STS wins 3 year contract with Thomas Cook

SAS Technical Services (STS) and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia A/S have agreed to a 3-year prolongation of the existing cooperation. A new contract has been signed and STS will accordingly, effective December 1st 2008, deliver line maintenance services to Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, inclusive hangar A-check, field team assistance, engineering support and component consumables.

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Finnair and Finncomm form joint venture maintenance company

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines have formed a joint venture, Finnish Aircraft Maintenance Oy (FAM), which will specialise in maintenance services for regional aircraft. Finnair and Finncomm Airlines will each own 50% of the company. The company has earlier operated as part of the Finncomm Group. The Civil Aviation Authority granted FAM an aircraft maintenance licence at the beginning of August, at which time the company started operating. The license covers ATR turboprops and Embraer 145 jets. The intention of the company is to create at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport an effective maintenance organisation which will serve both domestic and international customers. The Read more

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Aviall to market Pratt & Whitney engine parts

Aviall Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has entered into an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engine Group for exclusive global distribution rights for new parts for non-military JT9D 7/7Q/7R series turbofan engines. Per terms of the agreement, the contract extends for the life of the engine program and Aviall will assume distributorship of the JT9D new engine parts following a formal transition period, estimated to last about six months. The JT9D 7/7Q/7R series turbofan engines are installed on aircraft such as the Boeing 747-100/200/300 (classics), DC-10 and Airbus A300 and A310. The JT9D has a Read more

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Kunpeng Airlines signs service contract with Embraer

Embraer signed a five-year Embraer Collaborative Inventory Parts (ECIP) service contract with Kunpeng Airlines Co., Ltd., the newest E-Jets operator in China. Kun Peng currently has more than 1,900 part numbers from seven maintenance bases covered by ECIP. The ECIP program monitors customer parts usage, guarantees automatic stock replenishment, shortens delivery times for contracted parts, and establishes a baseline for the carriers to better manage their costs. By reducing the workload for planning, controlling and purchasing expendable parts, the airlines can also save management time for repairable items. Kunpeng Airlines is a joint venture between China

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Virgin Blue signs OnPoint solution agreement for CFM56 engines

Virgin Blue has entered a six-year OnPointSM solution agreement that covers the maintenance and overhaul of all CFM56-7B engines operated by Virgin Blue and its international carrier Pacific Blue. The agreement is valued at up to $300 million. With more than 31 percent of the Australian domestic market and a modern fleet of 68 Next Generation Boeing 737-700 and -800 aircraft and Embraer E-190 and E-170 aircraft, Virgin Blue Airlines currently operates more than 2,100 flights a week to 24 Australian cities and centres and eight international destinations incorporating ports in New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Read more

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Gulfstream receive EASA operational credit for EVS-equipped aircraft to fly approaches to 100 feet

Gulfstream Aerospace recently became the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to receive approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for all of its aircraft equipped with the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) to obtain operational credit for continuing approaches to 100 feet. EU-OPS rule 1.430(h), the European equivalent of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.175, requires pilots using instrument approach procedures be able to visually see the approach lights and runway environment from a predetermined distance in order to proceed with landing the aircraft. With EVS, that distance has been reduced to 100 feet, because the pilot can use the Read more

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StandardAero receives FAA STC for King Air 200 PT6A-42 upgrade program

StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC-SA02603CH-D) to remove Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-41 series engines on the Beechcraft King Air 200 and replace them with new or serviceable PT6A-42 engines. StandardAero is the only PT6A designated overhaul facility that can offer customers both maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and engine upgrade options. Upgrading to the StandardAero PT6A-42 engine program provides King Air 200 operators with the latest in PWC engine technology, increased aircraft value and increased performance. True Airspeed (TAS) at Flight Level 240 increases to 290 knots and no airframe modifications Read more

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Cyclone to supply Boeing F-15 components valued at $31 million

Elbit Systems announced that its subsidiary, Cyclone Aviation Products has been awarded a contract by The Boeing Company valued at approx. $31 million to supply structural components for its F-15 fighter jets. The contract calls for the supply of external fuel tanks, pylons, horizontal stabilizers and gun access doors. Deliveries are scheduled between 2009 and 2011.

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