Pratt & Whitney selects Goodrich as nacelle system provider

Pratt & Whitney has selected Goodrich Corporation to be the exclusive provider of the complete nacelle systems for its new Geared Turbofan engine for both the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) and the Bombardier CSeries aircraft families. The award is expected to generate more than $5 billion in original equipment and aftermarket revenue for Goodrich during the 25-year period following entry into service. Under the agreement, the Goodrich Aerostructures business unit, headquartered in Chula Vista, Calif., will produce the entire nacelle systems, including the inlet, fan cowl, thrust reverser, exhaust system, and engine mounts.

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Vought successfully delivers aft fuselage for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Vought Aircraft Industries successfully delivered its fifth composite aft fuselage section for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on April 13. The fuselage, designated for Airplane #3, is the first airplane shipset delivered by Vought that includes structures and the start of systems components. Vought has fabricated a total of 35 fuselage barrels

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Spirit AeroSystems and HAECO announce maintenance joint venture

Spirit AeroSystems announced its participation in a joint venture partnership between several major aviation companies to develop and implement a state-of-the-art composite and metal bond component repair station in the Asia-Pacific region. Spirit will partner with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO), and its subsidiary, TAECO, along with Oklahoma-based First Wave MRO, to establish a regional service center located near TAECO’s facility in Xiamen, China. Called Taikoo Spirit AeroSystems Composite the service center will provide convenient, world-class repair services for airlines and aircraft operators across the Asia-Pacific region. Construction of the new facility is underway with completion and startup Read more

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Lufthansa Technik gets major contract from Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways has awarded Lufthansa Technik AG an extensive contract for the technical support of the GE and CFM 56-7 engines in its Boeing 737, 767, 747 and Airbus A330 fleets. The corresponding agreement was signed in Sydney. In the course of the 10-year contract Lufthansa Technik will also purchase a 50-percent stake in the Qantas engine overhaul company, Jet Turbine Services (JTS) of Melbourne. Some 600 engines will be processed at the repair shop in Australia over the next ten years. The stripping down, assembly work and testing for the engine types CF6-80, CFM56-7 and CFM56-3 will be carried Read more

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LAN CARGO signs landing gear repair agreement with Boeing

Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services organization announced LAN CARGO will be the launch customer for a repair and overhaul services offering for landing gear on Boeing 767 freighters. By signing for the Boeing Service Center Repair Network, LAN CARGO will receive worldwide access to landing gear repair and replacement. The Landing Gear and Overhaul program is a Boeing program designed to return airplanes to revenue-generating service as fast as possible.

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Boeing Australia to open component repair business

Boeing Australia opened a component repair business that will be housed in a new AUS$10 million facility at Melbourne Airport, Victoria. The new business will maintain, repair and overhaul a wide range of components for commercial and military aircraft, ranging from the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet. Boeing Australia Limited President David Withers said the opening of the new business puts the company at the forefront of aircraft composite-repair technologies and significantly expands its capabilities.

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