ACTS signs long-term CFM56 materials agreement

Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS) and CFM International have signed a landmark 10-year materials agreement that will encompass life-limited and non-life limited parts, as well as component repair and used materials, for the repair and overhaul of CFM56-2, CFM56-3, CFM56-5A, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-5C engines.

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Embraer releases commercial aviation forecast for Asia Pacific region and China

Embraer has released its projections for commercial air traffic demand in the Asia Pacific region and China over the next 20 years (2008-2027) during the Singapore Airshow 2008. Asia Pacific will grow at an annual rate of 5.3 percent and, particularly, China at 7.5 percent, which are well above the projected world average of 4.9 percent. This is based on a positive economic environment and more accessibility to the market by new carriers. Embraer foresees a demand for 1,270 jets in the 30 to 120-seat segment, over the next 20 years, in the Asia Pacific region and China, or an Read more

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P&W establishes EcoPower franchise agreement with JET Aircraft Maintenance

Pratt & Whitney established a five-year franchise agreement with JET Aircraft Maintenance of Miami, Fla. The new agreement authorizes JET to be the exclusive provider of the patented EcoPower on-wing jet engine wash service at five airports in South Florida with a capacity to wash up to 1,000 engines per year. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The new EcoPower service centers to be operated by JET will be located at: Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

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Kalitta Air to upgrade JT9D fleet

Kalitta Air and Pratt & Whitney have signed an agreement to upgrade the airline’s fleet of JT9D engines with Pratt & Whitney durability kits. The kits, covering 12 upgrades, are valued at more than $25 million over three years; deliveries will begin in March 2008. Kalitta Air also maintains the option to purchase additional durability kits.

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Rolls-Royce Facility of the Future for Trent engines

Rolls-Royce took the first step towards its S$320 million ($225 million) Trent aero engine facility in Singapore with a groundbreaking ceremony at the new Seletar Aerospace Park. The Facility of the Future will be the most modern Rolls-Royce production engine assembly and test facility for large commercial aero engines, and its first in Asia. The facility will operate on lean assembly and flowline operating principles developed by Rolls-Royce over the last decade. This will result in significant operational efficiencies and improved service quality. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the Facility of the Future will produce engines in the Trent series, Read more

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AAR to expand composites business

AAR announced that it is significantly expanding its Composites manufacturing operations with the lease of a 90,000 square-foot facility located at the McClellan Business Park, formerly McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, California. AAR will occupy the portion of the McClellan facility formerly used by the U.S. Air Force for manufacturing composite replacement aircraft parts. The expansion provides more than four times the Company’s current composites manufacturing capability through additional equipment and added capacity at the facility.

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Garuda Indonesia announces 777 order

Jakarta-based Garuda Indonesia announced at the Singapore Air Show that the airline has ordered four 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order is valued at more than $1 billion at current list prices. Additionally, Garuda confirmed a previous unidentified order for seven Next-Generation 737-800s placed in 2007, and announced that it has converted 18 of its existing 737-700s on order to 737-800s and six 777-200ERs on order to 777-300ERs. Garuda originally placed an order for six 777-200ERs in 1996 and 18 737-700s in 1999, which were recorded on Boeing’s order books. With today’s announcement, Garuda’s total order now stands at 25 Read more

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Global Material Solutions enters into MRO agreement with JAT Tehnika

JAT Tehnika and Pratt & Whitney entered into a non-exclusive MRO agreement for the complete portfolio of Global Material Solutions life-limited and gas-path parts for CFM56-3 engines. The agreement is valued at $11M for the initial five-year contract term with an optional five year extension.

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