company also has 4 new Airbus airliners on order.

Cadence Aerospace appoints Robert J. Saia as Senior Vice President, Business Development

Cadence Aerospace, a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers, has appointed Robert J. (Bob) Saia as Senior Vice President, Business Development.

In this role, Saia will lead the company’s business development team to meet customer requirements and identify new market opportunities to execute the strategic business plan for the Cadence Aerospace organization.

With Centers of Excellence based in the U.S. and Mexico, Cadence Aerospace serves the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft, aerostructures, aeroequipment and other defense platforms.


New North American facility to focus on Aerospace sub-system testing

A new facility has been developed in Michigan to help the Aerospace industry with specialist testing requirements. Developed and operated by Drive System Design Inc, the North American subsidiary of UK-based driveline engineering consultancy Drive System Design, the facility will offer a unique approach to the design, test and development of various sub-systems in the Aerospace industry.

“As aircraft become more complex, so does the testing required to validate it, as a result we have seen an increase in demand for specialist testing expertise,” says Jon Brentnall, President DSD Inc. “Our parent company has developed what we believe is Europe’s most advanced, commercially-available development center for gearbox efficiency, with many test systems designed in-house to ensure that areas that have not previously received sufficient attention can now be investigated. It is our intention to build similar test capability tailored to the North American market.”

The facility will initially house a loaded gearbox efficiency test rig and will be developed throughout the year to finally include three pieces of gearbox test equipment. The current rig, which is fully operational, is suitable for various applications, such as layshaft and planetary gearboxes for APU’s and landing gear applications.

Further expansion throughout the year will include a hydraulic test stand for hydraulic valve body development and a dynamic tilt rig, which provides enhanced lubrication flow analysis capability.

“This will require a larger facility in the area, which we are already investigating,” says Brentnall. “We are delighted to be offering this opportunity for the automotive industry in North America, but also for aspiring engineers looking for their next challenge – the initial expansion has already generated nine engineering vacancies.”

The new facility will also include extensive customer accessibility, allowing DSD’s engineers to work closely with its customers throughout design, development and validation programs.

Singapore Airlines selects GuideU for Boeing 787 fleet

Singapore Airlines has chosen Lufthansa Technik's GuideU 1000-Series emergency floor path marking system to be installed into its new Boeing 787-10 fleet. A total of 49 aircraft of this type are scheduled to be delivered to Singapore's flag carrier since the first quarter of 2018. Singapore Airlines already relies on GuideU for its Airbus A350 fleet.

The GuideU 1000-Series is the next-generation non-electrical floor path marking system, using photoluminescent strips to guide passengers to the exits if cabin lighting fails. GuideU 1000-Series is available in many different colors that can be integrated into any cabin design, making it almost invisible under normal lighting conditions. Fillers in various sizes allow adapting the light strip assembly height to different carpets.

Bombardier MRO

Aero Mechanical Industries re-brands as AerSale Component Solutions®

AerSale®, a global supplier of mid-life aircraft, engines, used serviceable material, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has reported the rebranding of its Aero Mechanical Industries facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, to AerSale Component Solutions.

Specializing in the MRO of composite and mechanical airframe components, AerSale Component Solutions provides a wide range of innovative, high-quality component overhaul and aircraft component repair solutions developed to meet or exceed OEM standards. These services are fully supported with a large inventory of aircraft spares, loaners, and exchange units.

The company’s location is situated in the Albuquerque area, New Mexico’s largest city, and features a 100,000-ft² aircraft repair facility with five adjoining work stations. A team of over 35 aerospace professionals and mechanics handles airframe component and structures repairs and overhauls, composite flight surfaces, sheet metal, structures, nacelles, mechanical component repairs, full Level III NDT services, certified welding, brush cadmium plating, and aluminum flame spray.

AerSale acquired Aero Mechanical Industries in 2015.



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