6,700 forced job losses follow on from Boeing’s VLO program

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Having laid off over 5,520 workers through its Voluntary Lay Off program, Boeing has announced that the company’s current financial plight will require the shedding of many thousands more jobs over the coming months, starting with an initial tranche of 6,700 compulsory redundancies. The world’s second-largest planemaker has been struggling with the financial fallout from the 737 MAX program which has seen that jet grounded since March 2019 and unlikely to take to the skies until August 2020 at the earliest, a problem now exacerbated by the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on global air travel and, consequently, Read more

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West Star Aviation completes first G650 inspection

Work on the G650 jet at ©West Star Aviation's East Alton, IL, facility

West Star Aviation is completing its first 12-, 24- and 48-month inspection on a Gulfstream G650 jet at its East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. The inspections will take a total of 1200 hours and will be completed within a 4-5-week timeframe. The aircraft is only four years old and is under full warranty, however the customer chose West Star because of its specialized Gulfstream expertise and talented technical team.

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Boeing resumes 737 MAX production at Renton, Washington factory

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Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s Renton, Washington factory. The 737 program began building airplanes at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality. “We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 MAX.” During the temporary suspension of production that began in January, mechanics and engineers collaborated to refine Read more

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Finnair signs ten-year Global Maintenance Agreement with ATR

Finnair signs ten-year GMA with ATR for Nordic Regional Airlines’ fleet of 12 ATR 72-500

ATR and one of its long-standing customers, the Finnish airline Finnair, have signed a ten-year Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). Through this package, Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (NoRRA) – who operates Finnair’s regional ATR traffic – will benefit from a customised support from ATR, which will help the airline better anticipate maintenance costs while enhancing the dispatch reliability of its fleet of 12 ATR 72-500. This pay-by-the-hour contract covers the repair, overhaul and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units, along with its door-to-door delivery and an on-site leased stock of spare parts. Finnair will also benefit from blades maintenance and Read more

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DC Aviation Group receives contract to overhaul Challenger 605 including 48-month check

DC Aviation Group have been awarded a contract for the comprehensive overhaul of a Challenger 605 including a 48-month check, a cabin refurbishment as well as a Proline 21 Advanced Upgrade. The work will be carried out at DC Aviation’s Stuttgart Maintenance Centre. The Proline 21 Advanced Upgrade includes the installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment. This surveillance technology is already mandatory in the U.S.A. and the UAE since January 1, 2020 and will be mandatory in Europe from June 7, 2020. With this system, the aircraft can be tracked as it determines its position via satellite navigation and Read more

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries closing down all U.S. SpaceJet facilities

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft, has announced that all facilities in America associated with the development of its SpiceJet aircraft are to close with the loss of approximately 600 jobs. The recently rebranded SpaceJet project has been beset with problems since it was first launched as the Mitsubishi Regional Jet in 2008 and is many years behind schedule as well as frequently bleeding cash. In 2019 development costs ran at US$1.3 billion. Closures involve the Renton and Moses Lake plants in Washington, with the loss of 400 and 200 jobs respectively. Mitsubishi’s aviation operations have been hard Read more

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C&L Aerospace signs distributor agreement with ACR ARTEX

C&L Aerospace has signed a multi-year worldwide distribution agreement with ACR ARTEX for the company’s entire aviation product line. This agreement, which includes over 50 different line items available for all aircraft types, encompasses survival products such as emergency locator transmitters (ELT) replacement batteries, ELTs, personal locator beacons, antennae, and more.  C&L Aerospace specializes in supplying aircraft parts for regional aircraft such as the ATR, ERJ, Saab, and Beech 1900D, and corporate aircraft such as the Challenger, Global Express, Hawker, and BeechJet.

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Iberia Maintenance returning to higher levels of productivity from May onwards

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Since the COVID19 pandemic began, Iberia Maintenance has retained a level of productivity, with a clear priority on protecting the health of their employees, customers and suppliers whilst adapting to the new market norm and different challenges. Iberia Maintenance is focused on the needs of its customers and is prepared to increase its activity from May with a ramp-up of its productivity to support the new norm of market demand. Therefore, all Iberia Maintenance business areas are ready to deliver the services and support the tailored needs of its customers in these complicated times, including engine, component and aircraft checks Read more

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GAMECO starts first B737-800 PTF conversion

©GAMECO starts first PTF conversion on a Boeing 737-800

On May 18, 2020, a B737-800 was towed into GAMECO hangar, marking the inauguration of its first B737-800 PTF (passenger to freighter) conversion after half-year preparation. Nowadays, under the pandemic prevention and control activities going on around the world, a serious shortage of capacity has been exposed in the air cargo market. With a surge in demands for all freighters, the opening of this GAMECO PTF production line can meet the increasing air cargo transportation demands home and abroad, as well as contribute to the capacity expansion of global air cargo market. It is the first time GAMECO has carried Read more

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GKN Aerospace and Eviation sign collaboration agreement for all-electric aircraft Alice

Alice, the all-electric aircraft launched by Eviation

The collaboration agreement between GKN Aerospace and Eviation covers the design and manufacture of wings, empennage and electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for Alice, the regional electric aircraft recently launched by Eviation. The aircraft is aiming to change the way people travel, by making journeys of distances up to 650 miles more sustainable. As part of GKN Aerospace’s collaboration agreement with Eviation, design and manufacturing activities are already ongoing on-site at Eviation (Israel) and in several GKN Aerospace engineering centres across Europe. GKN Aerospace is using its capability in the design and manufacture of advanced lightweight aerostructures and EWIS – Read more

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