Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to eliminate about 1,500 positions

Lockheed Martin released that there will be reductions in employment across its Aeronautics business area as part of a plan to improve the affordability of its products and increase operational efficiency. Lockheed Martin currently has about 28,000 employees at its principal Aeronautics sites in Texas, Georgia and California and at six smaller locations in as many states. Reductions may occur across the enterprise, with the greatest impacts occurring at the larger sites. An organizational assessment will determine how to trim the organization with a target reduction of approximately 1,500 employees. Ralph D. Heath, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said, “Bold and Read more

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Airbus’ joint venture in China to increase A320 rudder production

Airbus has signed an agreement with its Chinese partners on progressively increasing the production of A320 rudder at the Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and AVIC HAFEI and other Chinese partners. According to the agreement, HMC will increase its production of A320 rudders progressively in the next years to reach 21 shipsets per month by 2014, which represents half of the total production of A320 rudders worldwide. Currently HMC produces about three shipsets of A320 rudders per month.

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Airstream concludes sale of two Fokker 70’s

Airstream International Group has arranged the sale of two Fokker 70 Aircraft on behalf of Gladiator Leasing. The aircraft, serial numbers 11571 and 11575, have been sold to Alliance Airlines of Australia. They were previously operated by Malev Hungarian Airlines. Gladiator acquired the aircraft in 2008 in a sale and leaseback transaction with Malev, also arranged by Airstream.

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ONUR AIR and OEMServices sign extended agreement on A320-A321 component services

ONUR AIR has extended its existing agreement with OEMServices for its 21 A320-A321 fleet, OEMServices providing ONUR AIR with a unique consolidated OEM package including component inventory support, logistics and repair by the hour services. By signing this agreement, ONUR AIR rewards OEMServices for the quality of its support, and will now benefit from extended services for its entire A320 family fleet. ONUR AIR, based in Istanbul, Turkey, operates 21 A320 – A321, as well as some A330 and A300-600 Airbus Aircraft, mainly to European, Middle Eastern and Turkish routes. OEMServices is a Joint Venture founded by four major original Read more

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Airline Services opens major new Aircraft Component Repair Workshop facility

Airline Services Limited (ASL) one of the UK’s leading provider of aircraft interior and ramp presentation services, is further expanding its portfolio with the opening of a major new Aircraft Component Repair Workshop at London Stansted Airport (STN). The new 24,000 sq ft facility will provide test, repair and overhaul services for a wide range of component categories including Avionics, Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics, Safety Equipment, Structures and Tooling Calibration.  This is in addition to existing capability for Galley Equipment, Interior Trim items such as sidewalls, ceiling & cargo bay panels and cockpit sliding windows.

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SIA Engineering Company signs $358 million Services Agreement with SIA Cargo

SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) reported the renewal of its comprehensive Services Agreement with Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo). The existing Services Agreement with SIA Cargo expires in June 2011. The new agreement, commencing 1 July 2011, is firm for three years, with a two-year extension if agreed conditions are met. Under the agreement, SIAEC will provide the SIA Cargo fleet with a broad spectrum of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and support services. The 5-year agreement is expected to add $358 million in revenue to SIAEC’s order books.

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TEXL expands GE90 engine overhaul facility

Taikoo Engine Services (Xiamen) Company Limited (“TEXL”) celebrated the opening of its expanded GE90 engine overhaul facility on June 30th. The Phase 2 facility includes a two-storey building with a floor area of 17,500 square metres. Together with new plant and equipment, the expansion allows TEXL to provide full GE90-110/115B engine overhaul capability. The expansion is sited adjacent to the existing 3,500 square metres facility, which includes a state-of-the-art, 150,000 pounds of thrust engine test cell. TEXL specialises in the repair, overhaul and test of GE90 series engines and has in place a 22-year GE90 Branded Service Agreement (“GBSA”) with Read more

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SR Technics extends Line Maintenance contract with Thomas Cook Airlines

SR Technics has secured a contract renewal with Thomas Cook Airlines, to provide all Line Maintenance support for aircraft at Belfast International Airport, in Northern Ireland. Under the accord SR Technics’ team at Belfast will provide full line maintenance support on all Airbus A320 and A321 and Boeing 757 aircraft, with transit checks being performed on 767s. From June 24, 2011, support for the airline’s Airbus A330, summer charter flights, will also be provided. This follows an extension to SR Technics’ capabilities after securing the necessary type training on the Airbus A330. In total approximately 20 transit checks across the five Read more

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First retrofit of nice system into a Global Express aircraft

The first ever retrofit of a Lufthansa Technik nice cabin management and in-flight entertainment (CMS/IFE) system on a Bombardier Global Express aircraft has been successfully completed in cooperation with H4 Aerospace (UK) Ltd, an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Design Organization Approval (DOA). The installation of this innovative system was performed during the 8C-check – the biggest scheduled maintenance event, which is performed on a Global Express aircraft every 10 years. The aircraft owner has opted for a complete refurbishment of the interior. Together with the new interior, the Lufthansa Technik nice system, which has been tailored to the customer’s Read more

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Dynomax Aerospace receives contract for Learjet 85 aircraft structural components

Dynomax Inc. reported that its aerospace operations has received purchase orders for high-precision machined metal components for the Bombardier Learjet 85 business jet. Dynomax will provide structural components for use in the manufacture of the aircraft bulkhead, fuselage and wings. Dynomax will also produce several detailed parts for the initial phase of the Learjet 85 program primary flight control package, which includes aileron, elevator and rudder components.

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