Friday, October 19th, 2018



Greybull Capital LLP to become the majority shareholder in Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL)

Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), a leading aircraft MRO provider, has agreed the terms of the company’s new ownership structure, with Greybull Capital LLP becoming the majority shareholder.
As the restructuring progresses, MAEL’s lenders, PNC, will continue to provide facilities and support, and many of the operator’s key customers are also looking to support the business.

In the last year MAEL’s geographical footprint increased with the opening of a new component maintenance facility in Northampton which created more than 100 new jobs, taking the workforce to over 800 staff. MAEL additionally doubled the size of its industry-renowned apprenticeship scheme.

MAEL is a leading independent aircraft maintenance company with a skilled and experienced management team which has strengthened the company’s customer base through new contracts with a number of leading airlines. MAEL’s Luton and Birmingham, U.K., facilities have current contracted work which extends throughout 2019.

MAEL was spun off as an independent company following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in October a year ago. MAEL’s clients include among others Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic and Wizz Air.


Swiss International Air Lines chooses Joramco as maintenance provider

Swiss International Air Lines and Joramco have signed a 5-year agreement by which Joramco will perform C-Checks and HMV checks on the SWISS Airbus fleet, A320, A333 and A340. The agreement also includes incorporation of ADs, SBs and structure repairs at Joramco’s Base Maintenance facility in Amman (Jordan). As of today Joramco has performed 35 successful layovers for Swiss International Air Lines.

SWISS and the Lufthansa Group are working in very close cooperation with Joramco to introduce new ways of working together. Both parties have just completed a week’s workshop together to streamline their procedures and processes. The goal of the workshop was to improve TAT, material deliveries, order to invoicing, final documentation, cabin standards, in-house capabilities and have a technical acceptable aircraft on redelivery.

The cooperation between Joramco and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) started early 2017.

American Airlines, Los Angeles World Airports break ground on US$1.6 billion reimagining of terminals 4 and 5

American Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officially broke ground on a US$1.6 billion modernization project to fully reimagine Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminals 4 and 5. The project marks American’s largest individual investment at an airport in its 92-year history and reaffirms the airline’s commitment to Los Angeles.

In June 2017, American signed a letter of intent with LAWA, which set the framework for the carrier’s record investment. Now, less than 18 months later, construction is officially underway.

The project will fully modernize and update the infrastructure of LAX’s two busiest domestic terminals. When completed, the new facility will create a world-class customer experience from end to end, with open and efficient check-in and security processing areas; more inviting gate areas with increased seating and access to modern amenities; and greater ability for airline operations to quickly adapt to and incorporate rapidly evolving new technologies.

The project will also reimagine the workspace of American’s 7,300-plus team members at LAX. Collaborative and open spaces will be designed to meet modern needs, with renovated break rooms; multi-use small and large meeting rooms; and team gathering spaces incorporated throughout the terminals.

Construction is now underway to reconfigure the Terminal 5 ticket lobby, allowing for the buildout of the Landside Access Modernization Project (LAMP) Core, a new facility being built in between Terminals 4 and 5 that will provide vertical circulation (elevators, escalators and stairs) for passengers arriving from the new Automated People Mover (APM) train system. From there, the project will continue in a carefully planned, phased approach that will move from curbside to gate areas.

In total, the project is expected to generate more than 6,000 jobs with more than 30% dedicated to local labor and 20% for minority- and women-owned business participation.


Portugal's Air Force orders five AW119Kx multirole helicopters

Leonardo released that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from Leonardo’s plant in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA), with completion of deliveries by early 2020.

The contract awarded by the Portuguese MoD is valued in excess of €20 million. The AW119Kx helicopters will be used to perform a wide range of roles including training, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short range maritime search and rescue (SAR) and may be used for firefighting.

The AW119Kx will provide greater versatility and performance compared to the current Portuguese Air Force fleet of ageing single engine rotary wing aircraft, as well as an outstanding training capability for military crews before moving to the AW101, Super Lynx and other frontline types.

OEMServices signs memo of understanding with Meggitt PLC to serve operators in the Middle East, Africa and Russia

Meggitt PLC and OEMServices have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide component after-market services for airlines operating in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Russia/CIS.

OEMServices will provide distribution services for Meggitt in the named regions and a one-stop shop for repair operations utilising dedicated global service centers and a 24/7 AOG hotline, committed to responding to operator needs within the hour.

OEMServices’ expertise in serving operators in these markets will ensure that Meggitt OE approved solutions are immediately available, optimizing repair turn around times and minimizing operational interruptions.

Adrian Plevin, Meggitt CSS Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing believes “Our partnership with OEMServices is a perfect opportunity for us to extend our global reach, ensuring that Meggitt original equipment solutions are available to operators worldwide, with the guaranteed service levels our customers expect.”

Aero Controls

Embraer and Air Peace sign multi-year Pool Program Agreement for six ERJ-145 jets

Embraer and Air Peace, Nigeria’s leading private airline, have signed a multi-year Pool Program Agreement for spare parts and support covering more than 250 components for their six Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

Based at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Ikeja, Lagos State, the airline provides passenger and charter services and serves the major cities of Nigeria, the West Coast of Africa and hopes to launch its international operations soon. With their ERJ-145 jets, it aims to expand their local and regional routes and transform air travel in the country.

The contract also contemplates access to a huge and reliable stock inventory of more than 150 different parts under the Embraer Parts Exchange Program (EPEP+), which provides part availability in far less time than usual, avoiding Aircraft on Ground situations and delays due to lack of specific parts.

Revima signs new contracts with major US carrier and with Air Serbia

REVIMA has entered into a long-term maintenance agreement for the support of all TSCP700 APUs operated by a US carrier. Through this multi-year agreement, Revima will provide APU and LRU repair and overhaul services for its new customer’s aircraft fleet. The repairs will be carried out at Revima’s main facility located in Normandy, France.

Furthermore Revima has reported that it has entered into a Fleet Management Agreement to provide APU Health Monitoring Services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada APS3200 and Honeywell 131-9A APUs installed on A320 family aircraft operated by Air Serbia.

The services include a state of the art Health Monitoring System utilizing advance graphical applications, data analytics and expert knowledge to auto-generate maintenance alerts as a result of simple parameter and trend shifts to more complex multiple parameter correlation shifts. The system modifies easily to adapt to multiple APU models across various aircraft platforms without needing any aircraft modifications.

Air Serbia operates 21 aircraft including A319, A320, A330, ATR 73-200, ATR 72-500, and Boeing 737-300.


STG Aerospace wins order from Volotea for 45 full-colour liTeMood® LED cabin lighting systems

STG Aerospace, the pioneering aircraft cabin lighting specialist, has announced that its full-colour Airbus liTeMood® LED cabin lighting system has been chosen by Volotea, the Spanish low-cost operator.

Currently operating a mixed fleet of A319s and Boeing 717s, the airline plans to move to an all-Airbus fleet over the next five years, resulting in this current order with STG Aerospace for no fewer than 45 full-colour liTeMood® systems. Installation on the first batch of aircraft have already begun. Having begun operations in 2012, Volotea currently flies to some 78 European destinations from bases in Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

STG Aerospace introduced its dynamic, configurable, full colour version of liTeMood® earlier this year for both single and twin aisle Airbus aircraft. The system provides a choice of over 16 million colours and can be used to create bespoke scenes (from northern lights to sunrises and sunsets to settings specifically designed to celebrate national holidays) in just minutes using a unique and patented wireless programming tool.

Airstream arranges ATR72-202F aircraft sale

Aircraft remarketing specialist Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of an ATR72-202F on behalf of ASL Airlines.

The aircraft, serial number 183, was sold to Fleet Air of Hungary to be their first variant of the type. This is the 33rd ATR aircraft Airstream has successfully sold or leased in recent years.

TP Aerospace

Southeast Aerospace achieves STC/VSTC for Cobham A300D Satcom on Boeing 737NG

Southeast Aerospace, a leader in STC certifications, has obtained an STC and China validation (VSTC) for the Cobham A300D Satcom system in a Boeing 737NG. This will provide a multitude of connectivity options for crews flying over open waters where typical terrestrial connection is lost. The STC covers the 600/700/800 and 900 series.

Operators in China were required to meet the NextGen CAAC mandate for Satellite Communications Implementation Plan for Airline Operations Control. "The Cobham A300 was the most compact and lightweight SwiftBroadband solution," said Rob Reed, Director of Aircraft Modification Programs. "The ability to stay connected constantly is critical for business and commercial aviation," stated Reed. The Cobham A300D is also connected to an existing ACARS, which is a digital datalink system for transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations, to provide non-safety services.

GA Telesis MRO Services Component and Composite Repair Groups receive CAAV approval to overhaul components and aerostructures for Vietnamese Airlines

GA Telesis MRO Services - Component Repair Group and Composite Repair Group operations have both received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV).

CAAV approval provides the organizations with direct access to one of the fastest growing MRO markets in Asia for component and composite repair and overhaul. It will also allow the companies to further develop and expand their customer base in the region.

The Component Repair Group and Composite Repair Group have previously been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as countless other civil aviation authorities globally.

STS Component Solutions and Curtiss-Wright announce new aftermarket distribution partnership

STS Component Solutions partners with Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls division to add their line of commercial solutions for airlines, business aviation, and rotorcraft to its expanding OEM Distribution portfolio.

The products manufactured by Curtiss-Wright include position sensors, rotary and linear actuators, solenoids and valves.

“Our agreement with STS Component Solutions allows us to offer our commercial aviation solutions to the aftermarket quickly and effectively,” said Graham Macdonald, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sensors & Controls division. “We are confident the STS Component Solutions team will deliver superior distribution to our customers around the globe.”


Safran and Lufthansa Technik sign cooperation agreement for maintenance and repair of A320neo nacelles

Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik have signed a cooperative agreement for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on A320neo nacelles powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

This agreement, signed at the MRO Europe exhibition, aims to provide operators with flexible and cost-effective services based on the expertise of both companies: Safran Nacelles which develops and produces A320neo nacelles, and provides services; and Lufthansa Technik - a leading provider of technical aircraft services in the world.

Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik will combine their expertise to quickly propose to operators the development of repair services approved by airworthiness authorities. The two companies will also rationalize and optimize the use of their respective nacelle end-item stocks worldwide. The results will be increased accessibility and solutions that best match market demand.

Kellstrom Aerospace appointed as authorized global distributor by SKYMO for Aerospace specialty cleaners and degreasers

Kellstrom Aerospace has been appointed as exclusive distributor to all Commercial Passenger and Freight Airlines (both Major and Regional Carriers), located in the USA and Canada and authorized distributor worldwide for SKYMO’s complete line of aerospace cleaners, degreasers and chemicals.

"SKYMO is pleased to establish a partnership with Kellstrom Aerospace for distribution of our aerospace products worldwide," states Reyniel Santoya, Director of Operations SKYMO.
“Kellstrom is delighted to be able to offer our 1,200+ customers in over 86 countries the ability to choose SKYMO’s line of environmentally responsible and highly effective cleaners, degreasers, and other chemicals for the aerospace and defense industry to meet their needs,” commented Daniel Adamski, Executive Vice President – Distribution Kellstrom Aerospace.


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