Maintenance http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Wed, 17 Jul 2024 10:03:08 +0100 Honeywell signs mechanical service centre agreement with Gama http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/honeywell-signs-mechanical-service-centre-agreement-with-gama

Gama Aviation Engineering will now provide line maintenance of Honeywell TFE731 business jet engines and auxiliary power units, or APUs, at its Bournemouth facility in the United Kingdom. This enhances Gama’s service capabilities and enables those seeking maintenance at Bournemouth to remain in compliance with Honeywell’s Maintenance Service Plan.

“Our collaboration with Gama Aviation Engineering strengthens our service network and ensures that operators have more access to authorised maintenance. This agreement underscores our commitment to providing reliable and efficient maintenance support for aircraft operators in the region,” said Anthony Florian, president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India at Honeywell Aerospace Technologies. 

“‘We are pleased to have broadened our services on the Honeywell TFE and APU platforms. This is a significant milestone that will enhance our ability to provide comprehensive services, top-tier mechanical expertise and support to our customers,” says Paul Kinch, managing director of maintenance, repair and overhaul services at Gama Aviation Engineering.

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Honeywell has selected Gama Aviation Engineering as an authorised channel partner to expand its aviation service network in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 09:03:08 +0000 eNethersole 68668 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Ethiopian Airlines MRO achieves CFM Leap-1B engine testing http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/ethiopian-airlines-mro-achieves-cfm-leap-1b-engine-testing

This gives Ethiopian the full testing capability of Leap-1B engine, an exclusive powerplant for Boeing's new-generation 737 MAX single-aisle jet.

Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer, Mesfin Tasew said: “We feel proud for achieving full testing capability for the CFM Leap-1B engine at our modern MRO facility in Addis Ababa. The addition of this state-of-the-art facility will enable us to finalize the development of Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) repair capability on the engine, which is expected to be ready very soon. We extend our appreciation to SAE, GE and the other partners who contributed to this success.”

The newly launched Leap-1B testing facility positions Ethiopian Airlines as the 5th facility globally outside the Safran Aero Engines (SAE) and the General Electric (GE)

network, and the first in the Middle East and Africa for possessing such advanced capability. Ethiopian Airlines has planned to complete Phase 2- Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) project by the end of September 2024 which will also enable the airline to offer Leap-1B PRSV solutions for customers in the region and beyond.

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Ethiopian Airlines has inaugurated its CFM Leap-1B engine test cell at Addis Ababa MRO Services facility.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2024 11:11:49 +0000 eNethersole 68639 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Etihad Engineering trains first batch of aircraft maintenance trainees http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/training/etihad-engineering-trains-first-batch-of-aircraft-maintenance-trainees

The students graduated after completing their Aircraft Maintenance On-the-Job Experience (OJE) Programme.

Etihad Engineering’s collaboration with VCATI is part of the company’s long-standing commitment to develop and nurture the next generation of aviation professionals by imparting valuable hands-on industry experience to young students at its state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Abu Dhabi.

The OJE programme is managed by Etihad Engineering Technical Training, the onsite training facility of the company which trains more than 10,000 aviation professionals through more than 600 courses every year.

“The aviation sector is booming and the demand for highly skilled and well-trained professionals is higher than ever in our MRO business,” says Adrian Guirey, senior manager of Etihad Engineering Technical Training.

“Our Aircraft Maintenance On the Job Experience (OJE) Programme with VCATI enables us to usher in the next generation of aviation professionals who will become qualified and highly competent aircraft engineers filling the talent gap in the industry,” he adds.

The OJE programme with VCATI was launched in December 2022 with the induction of the first batch of aviation students, and more batches have arrived at the facility since the first induction.

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Etihad Engineering has welcomed the first batch of aircraft maintenance trainees from Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI).

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Mon, 08 Jul 2024 15:02:32 +0000 eNethersole 68634 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Air India appoints Lufthansa Technik as component support for B777 fleet http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/air-india-appoints-lufthansa-technik-as-component-support-for-b777-fleet

The multi-year agreement encompasses services for a total of 27 aircraft. With this first contract, both companies are laying the foundations for long-term cooperation.

The now concluded agreement includes the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft components and provides Air India access to Lufthansa Technik's global component pool and logistics services. The close partnership between the two companies will enable the airline to maximise efficiency in its technical operations and ensures the best possible availability of the spare parts it needs.

S.K. Dash, chief technical officer at Air India, said: "The partnership with the well-experienced Lufthansa Technik for the component support of our entire Boeing 777 fleet of 27 aircraft is a significant milestone in our collaborative journey. Lufthansa Technik demonstrated professional ad-hoc support for our Boeing 777 fleet and we are delighted to strengthen this relationship further by way of this long-term agreement."

Dennis Kohr, senior vice president corporate sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik, added: "We would like to thank Air India for their trust and for awarding Lufthansa Technik to provide comprehensive Total Component Support. As the airline continues on its growth path in the next years, we look forward to supporting them  with our services and eagerly anticipate expanding our new partnership further."

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Lufthansa Technik will take over the Total Component Support (TCS) for Air India's entire Boeing 777 fleet.

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Thu, 04 Jul 2024 18:57:05 +0000 eNethersole 68626 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Airbus enters agreement with Spirit AeroSystems http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/business-and-finance/airbus-enters-agreement-with-spirit-aerosystems

Activities include the production of A350 fuselage sections in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S., and St. Nazaire, France; of the A220’s wings and mid-fuselage in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Casablanca, Morocco; as well as of the A220 pylons in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

Airbus aims to ensure stability of supply for its commercial aircraft programmes through a more sustainable way forward, both operationally and financially, for the various Airbus work packages that Spirit AeroSystems is responsible for today.

The transaction would cover the acquisition of these activities. Airbus will be compensated by payment of $559 million from Spirit AeroSystems, for a nominal consideration of $1.00, subject to adjustments including based on the final transaction perimeter.

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Airbus has entered into a binding term sheet agreement with Spirit AeroSystems in relation to a potential acquisition of major activities related to Airbus.

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Tue, 02 Jul 2024 09:33:22 +0000 eNethersole 68610 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa set to achieve airframe checks record http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/execujet-mro-services-south-africa-set-to-achieve-airframe-checks-record

The company’s previous annual record was seven, but this year it will complete at least 11 thanks to additional work on Dassault Falcon aircraft.

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa is approved for line and heavy maintenance on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900, Falcon 7X and Falcon 8X. Its engineers are ready to provide line maintenance for Dassault’s newest aircraft, the Falcon 6X.

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa is also an authorised service centre (ASC) for Bombardier and Embraer, with other heavy checks planned for theBombardier Learjet 40/60 and Challenger 600 series aircraft, plus Beechcraft King Airs and Embraer Legacy 650s.

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ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa is poised to set a new record this year for airframe heavy maintenance checks.

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ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East completes Global 6000 check http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/execujet-mro-services-middle-east-completes-global-6000-check

The check included a cabin interior refresh and exterior paint repairs.

ExecuJet MRO Services’ new 15,344m2 (165,160ft2) purpose-built MRO at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport is in close proximity to India resulting in a short repositioning flight to this multi-award-winning MRO which offers comprehensive maintenance capability, including in-house non-destructive testing (NDT), sheet-metal and composite work as well as a paint department. Holding these capabilities in-house is crucial to reducing base maintenance costs to the customer. ExecuJet also met the customer’s expectations by offering a NTE (No To Exceed) proposal with the added value of maximising the downtime by scheduling the airframe heavy check with cabin refurbishment options and an engine change,” said Nick Weber, Regional VP Middle East at ExecuJet MRO Services.

“In the past, some of the heavier base maintenance checks were carried out in Europe, because the cabin refurbishment work capability was there, but now that we have European cabin interior specialists based here in Dubai, we are capturing more of this type of refurbishment market,” said Weber.

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ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East has completed another heavy maintenance check on an Indian registered Global 6000.

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Thu, 27 Jun 2024 09:06:40 +0000 eNethersole 68591 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
GainJet makes its mark in Africa with Line Station Facility in Rwanda http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/gainjet-makes-its-mark-in-africa-with-line-station-facility-in-rwanda

GainJet accountable manager, Simon Roussos said: “GainJet has been a strong advocate of the African aviation market, having been present in Africa for over 15 years. During these years, we’ve taken initiatives to strengthen our position in Africa, including setting up several VIP aircraft bases throughout the continent. However, establishing an EASA approved line maintenance station in the region is the most symbolic step that we’ve taken yet, as we further grow our presence in Africa. Keep watching, there is more to come.”

The Kigali line station received its official certification from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) as an EASA-approved maintenance facility, following a rigorous approval process in coordination with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA). Roussos explains: “Receiving this approval at Kigali from the HCAA in coordination with the RCAA, confirms that our operations at Kigali meet the highest EASA safety and quality standards – demonstrating our unwavering commitment to excellence in aviation maintenance and ensuring the safety and satisfaction of our clients.”

The Kigali Line Station will operate in direct cooperation with GainJet’s line maintenance HQ in Athens, and it will be staffed around the clock, 24/7, by highly trained and experienced aviation engineers, technicians and support staff. 

Roussos continues: “This commitment to top quality, round-the-clock service ensures we can provide swift, efficient, and reliable maintenance services to our clients throughout Eastern and Central Africa with minimal disruption to their operations.”

The Kigali Line Station currently has approvals for the following types of aircraft:

Gulfstream  GV-SP (G550)

Gulfstream GVI (G650)

Bombardier Global 7500 (BD-700-2A12)

Bombardier CL604/605

Boeing 737NG (-600, -700, - 800, -900)

Boeing 737CL (-300, -400, -500)

Roussos said: “This is just the beginning. We intend to expand our aircraft type maintenance capabilities in our Kigali Station – and beyond.” By the end of 2024, the station will also have approvals for line maintenance of the Gulfstream G700.

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GainJet Aviation Group has established a new Line Station Facility at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.

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Aviation INDIA 2024 kicks-off in Delhi http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/aviation-india-2024-kicks-off-in-delhi

The event was formally opened by Dr Vandana Aggarwal, former senior economic advisor, ministry of civil aviation for the Indian Government.

Conference Chair, Alan Peaford MBE, gave his opening speech by saying: “With a commercial aviation history going back some 113 years, India is hardly an emerging market, I would argue it is re-emerging.

"No wonder too, as many of the ingredients are right to stimulate a growth for the air transport and the aviation support business. The growth is attributed to increased per capita income levels; increase in urban migration numbers and a shift of customers from other modes of transport. Increased spend on consumables has seen eCommerce boom that feeds down to the air freight sector."

He added: "Indians will quite rightly point to the achievement of moving to a third place spot for domestic connectivity behind the United States and China. However, there are significant issues facing the business in this renaissance.  Is MRO up to scratch? Is the government creating the right environment to support this industry or are government charges and taxation restricting growth?

“There are some world class airports here, or in the pipeline, but away from the main metropolitan first-tier cities are there sufficient landing and parking places for the business aircraft industry.

“And to get business jets, do we have the right MRO support, landing strips and freedom to support?  Are the country’s own HNWI’s able to base an aircraft here with ease?

"Airlines, GA, maintenance and other aviation services all face a similar challenge.  Retaining staff and training new ones

“Poaching is prevalent, not just from domestic competitors but from the nearby Gulf States as well. At the same time, we are facing pressures brought about by global warming both for the impact on operations and the future regulatory restrictions."

Peaford concluded: "These issues, and others, will be addressed here on the platform over the next two days.”

Already the inaugural event has attracted over 500 registered delegates.

Mark Brown, managing director of Times Aerospace Events, said of the conference: “This may be the first of the Aviation India events but it won’t be the last.”

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Leaders from across the aviation sector are gathering in New Delhi for the inaugural Aviation India Summit and Exhibition, taking place June 12-13.

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Wed, 12 Jun 2024 07:48:17 +0000 eNethersole 68521 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
DCAF and OEL to manage Transworld Group’s Hawker 4000 aircraft http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/dcaf-and-oel-to-manage-transworld-groups-hawker-4000-aircraft

OEL, part of the global shipping and logistics conglomerate Transworld Group, operates the aircraft under the brand AIRAVAT.

AIRAVAT’s Hawker 4000 aircraft will be stationed at DCAF’s facility located at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

Through this collaboration, AIRAVAT will benefit from DCAF’s extensive expertise in aircraft management, operational capabilities and infrastructure at its Dubai South base. Combining these strengths with OEL’s existing experience in aviation services, the partnership aims to deliver superior management and operational efficiency for AIRAVAT’s Hawker 4000.

Holger Ostheimer, managing director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with OEL Aviation Services to manage the Hawker 4000. By leveraging our expertise in aircraft management and DCAF’s world-class facilities at Dubai South, we aim to provide AIRAVAT’s customers with the highest standards of safety, reliability and customer satisfaction. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

By leveraging DCAF’s management services and global network, AIRAVAT customers will have access to expanded travel opportunities in the Middle East and international destinations.

“This strategic agreement not only reinforces our commitment to expanding our presence in the Gulf region but also highlights our dedication to building strong partnerships that drive growth and innovation in the aviation industry,” said Ramesh S Ramakrishnan, Chairman, Transworld Group. “The partnership with DCAF aligns with AIRAVAT’s rapid global expansion plans will pave the way to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities that capitalise on the strengths of both parties.”

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim VIP Terminal (DCAF) has signed a strategic agreement with OEL Aviation Services FZE (OEL) to manage the Hawker 4000 aircraft belonging to Transworld Group.

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