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First A330P2F re-delivered by EFW to Altavair for MasAir Cargo

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) has announced the re-delivery of its first Airbus A330 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft to Altavair L.P., a global leader in commercial aviation finance and leasing. This delivery begins a series of freighter conversions that EFW is performing for its new customer, Altavair, based on technologically advanced Airbus A330 platform. Altavair currently has several A330P2Fs on order including both the A330-200P2F range variant and the A330-300P2F volume variant. 

“We are delighted to re-deliver our first converted freighter of 2022 to new customer, Altavair, for operation by MasAir Cargo,” said Andreas Sperl, CEO of EFW. “The A330P2F programme is considered very popular delivering best-in-class capability and fuel-efficiency. We are confident it will serve Altavair and MasAir Cargo well.”

MasAir Cargo is the first airline in the Americas to operate the Airbus widebody P2F and the first, globally, to operate the two Airbus A330P2F variants and will be embracing the aircraft family concept to build up a new Airbus freighter fleet with the A330-200P2F and A330-300P2F.

As with the A321P2F and A320P2F conversion programmes, the A330P2F programme is a collaboration between ST Engineering, Airbus and EFW. To meet the rising demand for freighter conversions, this year ST Engineering and EFW will set up new conversion sites in China and the US and ramp up total conversion capacity for all their Airbus P2F programmes to approximately 60 slots per year by 2024.

GA Telesis MRO Services Group expands capability scope of field support 24/7/365 Turbo Team™

GA Telesis' (GAT) MRO Services Group has expanded the scope of its on-site field support Turbo Team™. In 2021, GAT experienced an increase in requests for on-site technical and maintenance support for a greater volume of aircraft models and systems as the airlines ramped up their flight schedules. The MRO Services Group considers itself an extension of the airline's maintenance functions.

Turbo Teams™ are quickly dispatched to support grounded aircraft (AOG) in urgent need of on-site maintenance. These teams are composed of elite technicians and engineers that travel and troubleshoot, providing the necessary repairs and approvals for aircraft on-site. The team's support encompasses rapid response for maintenance, mirroring the MRO services suite of capabilities.

"Once again, our team rose to the challenge and provided immediate support to our airline customers," said Pastor Lopez, President of MRO Services. “Our solutions offer the airline customer solid results, cost savings and prompt return to service. We differentiate ourselves by providing our customers access to the GA Telesis Ecosystem™, which includes simultaneous component and engine support,” added Lopez.

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SWISS takes delivery of first Airbus A320neo with Airspace Cabin

SWISS has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo featuring the new Airspace Cabin configuration.

The new Airspace Cabin features slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level, better views through the windows with its redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades, large overhead bins for 60% more bags, the latest full LED lighting technologies, LED-lit ‘entrance area’ and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.

SWISS is a long-standing Airbus customer, operating Airbus A220 and A320-family aircraft on its European network and in addition A330s and A340s globally. In 2018 Lufthansa Group, the parent company of SWISS, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320-family aircraft on order from Airbus with Airspace Cabins.

New appointments to the AFI KLM E&M Executive Committee

On January 1, 2022, Bruno Tricoire and Nicolas Bertrand joined the AFI KLM E&M Executive Committee as SVP Components and SVP Industrial Affairs and Projects respectively. In the meantime, former SVP Components Benjamin Moreau has been named as the new SVP Strategy and Business Development – a role he takes over from Johann Panier, who leaves to take the lead of the Air France fleet as SVP Fleet Management.

Moreau began his career as a consultant at A.T. Kearney, before joining AFI KLM E&M in 2002. He started out as a project manager in the avionics division, going on to assume various responsibilities including Sales Director for Key Accounts and Head of Customer Services for Components. In 2014 he was named CEO of CRMA, an AFI KLM E&M affiliate specialising in components repair and engine module overhaul, where revenues doubled over the course of his four years in the post. In 2018 he was named SVP Components at AFI KLM E&M.

Tricoire began his career at AFI KLM E&M in 2004 as a Logistics Methods Manager. After occupying various roles in Engine Product Sales, Engine and Airframe Maintenance, he was named CEO of iGO Solutions in 2015, a structure dedicated to line maintenance/light maintenance for the Airbus A350/A330 and Boeing 737 fleets at Paris-Orly. Since 2018 he has been VP Base Maintenance for Air France Industries at Charles de Gaulle airport.

Bertrand began his career at Air France in 1987 as a Boeing 747 fleet maintenance engineer. In 1995 he participated in the creation of the Air France Fleet Management division, going on to oversee the integration of various new aircraft (including the 777-300ER and Boeing 777 Cargo). In 2011 he was named Long-Haul Fleet Director, a role that would involve preparing for the arrival of the Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900. In 2017, he became SVP Air France Fleet and was one of the key decision makers for the rationalization of the long-haul fleet and the choice of the A220 for the progressive replacement of the A318 and A319.

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Zetland Capital Partners and Greenwich Highland secure four additional A321-200PCF conversions with 321 Precision Conversions

321 Precision Conversions has announced that a joint venture formed by Zetland Capital Partners and Greenwich Highland Aviation has secured four additional A321-200PCF conversions for a total of six commitments.

The joint venture initially pledged two aircraft, MSN 1438 and MSN 1953, which will induct in early 2022 at HAECO Americas in Lake City, Florida. The additional four airframes will be inducted for conversion beginning in the first quarter of 2023.

CFM and Lufthansa Technik sign CBSA agreement on LEAP-1B engine services

Lufthansa Technik and CFM International (CFM) have concluded a LEAP-1B CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA). Being effective since January 1, 2022, this CFM license enables Lufthansa Technik to offer the widest-range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for CFM LEAP-1B engines.

Lufthansa Technik is the first independent MRO-provider to sign a CBSA for the LEAP-1B engine, enabling the company to offer high-quality, cost-efficient services for LEAP-1B engines to international customers. The LEAP-1B engine powers the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, of which more than 4,700 have been ordered to date. It is expected that up to 15,000 aircraft of this type will be operated worldwide in the future.

The CBSA includes extended licenses, access to repairs and a strong technical cooperation. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik will continue to make use of its extensive know-how of engine MRO and provide the full-range of MRO services tailored specifically to customers' requirements and to the needs corresponding to the life cycle of the engine. The focus will be on developing new MRO services and optimizing the operating costs for the operators of the LEAP-1B engine. The services will range from engine overhaul and parts repair to on-wing support and engineering support. Lufthansa Technik is the only independent MRO provider that holds both a CBSA for the LEAP-1A- and for the LEAP-1B engine.

LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

Atlas Air extends long-term agreement with Chinese SF Group

Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, announced the extension of a long-term aircraft transportation services agreement to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter for SF Group (SF), one of China’s leading express service providers, between China and the United States.

The agreement, which has been in place since 2018, enhances the operating capability of SF and extends its fast-growing global network.

SF is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
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