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MRO Business. Sikorsky offers support for commercial Black Hawk operators. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, remains dedicated to serve the growing technical and logistical support needs of more than 30 commercial operators who have acquired surplus UH-60A model helicopters from the U.S.

Sikorsky offers support for commercial Black Hawk operators

Government. Sikorsky had held an annual meeting with commercial Black Hawk operators during Heli-EXPO, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition organised by the Helicopter Association International. Sikorsky offers support in Alert Service Bulletins, maintenance and engineering. Rolls-Royce increases RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters. Rolls-Royce has extended support for operators of its RR300 engines powering Robinson Helicopters R66 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce increases RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

It added new service locations, extended warranty coverage and updated technology. The RR300 was built for the Robinson R66 helicopter to provide best-in-class fuel consumption and performance. R66 operators have amassed more than 550,000 flight hours, with the RR300 engines proving to be as powerful, consistent and dependable as expected. The R66 is the best-selling light turbine helicopter in the world. Nearly 800 RR300 engines have been delivered into the market for the R66. Rolls-Royce has established the RR300 FIRST network to provide support for operators worldwide. Jerry Sheldon, Rolls-Royce, Helicopter service executive, remarked, “It was gratifying to be recognized with a No. 1 ranking in the influential Professional Pilot survey for our support to customers. Rockwell Collins’ technology for the KC-46A to enter service soon. The U.S.

Rockwell Collins’ technology for the KC-46A to enter service soon

Cargolux signs deal with Lufthansa Technik AG for GEnx-2B reverser service. Cargolux has signed a contract with Lufthansa Technik AG focusing on expanding business between the two companies.

Cargolux signs deal with Lufthansa Technik AG for GEnx-2B reverser service

Based on the contract, Lufthansa Technik’s Airframe Related Component (ARC®) unit will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the thrust reversers on the Cargolux fleet of Boeing 747-8 aircraft. The all-cargo airline based in Luxembourg presently operates 14 Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft, in addition to a fleet of twelve 747-400 freighters. Lufthansa Technik will provide support in case of non-scheduled events and worldwide on-site assistance, complementing a planned reverser overhaul programme which includes preventive maintenance. An adequate pool of spares will be established and maintained, enabling Cargolux to make use of spare thrust reversers under a loan and/or exchange program if required. Georgios Ouzounidis, vice president corporate sales Europe at Lufthansa Technik, said, “We are delighted that Cargolux puts its trust into our know-how and experience.

Bombardier Business Aircraft launches five line maintenance stations in Europe. Bombardier Business Aircraft announced its establishment of five new line maintenance stations across Europe.

Bombardier Business Aircraft launches five line maintenance stations in Europe

The facilities provide line maintenance support to Bombardier Business Aircraft customers in Europe, complementing the tip-to-tail heavy maintenance services provided by Bombardier’s Service and Support Network in the region and worldwide. “This expansion is an integral part of our overall strategy to enhance OEM support for our European operators, including the opening of our brand new heavy maintenance facility at London Biggin Hill Airport,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, VP and general manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

“As a part of our commitment to offering an exceptional customer experience, we are delighted to continue to offer our customers expanded support, more resources and increased flexibility closer to their base of operations.” Bombardier delivers sixth CS100 Aircraft to SWISS. Bombardier delivered the sixth CS100 aircraft, the smaller variant game-changing C Series platform, to Swiss.

Bombardier delivers sixth CS100 Aircraft to SWISS

Bombardier has delivered six CS100 to SWISS and two CS300 to airBaltic. “We are very proud to have delivered another C Series to Swiss today and to continue building on the strong momentum generated by the successful entry into service of the C Series aircraft in 2016,” said Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We continue to ramp up production on the C Series in 2017, and as per our plan, the cadence of deliveries will increase in the second half of the year.” The C Series continues to demonstrate great operational performance with both SWISS and airBaltic and have now accumulated over 5,500 flights.

“The C Series airliners have had very strong in-service performance to date,” said Rob Dewar, vice president, C Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Jetstar Pacific signs AFI KLM E&M for A320 component support. Jetstar Pacific, one of Vietnam’s biggest low-cost carriers, has signed a long-term component support agreement with AFI KLM E&M for its fleet of A320s.

Jetstar Pacific signs AFI KLM E&M for A320 component support

Jetstar Pacific’s current fleet comprises 14 Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract covers component support and repairs plus access to a local spares pool located at Ho Chi Minh City. With this contract, AFI KLM E&M asserts its strong presence in Asia, especially in Vietnam. “AFI KLM E&M is locating an extensive parts inventory in Ho Chi Minh City for Jetstar Pacific. The cooperation with AFI KLM E&M will deliver significant cost improvements in maintenance and on-time performance as well as providing a more comfortable flight experience for passengers,” said Nguyen Quoc Phuong, CEO of Jetstar Pacific.

Fabrice Defrance, senior vice president Commercial AFI KLM E&M, remarked, “We are pleased that Jetstar has chosen us for this hotly contested contract. Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 going Green for St. Patrick’s Day. Ethiopian Airlines, fastest growing Airline in Africa is pleased to announce that it will be part of the annual Global Greening initiative of St.

Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2017. Africa’s first Ethiopian A350 will join a string of world landmarks in this campaign including New York’s World Trade Center, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona, Pozzo di San Patrizio in Italy, Matsue Castle in Japan and the Diamond Bridge in South Korea in the “Greenification of the World” campaign which was launched by the Irish Tourism Board eight years ago. The A350 XWB is one of the most comfortable, innovative and fuel- efficient aircraft in the market. Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are proud to join the world global landmarks for St. Rolls-Royce launches the CareStore for Civil Aerospace customers. Rolls-Royce launched the CareStore, a gateway which will enable Rolls-Royce and Civil Aerospace customers to work together.

Rolls-Royce launches the CareStore for Civil Aerospace customers

It will help the customers to make proper decisions about which of Rolls-Royce’s extensive range of digitally enabled services fit their needs. In recent years Rolls-Royce has improved the choice and flexibility available to customers by introducing a number of new CareServices to the marketplace, including TotalCare® Life®, TotalCare® Flex®, SelectCare™ and, more recently, LessorCare. CareStore brings all the options together in one place, making it easier for customers to understand and choose between the services offered by Rolls-Royce. Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 makes debut. Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 made its debut in front of thousands of Boeing employees.

Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 makes debut

It is the second member of Boeing’s industry leading 737 MAX family, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles. The 737 MAX 9 is scheduled for delivery to customers in the second quarter of 2017. The airplane will begin flight testing in the coming weeks. “The 737 MAX team continues to do a fantastic job getting us to these important milestones right on schedule,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Our primary focus is delivering an aircraft that has the legendary reliability our 737 customers depend on, plus the optimized flexibility and range capability they desire.” The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in the history of Boeing, accumulating more than 3,600 orders to date from 83 customers worldwide. Embraer rolls out its E195-E2. Embraer presented the largest aircraft of the second generation of the E2-Jets family, the most proficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market: the E195-E2 in a ceremony held at its facilities in São José dos Campos.

With the first flight scheduled for the coming months, the jet is expected to enter into service in the first half of 2019. John Slattery, president & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “The E195-E2 has the potential to significantly change the fleet profile of airlines around the world. With a 20% lower cost per trip and a cost per seat similar to larger aircraft, the E195-E2 becomes the ideal aircraft for regional business growth as well as low-cost business plans and complementing existing mainline fleets.”

Milestone Aviation signs contract for AW169 and AW139 helicopters with Leonardo. Leonardo and Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) announced a contract for nine aircraft which includes six AW139 and three AW169 helicopters. The deliveries are expected in 2017 and 2018. The order, valued at €90 million, reaffirms Milestone’s commitment to the Leonardo “family” with an order book now consisting of AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters. “Milestone has had great success with both the AW139 and AW169 in 2016, and we continue to see an array of opportunities for these aircraft across missions around the globe,” said Daniel Rosenthal, president and CEO of Milestone.

“The majority of the helicopters in this order have already been placed with customers to support contracts beginning in 2017 and 2018.” Installment of FANS in oldest Challenger 604 by Jet Aviation in St. Louis. Jet Aviation has prepared the oldest Challenger 604 with the new Future Aircraft Navigation System (FANS). The installation was performed at its facility in St. Louis. “The Challenger 604 that we installed the FANS in was the first one ever delivered to a customer back in 1995 and is the oldest one still flying,” said Blake Hogge, senior manager, Avionics Sales, at Jet Aviation in St.

Louis. “Bombardier produced 363 Challenger 604s to replace the 601 model, and now the oldest one still in the air has the most modern navigation system available to assist the owner with navigation worldwide. Cambodia Angkor Air signs long-term component support contract with AFI KLM E&M. Cambodia Angkor Air, the national flag carrier of Cambodia signs a long-term contract covering component support for its fleet of A320s with AFI KLM E&M. The fleet presently comprises three aircraft, rising to ten within the coming few years.

The contract includes full component support services, repairs and maintenance, pool access, and the provision of a Main Base Kit with local services. H.E. Tekreth Samrach, Chairman of Cambodia Angkor Air, stated, “We are delighted with these burgeoning partnership relations. Milestone Aviation announces €200M firm agreement with Airbus Helicopters. Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company, is pleased to announce a €200 million firm agreement with Airbus Helicopters including H145, H135 and H175 helicopters. Delivery of the aircraft on order is listed to begin in mid-2017. Milestone’s currently has 60 Airbus Helicopters consisting of H130, H135, H145, H155, H175 and H225s. Barfield declared worldwide release of its groundbreaking app. Barfield, the leading manufacturer of Ground Support Test Equipment, announced the worldwide release of its new groundbreaking firmware upgrade technology of the DPS1000 using its existing tablet application.

VIH Aerospace completes ISO 9001 Audit successfully. VIH Aerospace, a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services has received the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Certification upon successful completion of its certification audit. Rolls-Royce’s M250 to hit 250 million flight hours in 2017.

Third PC-24 Prototype took off for the first time. The third and final PC-24 prototype, P03, took off from Buochs airfield at 9.45 on the 3rd of March to complete its maiden flight. CMCs accelerating the outlook of military propulsion. Ceramic Matrix Composites, well-known for their proficiency in commercial engines, are accelerating the prospect of military propulsion. THAI and Airbus to evaluate new MRO business. 8th March 2017: Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thai Airways International (THAI) to evaluate the development of a major new maintenance and overhaul (MRO) facility at U-Tapao International Airport near Bangkok. The MoU was signed in Bangkok today by Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President, Thai Airways International and Fabrice Brégier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The signing was witnessed by Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business and RNLAF sign total support agreement.

VIH Aerospace offers complete MMRO Solutions at Heli-Expo 2017. VIH Aerospace, a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services is exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2017 (Booth #10953) in Dallas, Texas from March 7-9th, 2017. VD Gulf created sensation at the MRO Middle East 2017. VD Gulf sales platform captured attention of more than 600 visitors during domestic MRO Middle East 2017 event at Dubai World Trade Center on 8th and 9th of February. MRO Middle East 2017, organized by Aviation Week, attracted huge number of visitors, more than 4,500 stakeholders from the aviation industry, over 280 exhibitors and over 700 airline attendees from 100+ airlines worldwide. VD Gulf focused on showing its facility, capabilities and opportunities in airframe services. Avio Aero to support CFM’s LEAP. Precision Aviation Group expands MRO capabilities at Australia facility. Bombardier’s second Global 7000 second flight test vehicle completes first flight.

Bombardier’s C Series aircraft received 2017 Civil Aviation Laureate Award by Aviation Week Magazine. Ethiopian Airlines and Air Namibia sign codeshare agreement. Royal Australian Air Force and Airbus sign a deal on KC-30A future capability roadmap. A MRO services mobile App launched by LORD Corporation. Jet Aviation appoints new MD for its MRO and FBO facility in Vienna. Airbus’s A321-251N received Type certication from EASA. Leonardo in partnership with Boeing to offer AW139-based MH-139 for 84-aircraft US Air Force tender. QinetiQ signs for four Airbus H125 helicopters for Empire Test Pilots’ School. Lufthansa Technik selects UTC Aerospace System’s AID Solutions for better data connectivity and cost reduction. Rockwell Collins becomes first company to achieve CAAP accreditation for supply chain management. Rolls-Royce AE engine family hits 70 million flight hours. Barfield signs exclusive agreement with Cleano to distribute green cleaning product worldwide. Qatar Airways announced on lease of A350 for 6 to 12 months.

CFM LEAP-1A’s A321neo engines gets type certification. Jet Maintenance Solutions sees record growth in 2016. AJW to expand its headquarter in response to rising demand. Inauguration of India’s first integrated heliport at Delhi. DGCA approved VD Gulf for maintenance and overhaul activities. Jet Aviation gets EASA Part-145 approval for the G650 in Hong Kong. Engine Alliance accomplishes 500th Engine on Wing. Citilink becomes first Indonesian airline to operate A320neo. Textron Aviation to launch 1View platform for its customers. Dassault declared 2017 Falcon Regional M&O Seminar schedule.

Airbus to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopter for BAAINBw. Lufthansa Technik and Qantas signs a Cyclean ® Engine Wash agreement. JAC to expand its services by adding B737NG. AFI KLM E&M and Beijing General Aviation Co., Ltd sets up a joint venture. MAEL to open new line stations to support Boeing’s Goldcare. Cessna Citation Latitude declared best-selling midsize business jet by Textron Aviation. Jet Aviation in St. Louis installs industry's first ATG-8000 high-speed internet in an Embraer Lineage. Embraer Phenom 300-world’s most delivered business jet for the fourth year consecutively. Flydubai, Boeing signs for management support of 737 MAX Fleet.

Korean Air's first 787-9 Dreamliner delivered by Boeing. Safran opens new Center of Excellence at Pont-Audemer facility in France for MRO. ATR launches new training center in Miami. Jet Aviation awarded with EN9100 Certification for its completions facility in Basel. Airbus selects CT Engineering Group for supply of Nacelle Stress Engineering Activities. Zoom Air, India joins Bombardier’s family of CRJ Series Aircraft Operators. Textron Aviation signs multi-year contract with University of Dubuque.

Rolls-Royce recieves Trent 700 order from Hawaiian Airlines. UAE announced two-year contract with Boeing for C-17 training programs. IATA and ENAC expand partnership for training purposes. Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines to set up a joint maintenance company. A ground-based workout for Airbus’s A350-1000’s passenger cabin. RJ and Turkish Airlines Technic sign contract for LRU components pool support and spares. Volga-Dnepr’s "Cargo Supermarket" helps deugro’s logistics project for new gas plant. Lockheed Martin’s second T-50A takes flight in Greenville, South Carolina. Darren Edwards appointed as new VP/MD for Boeing Defence Australia.

LMI Aerospace signs merger contract to be acquired by Sonaca Group. Rockwell Collins announces new leadership for expanding Middle East region. New CEO for executive jets business unit announced by Embraer. Pratt & Whitney to expand business in Columbus, Georgia, to meet increased demand. Rockwell Collins to display developments in avionics, networking and simulation & training at IDEX 2017.

PEMCO and YTO Cargo Airlines sign a contract for passenger-to-freighter conversion. Luxair extends its contract with AFI KLM E&M’s EPCOR. FedEx Express launches new operating base in Malpensa. Aviation veteran Pat Fenwick selected to be first-ever MRO manager position at Jet Aviation, St. Louis. Dassault Aviation to showcase their new Falcon 8X at Indian Airshow, 2017. Airbus-ground vibration testing for the A350-1000 in high gear. Qantas unveils new aircraft maintenance facility at Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. Air Force Awarded $2.1B to Boeing for Third KC-46A Tanker Production Lot. Lufthansa orders SelectCare services for Trent engines from Rolls-Royce. Lufthansa signs a maintenance contract with Joramco. FL Technics Indonesia welcomes first Boeing 737 NG at newly launched Base Maintenance services. FL Technics Indonesia signs MoU with GMF AeroAsia. Xiamen Airlines opts for AFI KLM E&M GEnx engines support. Safran join hands with Zodiac Aerospace in a $10.6B takeover. AAR signs extended PBH contract with Bluebird Cargo. ATR introduces the first ATR 72-600 in Argentina. Farsound Aviation sustains its growth in the Middle East and Asia. Precision Aircraft Solutions completes 28th passenger-to-freighter conversion for DHL.