GKN to supply Boeing with titanium parts for another decade

GKN Aerospace innovative wing leading edge assemblies, delivered to Airbus for the Clean Sky BLADE programme

GKN Aerospace innovative wing leading edge assemblies, delivered to Airbus for the Clean Sky BLADE programme

GKN Aerospace secured a long term deal with Boeing for the supply of titanium and aluminium machined parts and sub-assemblies for the 767, 777, 787 and 777X aircraft.

Parts supplied will include 787 titanium wing fittings as well as horizontal stabilizer spars and jack screw assembly, and drag struts for the 777 and 777X. (more…)

Lufthansa Technik to provide MRO for EasyJet in Valletta

1-1-1200px-Haupteingang_LH-Technik_HHLow-cost carrier easyJet and Lufthansa Technik AG signed a substantial base maintenance contract in the Maltese capital Valletta. More than 100 aircraft of the airline’s A320 family will be serviced by Lufthansa Technik Malta during the next five years. (more…)

FL Technics to launch a subsidiary in Thailand

FL Technics to launch a subsidiary in ThailandFL Technics, a global provider of one-stop-shop aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, continues to expand its presence in the emerging markets. The company is already set to open a subsidiary with its main office in the capital city of Thailand. Backed by the official approval from the Board of Investment of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Bangkok office shall act as the centre of operations for coordinating all company’s activities in Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in the region. (more…)

MTU and AAR extend cooperation for PW2000 parts supply

MTU and AAR extend cooperation for PW2000 parts supplyMTU Maintenance and AAR have signed a contract that secures for MTU the supply of used material for PW2000 engines over the next five years. Within the framework of a consignment and inventory management agreement, AAR will store all PW2000 used parts at MTU’s facility in Hannover, Germany, which will significantly streamline the logistical processes and improve the turnaround time for PW2000 shop visits. The value of the contract amounts to a three-digit million U.S. dollar amount. (more…)

Airinmar to provide component repair for ExpressJet fleet of 300 aircraft

Airinmar to provide component repair for ExpressJet fleet of 300 aircraftAirinmar has signed a three-year agreement with ExpressJet, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., to manage component repairs for its fleet of more than 300 regional aircraft.

Airinmar has supported airlines, MROs, OEMs and military operations for over 25 years through the integration of its proprietary systems, engineering expertise and supply management solutions.

“Airinmar’s services are aligned with ExpressJet’s vision to increase our competitiveness by improving the efficiency of our supply chain,” said Wade Steel, Chief Commercial Officer of SkyWest Inc. “Our partnership with Airinmar will enable us to further reduce costs, accelerate component repair turn times and increase inventory availability to support our demanding fleet schedules.” (more…)

Shortage of maintenance staff poses a direct threat to the rotorcraft industry

Shortage of maintenance staff poses a direct threat to the rotorcraft industryCombined with a predicted global growth in rotorcraft aviation, the decrease in the numbers of trainees – both civilian and military – is creating what many see as a looming shortage qualified personnel, especially mechanics. While more than 5 000 machines are expected to supplement the global fleet until 2019, the existing technical manpower qualified to maintain them is getting old and shrinking fast.


AFGSC completes first New START bomber conversion

AFGSC completes first New START bomber conversion

Air Force Global Strike Command has begun the conversion of a portion of the B-52H bomber fleet from a nuclear to a conventional only capability aircraft under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

The conversion of the first of 30 operational aircraft from across the command was completed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, this summer with the Air Force Reserve Command 307th Bomb Wing’s aircraft 61-1021. The conversion process preserves the full conventional capabilities of the B-52.


HAECO Group completes Boeing 787-8 C-check


HAECO Group announced today that it has completed its first C-check on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and redelivered the aircraft to a leading international airline in September. This marks HAECO as one of the first independent Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service providers to perform a C-check on this new generation of aircraft.

Augustus Tang, HAECO Group’s Chief Executive Officer said: “This milestone underscores HAECO Group’s technical expertise and dedication to operational excellence, adding a new chapter to the continual advancement of the Group’s capabilities.”


Will there ever be light at the end of the supply chain tunnel?

Locatory.comUnarguably, aviation aftermarket today is a vital segment of the entire industry. Currently valued at over $28 billion dollars, it accounts for nearly half of the MRO market pie. Largely driven by the rapidly expanding global fleet, the development of spare parts market is now seen as a great area to squeeze some additional profit which is commonly scarce in the aviation industry. However, aftermarket is no place for amateurs. Even experienced players keep debating multiple issues the most important of which revolve around the pricing of parts.


Avionics upgrades to drive the current generation aircraft MRO


As the global trend toward next-generation air traffic management systems evolves, and parts obsolescence issues increase, airlines operating aging fleets are considering upgrading cockpits with modern avionics as replacements for legacy systems. ICF SH&E estimates the avionics upgrade market for air transport to reach $1 billion by 2023 for a CAGR of 6.1%. In fact, avionics upgrades are projected to increase faster than the overall MRO market, which is growing at a 3.9% CAGR for the period. (more…)

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