Aeronautical Engineers Receives FAA Certification for B737-800SF

Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (ST02690LA) for the passenger-to-freighter conversion of B737-800 aircraft. The prototype B737-800SF freighter conversion (MSN 29121) was completed in December yet experienced a delay in certification due to the partial government shutdown.   “We believe the AEI B737-800SF will become the industry’s standard narrowbody freighter for the next 40 plus years,” explained Robert Convey, AEI Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. “When compared to the B737-400SF, the B737-800SF has better fuel burn characteristics combined with a substantial increase in payload capability which will provide operators with improved operating economics.” AEI has taken great Read more

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SilkAir Selects Thompson Aero Seating For Flat-Bed Business Class Seat Upgrades

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Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) regional wing, SilkAir, has selected Thompson Aero Seating for the upgrade of Business Class seats on its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. The upgrades are a part of a significant investment programme that will eventually see SilkAir merged into SIA. The upgrades will commence in May 2020 and will feature new lie-flat Business Class seats in a forward-facing staggered layout – in line with SIA’s regional Business Class offering on its Airbus A350-900 medium-haul and Boeing 787-10 fleets. SilkAir currently has five 737 MAX 8s in its fleet with another 32 on order. The new seats will Read more

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Embraer Signs Pool Program Contract to Support Air Astana’s new E-Jets E2 fleet

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Embraer and Air Astana, a flag carrier of Kazakhstan, have reached a multi-year agreement on a Flight Hour Pool Program to support the component needs for the airline’s new E2 fleet, Embraer’s second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft. The E2’s entry into service marks the beginning of Air Astana’s fleet renewal. Currently the airline operates a fleet of nine E190s aircraft, the first of which was delivered in 2011, when the airline joined Embraer Pool Program. Now, with the extension of the pool program for the new E190-E2s, Air Astana have extended their trust in our strong Read more

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Boeing and Safran Announce New APU Joint Venture

Boeing and Safran have jointly announced the name of their 50-50 joint venture to design, build and service Auxiliary Power Units (APUs): Initium Aerospace. From its Latin roots, initium means ‘the beginning’ or ‘to start.’ This is what an APU is and does when it provides the power to start the main aircraft engines and systems on the ground and, if necessary, in flight. Initium Aerospace starts with Boeing’s customer and airplane knowledge and Safran’s experience designing and producing complex propulsion systems. The creation of Initium Aerospace follows the regulatory and antitrust approvals the joint venture received last November, after Read more

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Lufthansa Technik Received Approval from the General Authority of Civil Aviation

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Lufthansa Technik has received the approval from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for maintenance services on aircraft registered in Saudi Arabia. In January 2019, a first A-Check on a corresponding Airbus A320 was already conducted by Lufthansa Technik Middle East mechanics in the hangar of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim LLC, a joint venture of DC Aviation and the Al-Futtaim Group at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai World Central Airport) in Dubai. The 400 man-hours check was the second A-Check accomplished in January 2019 within the Lufthansa Technik and DC Aviation Al-Futtaim cooperation. It Read more

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Joramco Signs Long-Term Agreement with Boeing for Hardware and Chemical Product Lines

Boeing Distribution Services (formerly KLX Aerospace Solutions) secured a long-term contract with Joramco at MRO Middle East 2019. The contract will provide the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company with aerospace hardware and chemical products and services. Birgitt Pohlkamp vice president of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India sales for Boeing Distribution Services said. “We will further support Joramco’s third party maintenance business, providing inventory availability and the security of fixed term pricing on consolidated deliveries. We are pleased to partner in Joramco’s growth.”

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BOSA Launches Thailand Based Joint MRO Venture

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BOSA has launched its first business in the Asia-Pacific region under the Royal Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative. BOSA-Thayaan Aircraft Service  (BTAS), a joint venture (JV) between BOSA and Thailand-based Thayaan Aviation Consultants Group, will commence line maintenance operations at U-Tapao Airport (UTP). The EEC initiative is seeking to create a “Thailand 4.0” through investment incentives in 10 key sectors, including aerospace. The goal for “EEC Aeropolis” is to build a regional aerospace hub anchored by UTP that includes facilities for MRO, cargo logistics, manufacturing and aviation training. One such MRO facility will be a JV between Airbus and Read more

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Evelop Airlines to Become New Lufthansa Technik Customer for A350 Component Support

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Spanish Airline Evelop has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide Total Component Support for the airline’s future Airbus A350 aircraft. The ten-year contract covers two A350-900 that will enter Evelop’s fleet in March 2019 and 2020 respectively. Founded in 2013 as part of the Barceló Group, the Evelop fleet comprises a total of two Airbus A330-300, with capacity for 388 passengers, an Airbus A330-200 with 287 seats and an Airbus A320 for 180 passengers. Two Airbus A350-900 will be added to the fleet as of March 2019. Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, Evelop serves destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Mauritius.

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EngineStands24 Has Launched its New Engine Stands Hub in Dubai, UAE

EngineStands24 has launched its new engine stands hub in Dubai, UAE. EngineStands24 launched its Emirates hub in cooperation with Chabok Aviation, a Dubai-based supplier of aircraft parts and components. The new hub will store stands for narrow-body aircraft engines, including those for CFM56-5A/B, CFM56-7B and V2500. The warehouse will also be supplemented with a range of wide-body aircraft engine stands in the near future.

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OEMServices Becomes Exclusive Repair Distributor of Triumph Actuation & Control, MEA Region

OEMServices has signed an exclusive repair distributor agreement with Triumph Integrated Systems Actuation & Control, geared at servicing Triumph’s customers in the Middle East and Africa. OEMServices will operate aftermarket services for Triumph Actuation & Control from its Dubai service center located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone area. More specifically, the component services provided by OEMServices include a one-stop shop based in Dubai for repair needs and a 24/7 AOG desk and hotline answering operators’ urgent needs within an hour. OEMServices’ expertise in servicing operators will ensure that adequate solutions are immediately provided to optimise repair turnaround times and Read more

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