DAES Group announces new business partnership at Singapore Airshow 2020

DAES Group, a global aerospace solutions provider, has announced a new business partnership with MDS Aero, a supplier of turnkey test solutions for engine and engine components. The agreement was signed on February 12, during a private meeting at the Singapore Airshow. MDS Aero designs, builds, and upgrades aero engine test facilities all over the world. Leveraging 35 years of industry experience and in-house technical expertise, MDS has been the solution partner of choice for aviation industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, GE, Airbus, Air France, Air Canada, Snecma, and more. MDS Aero adds value to its customers Read more

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Rolls-Royce starts manufacture of largest fan blades for next-generation UltraFan® demonstrator

An Artist's impression of the UltraFan demonstrator ©

Rolls-Royce has started manufacture of the world’s largest fan blades, for its UltraFan® demonstrator engine that will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability. A set of the composite blades have a 140-inch diameter, which is almost the size of a current narrow-body fuselage and are being made at the company’s technology hub in Bristol, U.K. The milestone also marks the official start of production of parts for the demonstrator. UltraFan® will set new standards in efficiency and sustainability, offering a 25% fuel reduction compared to the first generation of Trent engine and deliver the same percentage reduction in emissions. Read more

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Royal Thai Air Force joins H135 military training operators

The Royal Thai Air Force joins H135 military training operators ©Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement program. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilized for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement the Royal Thai Air Force’s existing H225M fleet, bringing its Airbus fleet to 18 units. Equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ state-of-the-art Helionix avionics suite, the H135 offers optimal safety conditions for basic and advanced mission training, while providing a platform for Read more

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Boeing signs supply chain agreements at Singapore Airshow with multiple airlines and operators

©Boeing signs multiple supply chain agreements at the Singapore Airshow

Boeing has signed supply chain agreements at the Singapore Airshow with multiple airlines and operators. The agreements will enable Asia-Pacific carriers to leverage Boeing’s global supply chain to streamline maintenance, repair, and operations. Supply chain services agreements include: All Nippon Airways, the largest airline in Japan, has expanded an agreement for consumable and expendable services to its entire fleet. Cathay Pacific, the home carrier of Hong Kong, renewed a multiyear agreement for consumable and expendable services building on a long-standing partnership for spare parts inventory management. Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation (EGAT), an MRO with a long-standing partnership between EVA Air Read more

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LHT and Vistara sign 12-year component support agreement

Vistara Boeing 787-9 aircraft ©LHT

TATA SIA Airlines (Vistara) and Lufthansa Technik have signed a twelve-year component support agreement for the Boeing 787 fleet to be operated by Vistara. The Indian carrier has six firm orders and four options for this aircraft type. The agreement covers a wide range of aircraft components for the Boeing 787. Service provision will start as early as the first quarter of 2020.  Lufthansa Technik already supports the Indian airline with single component services, ad hoc composites repairs (Airframe Related Components, ARC®), consumables supply and AOG (Aircraft on Ground) support for the carrier’s Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 fleets.

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Philippine Airlines selects Airinmar’s new aircraft warranty and value engineering services

AAR Airinmar and PAL contract signing ©AAR

AAR’s subsidiary Airinmar, an independent global provider of component repair management and new aircraft warranty solutions, has signed a three-year support services agreement with flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL). Working in conjunction with PAL’s Aircraft Material Management team, Airinmar will provide a full suite of support services covering both new aircraft warranty and value engineering. The services will supplement PAL’s current activities and focus on maximizing the recovery of PAL’s new aircraft warranty entitlements and reducing the cost of component repair. 

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Japan Airlines signs GEnx service agreement

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a nine-year TrueChoiceTM flight hour agreement that covers the airline’s GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 787 international fleet. The agreement is valued at US$1.3 billion over the life of the contract. JAL and GE have a long-standing relationship that began with the CF6 engine. Today, JAL operates an extensive fleet of aircraft powered by GE’s CF6, CF34, GE90, GEnx and CFM International’s CFM56 engines.

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ST Engineering’s Aerospace arm secures five-year nacelle maintenance contract from Qantas

ST Engineering’s Aerospace arm has secured a five-year nacelle maintenance contract from Qantas Airways. Under the agreement, ST Engineering will provide nacelle maintenance services starting from 2020 to the airline’s Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330 fleet. ST Engineering’s solutions for aircraft engine nacelles cover both aftermarket services and original equipment manufacturing, which are supported by a network of distribution centers, satellite stores and repair shops across the globe. In Stockholm, the Group has a Nacelle MRO facility that covers a wide range of engine nacelles including the latest Boeing 787 Trent 1000 and GenX engine nacelles.  In Middle River, U.S., Read more

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TAG Aviation Asia becomes Authorized Service Facility for Bombardier Business aircraft in Hong Kong

TAG Aviation Asia has been appointed as an Authorized Service Facility for Bombardier Aviation in Hong Kong. This approval includes the Bombardier Global 5000 GVFD, Global 6000 GVFD, Global 7500, and the Challenger 605, for line maintenance services in the region. TAG Aviation Asia has maintenance centres in Hong Kong and Macau. The company provides world class maintenance and cleaning services include internal and external aircraft cleaning services, and Permaguard paint protection at either Hong Kong / Macau permanent stations or across APAC region with Mobile Repair Party teams.

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Collins Aerospace to invest US$225 million in landing systems facility expansions

Fort Worth wheel and brake MRO shop floor ©Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace Systems plans to open a new landing systems facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and to expand its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. An expansion of the company’s carbon brake manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, is already underway. The announcement reflects the growth of the company’s landing systems business in recent years, driven by increasing demand for its wheels, brakes and landing gear from commercial, military and business aviation customers. Key to the company’s success has been its ability to provide customers with innovative solutions to improve operational performance. For example, Collins Aerospace’s patented DURACARB® carbon friction Read more

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