STS Aviation Group purchases former MAEL hangar in Birmingham, England

Two weeks after acquiring Apple Aviation,  STS Aviation Group (STS), an aviation solutions company, has finalized the purchase of a wide-body aircraft maintenance facility in Birmingham, England. The facility was formerly operated by Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) and put up for sale in March of 2019. It features 200,000 ft² of total space — including ramp — and has the capacity to service wide-body aircraft. In fact, the facility can house two wide-body aircraft or 10 narrow body aircraft at the same time. In addition to its size, the complex is home to several on-site component repair and back shops; Read more

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Ryanair launches new routes to Armenia from 2020

Yerevan, Armenia ©Ryanair

Ryanair will launch its first ever flights from Armenia, the 40th country in the Ryanair network, with two new routes from Yerevan to Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino starting in January 2020, and two new routes from Yerevan to Berlin Schönefeld and Gyumri to Memmingen starting in Summer 2020. Ryanair’s 2020 schedule will deliver 130,000 customers annually to/from Ryanair’s Armenian airports.

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Etihad and Air Arabia to establish first Abu Dhabi-based low-cost carrier

Operating out of Abu Dhabi International Airport, a new airline dubbed “Air Arabia Abu Dhabi” is being set up through a joint venture between fellow Abu Dhabi-based carriers Etihad Airways (Etihad) and Air Arabia. “This exciting partnership supports our transformation programme and will offer our guests a new option for low-cost travel to and from Abu Dhabi, supplementing our own services,” Tony Douglas, group chief executive of Etihad Aviation Group, said. “We look forward to the launch of the new airline in due course.” Where Etihad is concerned, the new airline should bolster its 2017 turnaround plans to become profitable Read more

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Liebherr and ATR sign ATR42/72-600 global maintenance agreement

Liebherr-Aerospace and ATR have signed a ten-year agreement covering the supply of components, repairs and associated Pay-by-the-Hour services for the more than 300 ATR42/72-600 aircraft fleet. After two years of development, the new air management system, developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace, will enter into service next year on ATR’s 42/72 aircraft family. The regional aircraft program will benefit from this highly reliable system as it generates and enhances on-board comfort for passengers and crew while substantially reducing operation costs. ATR extends its confidence for ten years by entrusting Liebherr-Aerospace with the comprehensive product support and services for its fleet managed Read more

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Airbus and Delta form digital alliance

A330neo Delta Air Lines ©Airbus

Airbus and Delta Air Lines are forming a digital alliance to develop new predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for airline customers worldwide from 2020. To be accessed via a unified portal through the Skywise platform, the cross-fleet solutions will harness each member’s expertise in airframes, systems and engines. Delta Air Lines will be the first user of the enriched predictive maintenance solution. This partnership builds on an already successful platform of technical collaboration between Airbus and Delta: In October 2018, Delta entered into a multi-year contract with Airbus to apply Skywise Predictive Maintenance to its A320 and A330 fleets – Read more

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VAS Aero Services and Czech Airlines Technics sign component repair services agreement

VAS Aero Service and Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a provider of aircraft repair and maintenance services, have signed a long-term component repair services agreement. CSAT serves a range of aviation customers from its state-of-the-art MRO facilities at Václav Havel Airport Prague in the Czech Republic. The company supports key airlines customers with maintenance and repair services for B737, A320 Family and ATR aircraft. The first contract between the two aviation aftermarket services providers will allow CSAT to expand capabilities within its component services divisions with the addition of certified repaired parts from VAS.

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TurbineAero Asia unveils new facility near Bangkok, Thailand

©TurbineAero Asia officially opened its new facility in Chonburi, Thailand, on September 27, 2019.

TurbineAero, a portfolio company of The Gores Group, has officially opened its new facility in Chonburi, just outside of Bangkok Thailand. On Friday, September 27, 2019, TurbineAero has unveiled the new 90,000 ft² facility, down the street from its former location.  “I am very excited to have this state-of-the-art facility completed and look forward to providing our TurbineAero Asia team a platform for offering differentiated service offerings to our customers in the region, fueling our next phase of global growth,” said Rob Wilson, CEO. The new facility has maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities for GTCP131-9A/-9B/-9C, 331-200/-350/-500, 85-129 and PW901A/C Auxiliary Read more

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Component Control to integrate Aeroxchange’s AeroRepair

Component Control has announced the expanded integration between Quantum Control and Aeroxchange’s AeroRepair platform. Designed to provide effortless data sharing between MRO Service Providers, Part Sellers and its customers, the Integration between Quantum Control and AeroRepair simplifies communication, increases accuracy and reduces manual data entry.  Aeroxchange, the electronic business network, supports all MRO business processes within the aviation industry for buyers and sellers. Integration with Aeroxchange’s AeroRepair allows repair facilities to easily accept and process customer orders, send acknowledgements and pricing estimates, update customers with estimated completion dates, and finally send shipping notifications and billings all from within Quantum.

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TrueNoord leases six Embraer E170 to Republic Airways

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Republic Airways, the regional airline operating services under the names American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express in the U.S., has leased six Embraer 170s from TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor. These aircraft have been in operation with Republic Airways since 2005 and have now been purchased by TrueNoord with leases attached from GA Telesis. This is TrueNoord’s first fleet deal in North America. Financing was provided under a bilateral term loan facility supported by Erste Bank. Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP advised TrueNoord on the transaction. In closing this milestone deal, TrueNoord adds a new aircraft type to Read more

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LHT inks A380 main landing gear MRO license and asset agreement with Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace and LHT sign A380 main landing gear MRO license and asset agreement ©LHT

Collins Aerospace Systems and Lufthansa Technik have announced a first-of-its-kind licensing and asset agreement for Airbus A380 main landing gear Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services. Under the agreement, which spans the life of the A380 program, Lufthansa Technik will be able to provide A380 main landing gear MRO services and access to assets supporting customer layover schedules. To help Lufthansa Technik develop MRO capabilities for the A380 main landing gear, Collins Aerospace will provide training, parts and proprietary repair procedures, including access to technical publications required to perform A380 main landing gear MRO services. Lufthansa Technik will offer asset Read more

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