EU and State of Qatar sign fair competition landmark aviation deal

The European Union and the state of Qatar have signed a major aviation transport agreement relating to flights between the two destinations. Currently Qatar is the 15th most-popular destination country for EU travelers, attracting 6.3 million passengers in 2019. The intention is for the agreement between the EU and Qatar to establish a new global benchmark by including social and environmental protection amidst a commitment to fair competition from both sides. European Commissioner Adina Vălean, responsible for mobility and transport, said: “This agreement, the first one between the EU and the Gulf region, is a global benchmark for forward-looking aviation Read more

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Timothy J. McBride named President of ST Engineering North America

ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group, has appointed Timothy J. McBride as President of ST Engineering North America, its U.S. headquarters in Alexandria, VA, effective November 1, 2021. The U.S. is the group’s single largest market outside of Singapore, and contributes about a quarter of total revenue. McBride joins the group from Raytheon Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations, responsible for developing and executing advocacy strategies as well as advancing the company’s global business interests. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for United Technologies (UTC), where he Read more

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MTU Maintenance opens dedicated on-site service facility in region of Berlin Brandenburg

CF 34 engine on wing maintenance ©MTU Maintenance

MTU Maintenance aims to become the number one on-site and near wing engine service provider in Europe with its new dedicated facility in the region of Berlin Brandenburg. The opening of the new facility will happen in November 2021 and will house quick-turn engine bays and be a base for a dedicated on-site and AOG team for CF34-8/-10 and CFM56-7B and, later in 2022, CFM56-5B and V2500 engines. With the new facility located in direct proximity to MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg in Ludwigsfelde, MTU is following its philosophy to carry out smaller workscopes in dedicated bays to reduce shop visit complexity Read more

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Honeywell and AJW Group announce global sole distribution agreement for B787 new products

AJW Group, an independent aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider, and Honeywell have announced a worldwide sole distributor agreement for the global sales of 29 Honeywell standard-fit new products for the Boeing 787 platform.   Under the terms of the agreement, AJW will be the sole aftermarket distributor for all Honeywell new products fitted to the current and future fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. The agreement will cover initial provisioning and on-going purchasing requirements for all operators and integrated service providers worldwide. The list covers parts ranging from inertial reference units to flight control modules and global Read more

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Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services sign MoU to pursue defense, development, and support opportunities

MoU signing ceremony between Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services ©Embraer

Embraer, Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU opens opportunities to explore for a broad range of activities in the defense, commercial and support markets. “Embraer is an ideal partner for this collaboration. Our heritage and deep understanding of aircraft products and solutions will allow us to bring a unique perspective to the many development areas that Embraer is investigating,” Roland van Dijk, CEO of Fokker Techniek. “Fokker Techniek and Fokker Services are well-known and reputable aerospace companies with roots in building aircraft and supporting aircraft fleets worldwide. Their network, experience and worldwide Read more

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StandardAero extends multi-year engine contract to service Binter’s fleet of ATR 72 turboprops

Binter ATR 72-600 turboprop ©AirTeamImages

StandardAero has been selected by Gran Canaria-based regional airline Binter to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127F and PW127M engines which power the airline’s fleet of ATR 72 turboprop aircraft. Under the multi-year agreement, StandardAero will provide Binter with PW127F/M MRO services from its OEM-authorized PW100 Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) in Gonesse, France.  This exclusive multi-year contract extends a long-running relationship between the two companies, StandardAero having supported Binter from its DOF locations in France and Canada. The agreement also extends StandardAero’s position as an engine MRO provider of choice for operators in Read more

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AAR signs contract with flydubai for continuing Boeing 737NG PBH component support

AAR has signed an agreement with flydubai to renew its power-by-the-hour (PBH) component pool and repair support for the airline´s Next-Generation (NG) Boeing 737 fleet. The new five-year contract builds on a partnership that started in 2016 to provide comprehensive rotable component support for flydubai’s 737NG fleet. This renewal demonstrates flydubai’s trust in AAR and its recognition of the value AAR’s supply chain services bring to the Middle East’s fastest growing airline.

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SmartLynx Airlines opens new line maintenance center – SmartLynx Technik –

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SmartLynx Airlines, EU-based specialists in full-service ACMI aircraft leasing solutions and charter operations, has announced the initiation and implementation of a new Part-145 line maintenance organization SmartLynx Technik, to bring greater control back in-house. As SmartLynx Airlines continues rapid business development SmartLynx Technik will be established to care for the airline’s Airbus fleet. The new center will be EASA approved for A320/A330 aircraft types. SmartLynx Technik engineers will be working from bases in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia, and will be available to cover the whole of Europe when an aircraft recovery or support to sub-contracted suppliers is required. The Read more

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AOC awarded to MENA Aerospace Enterprises’ new cargo division

The turnkey solutions provider of comprehensive airport and aviation services in Bahrain, MENA Aerospace Enterprises, is launching a new division – MENA Cargo. The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) department has officially awarded an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to MENA Cargo, which sits under the MAE Aircraft Management WLL branch of MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL. MENA Cargo is now officially open for business, as its personnel, assets, and systems have been approved to begin commercial operations. MENA Cargo is the newest dedicated full-service cargo airline to enter the MENA region, and the third freighter operator in Read more

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First A320-family jet in Pakistan takes to the skies with airblue

airblue has taken delivery of its first of two A320-family aircraft from ©GECAS

Pakistani regional and international carrier airblue has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A320-family aircraft, a narrow-body A321-200NX. The aircraft was flown from Hamburg in Germany to Karachi in Pakistan and the CFM LEAP-powered aircraft was from GECAS’ skyline. The aircraft is also the first A320-family aircraft to be operated by a Pakistani airline.   “GECAS is delighted to support airblue’s fleet expansion with this CFM LEAP-powered neo as they grow their operations throughout the region,” commented Mick O’Mahony, GECAS SVP & Region Manager. “Airblue is privileged to bring this new-technology 237-seat A321NX narrowbody into service. It is Read more

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