Maintenance http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Wed, 17 Apr 2024 11:06:33 +0100 India’s Air Works marks 73 years of MRO service http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/indias-air-works-marks-73-years-of-mro-service

It was on this day in 1951, barely four years after India’s independence, that Air Works commenced its pioneering business under its co-founders, aircraft engineers BG Menon and PS Menon, at the Mumbai airport.

Over the past seven decades, the company has grown into a business with one of the widest portfolios of customers and certifications in the industry. It holds accreditation to maintain more than 50 types of aircraft across commercial, business, and defence fleets, together with multiple maintenance facilities and a pan-India support network of more than 50 locations in 27 cities.

The company marked the occasion with a multi-city event that connected its offices live for the first time. Celebrations included extensive leadership engagement and a rewards and recognition for key performers and contributors.

Commenting on the historic milestone, D Anand Bhaskar, group chief executive and managing director, described a feeling of “immense pride” to be leading such an organisation. He said: “Air Works is not only regarded as an MRO institution and a reputed industry benchmark, but it has also become a manifestation of Atmanirbhar Bharat all around us.

“Much as we are enjoying and celebrating this milestone, we have already begun looking ahead eagerly and excitedly, towards the coming years when we turn 75.

“I thank our customers who have given us their trust and opportunities to assure their flights as well as greet and congratulate all our employees for their hard work, steadfastness, and innovation that has kept our engineering flag flying high over decades.”

Among its milestones, Air Works Group was India’s first privately owned, independent MRO to create an EASA-certified maintenance facility for airlines in India at Hosur, Tamil Nadu, in 2008-9, after realising the need and advantages of having an indigenous facility.

Since then, the company has expanded its maintenance capacities significantly, inaugurating a second, state-of-the-art maintenance facility at the Cochin International Airport, for both business and commercial aircraft, designed to offer added flexibility to customers, together with another dedicated facility for maintenance of large business jets such as the Embraer ERJ-135.

The company has undertaken more than 500 C-checks to date, supported by in-house EASA and DGCA-certified shops to provide comprehensive structure and composite repairs, battery support, cabin interiors, component repairs, heat exchangers, painting, and more.

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Air Works Group, India’s leading independent MRO, celebrated the 73rd anniversary of operations on 16 April.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 10:06:33 +0000 eNethersole 68233 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Sanad announces second cohort of the Sanad Future Leaders Program http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/sanad-announces-second-cohort-of-the-sanad-future-leaders-program

This collaboration marks the commencement of the second cohort of the Sanad Future Leaders Program, aimed at advancing the next generation of national leaders to drive the sustainable growth of aviation Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO).

This new phase underscores Sanad’s continued commitment to talent development, building on the success of the inaugural Sanad Future Leaders Program conducted in 2023 in partnership with a prominent European business school, which resulted in the successful graduation of five national employees in the aviation sector.

Under this new partnership, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide will curate a leadership development program for Sanad employees. Eight talents demonstrating leadership skills - a quarter of which are females - from Human Resources (HR), engineering, operations and quality will embark on a new journey, gaining essential skills to deliver exceptional services to global OEMs and local and international airlines.

The programme, which spans one year, will enable participants to engage in immersive and practical sessions both at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's campus in Florida, United States of America (USA), and in Abu Dhabi, delving into subjects including project management, business communication, strategic development, and financial solutions. The program enables access to industry experiences that have the potential to elevate the expertise of Sanad’s aviation MRO experts, emphasising innovation, transformative strategies, and exposure to global best practices.

Mansoor Janahi, managing director and Group CEO of Sanad, commented: “Our collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University signifies a pivotal step forward in nurturing talent and leadership within Abu Dhabi's aerospace industry. This partnership drives innovation and excellence, essential for navigating the aviation sector's robust potential. Equipping and empowering our talent to seize opportunities and drive sustainable growth ensures we meet market demands while delivering service excellence.”

Ebraheem Budebs, Group Head of Human Resources at Sanad, said: “The Sanad Future Leaders Program is pivotal for our workforce's professional growth, focusing on managerial and leadership skills. Teaming up with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the second cohort elevates our technical staff, exposing them to global experts and integrating academic-practical knowledge for aviation leadership excellence.”

John Watret, Ph.D. Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, added: “Our collaboration with Sanad, a leading independent Aviation MRO company, reinforces our dedication to the future growth of aviation. With the industry evolving rapidly, the Sanad Future Leaders Program plays a vital role in keeping Sanad's top talent agile and ready to lead in delivering outstanding service within the dynamic global aviation sector.”

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Sanad has collaborated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a university specialising in aviation and aerospace.

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Sat, 13 Apr 2024 10:07:51 +0000 eNethersole 68212 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Joramco signs new maintenance agreement with LATAM Airlines http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/joramco-signs-new-maintenance-agreement-with-latam-airlines

The agreement was announced during MRO Americas 2024, under which Joramco will be performing C checks on three of their B787 fleet starting July of this year.

Joramco’s chief executive officer, Fraser Currie, said: “We are delighted to expand our customer base further into Latin America, our new agreement with LATAM Airlines not only reaffirms our commitment to deliver excellence, but also solidifies our position as a globally trusted MRO provider. We look forward to further fruitful collaborations in the future.”

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Joramco has been awarded a contract to perform Heavy Maintenance for LATAM Airlines, the largest airline in Latin America.

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Sat, 13 Apr 2024 10:00:18 +0000 eNethersole 68210 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Joramco appoints new chief operations officer http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/people/joramco-appoints-new-chief-operations-officer

Klose is a seasoned aviation professional with over 20 years direct experience in base maintenance operations and technical operations. He has held many senior positions with his most recent being VP of Maintenance and Engineering at Saudi Royal Aviation. At Joramco, he will be leading the Operations Department to oversee the day-to-day technical and operational functions of the business.

Commenting on Klose’s appointment, chief executive officer, Fraser Currie said: “Joramco is delighted to welcome Stephan to the senior management team where he will be joining and leading a team of experts and professionals.  I look forward to his contribution in delivering against our vision and mission statements, especially at a time of significant strategic growth.”

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Joramco, the Amman-based MRO facility, has appointed Stephan Klose as the new chief operations officer.

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Mon, 08 Apr 2024 11:23:41 +0000 eNethersole 68189 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Riyadh Air’s first intake of female Saudi engineers commence diploma course http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/training/riyadh-airs-first-intake-of-female-saudi-engineers-commence-diploma-course

The female engineers will study under the supervision and guidance of Aviation Australia and the International Aviation Technical College at Riyadh Airport, this follows an MOU signed between Riyadh Air and the Colleges of Excellence in August 2023 and is the first collaboration of many between the organisations.

These budding engineers are all Saudi high-school graduates with impressive GPAs and were chosen from thousands of applicants who wished to be part of the Riyadh Air story as it moves towards future operations. The airline is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion and in a positive sign of the ongoing role of women in the airline, Riyadh Air has specifically chosen females for its entire first intake of trainee engineers to be placed on the apprenticeship programme.

Senior leaders from Riyadh Air including Tony Douglas, CEO, H.E. Mark Donovan, Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Engineer Ajman Abdullah, CEO of Colleges of Excellence met with the trainee engineers during a visit to the facility at Riyadh Airport. Female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians currently account for only 3.0% (*ICAO Statistics) of the worldwide workforce. With a shortfall of qualified maintenance workers expected in the coming years, Riyadh Air is harnessing an expanding talent pool of Saudi females who are keen to enter non-traditional roles in the industry.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air said: Riyadh Air is an airline that will challenge perceptions while representing the modern, dynamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Diversity and inclusion is an important pillar of our business and introducing young women to the technical side of our airline demonstrates that we are serious about creating an airline that meets the expectations of Vision 2030. We are fortunate that our engineers are students at the International Aviation technical College under the Colleges of Excellence banner and accredited by Aviation Australia, one of the most prestigious global aviation schools and we fully expect these ladies to be part of the future leadership of Riyadh Air.

Mark Donovan, Australia Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia commented: “It was great to join Colleges of Excellence and the CEO of Riyadh Air at the International Aviation Technical College to meet the first women who have joined the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program. This is a great step and it is fantastic to know that Australia’s world leading education sector OSS once again enabling women’s economic participation as Saudi Arabia moves forward with Vision 2030.”

Engineer Ayman Abdullah, CEO of Colleges of Excellence, added: “We are proud to support this pioneering batch of female trainees in the field of aircraft maintenance engineering in partnership with Riyadh Air, and we believe in their capabilities to achieve excellence in this dynamic field. Colleges of Excellence work to provide a stimulating educational and training environment for the trainees and provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their professional developments. We are keen to support the women national competencies in various fields and provide them with proper job opportunities.”

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Riyadh Air has taken the first intake of 27 females who commenced their 30-month diploma course on their path to become certified aircraft engineering technicians.

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Mon, 08 Apr 2024 10:35:02 +0000 eNethersole 68187 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Rolls Royce Pearl 10X engine takes to the skies for the first time http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/business-aviation/rolls-royce-pearl-10x-engine-takes-to-the-skies-for-the-first-time

The test took place on the company’s dedicated Boeing 747 flying testbed.

The engine has been selected by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault to exclusively power its brand-new flagship aircraft, the Falcon 10X.

The start of flight testing is an important milestone for the Pearl 10X programme and for Rolls-Royce as it focuses on growing in the business aviation market, as outlined at last year’s Capital Markets Day. The Pearl 10X is the newest member of the state-of-the-art Pearl engine family and the first Rolls Royce engine ever to power a Dassault business jet. The French aircraft manufacturer’s selection of the Pearl 10X for its new top product is further evidence of Rolls-Royce’s position as the leading engine manufacturer in business aviation.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, pilots and flight test engineers will put the engine through its paces over the coming months. The flight test programme will include engine performance and handling checks at various speeds and altitudes, inflight relights, tests of the nacelle’s anti-icing system and fan vibration tests at various altitudes.

So far, the development programme on the ground has included the rigorous testing of the new ultra-low emissions ALM combustor, which is compatible with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and the new accessory gearbox, which allows for higher additional power extraction. The engine, which surpassed its target thrust levels on the very first test run, will be the most powerful business aviation engine in the Rolls-Royce portfolio.

Philipp Zeller, senior vice president Dassault • Business Aviation, Rolls Royce, said: “We are excited to enter into this important next phase of the engine development programme with the start of our flight test campaign. All the tests completed to date confirm the reliability of the engine and show it will meet the performance requirements to power Dassault’s flagship, the Falcon 10X.”

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Rolls-Royce has kicked off the flight test campaign for its latest aero engine for the business aviation market, the Pearl 10X.

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Thu, 04 Apr 2024 09:17:33 +0000 eNethersole 68175 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
GKN Aerospace expands support LEAP engines http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/gkn-aerospace-expands-support-leap-engines

The contract covers new shafts and spare part production for the Leap 1A variant for the Airbus A320neo aircraft, with the expectation to produce similar components for the LEAP 1B for the Boeing 737-MAX aircraft in the future.                                                                   

Through this contract GKN will support Safran with its significant future demand and will start up new Shaft production at GKN Aerospace’s global centre of excellence in Kongsberg, Norway. The first shafts are expected to be delivered from GKN Norway to Paris in the second half of 2024.

GKN Aerospace and Safran have worked together closely for more than 35 years, with long-term partnerships in place for the industry-leading CFM56 and GE90 engines, as well as on the next-generation RISE technology development program.

Alexander Andersson, senior vice president of GKN Aerospace’s Engines business, said: “This is a significant agreement and another important milestone in our partnership with Safran.  The LEAP is at the forefront of the industry and we are proud to increase our presence on the engine today, while continuing to explore new technology development for the next-generation RISE engine.”

Dominique Dupuy, senior vice president, purchasing for Safran Aircraft Engines, said: “We are satisfied with our partnership with GKN, which began several decades ago and continues with the manufacture of rotating parts for the LEAP programmes.”

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GKN Aerospace has signed a decade-long agreement with Safran Aircraft Engines to expand its support for the LEAP engines. 

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Tue, 19 Mar 2024 10:11:55 +0000 eNethersole 68121 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Joramco concludes successful participation in MRO Middle-East http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/joramco-concludes-successful-participation-in-mro-middle-east

Throughout the two-day event, Joramco had a significant presence, participating in industry-leading discussions and announcing several strategic agreements with MNG Airlines, TUI fly, in addition to Boeing, Satair, and Bossard Aerospace. 

Fraser Currie, chief executive officer of Joramco, participated in the event's "Go Live! Theatre," where he discussed the topic of capacity issues on the horizon alongside many industry professionals. 

Currie said: “We are delighted to participate in this exhibition as it offers a valuable opportunity to connect with key representatives from leading companies in the industry. It also allows us to engage with representatives from renowned companies. This provides an opportunity to showcase our company's latest achievements and future plans.”

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Joramco said it had a successful participation in this year’s MRO Middle East 2024.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2024 09:18:47 +0000 eNethersole 68101 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
dnata gains IATA’s CEIV lithium battery certification across 11 stations globally http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/dnata-gains-iatas-ceiv-lithium-battery-certification-across-11-stations-globally

This achievement underlines the company’s commitment to meeting rigorous safety standards and regulatory requirements in the handling of potentially hazardous materials.

dnata’s journey with IATA’s CEIV lithium battery programme began in April 2023. Less than 12 months later, it has become the first ground services provider to certify 11 of its worldwide stations, which all took part in a comprehensive audit process. The company’s stations in Australia and Pakistan were the first to complete the assessment phase, followed by Singapore, Belgium, the UK, and UAE. The IATA certification ceremony for these stations took place at the recent World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong.

dnata’s receipt of full accreditation provides its customers with a guarantee of quality and safety, ensuring consistency throughout its operations.

Guillaume Crozier, dnata’s Senior Vice President, UAE Cargo and Global Cargo Strategy, said: “We are pleased to achieve IATA’s CEIV Lithium Battery accreditation, a testament to our commitment to safety and compliance. This recognition underscores our ongoing efforts to maintain the highest standards in the handling of dangerous goods, ensuring the safety of our operations and the satisfaction of our customers.”

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said: “The volume of air shipments containing lithium batteries is rising. Ensuring these items are transported safely and efficiently is a top priority for the industry. Key to this is complying with regulatory changes and the integration of best practices in lithium battery handling across the supply chain. This is why CEIV Lithium Batteries was established. 

“We commend dnata for being the first Ground Handling Agent to achieve CEIV lithium battery certification across its network of 11 hubs. This accomplishment not only benefits dnata's customers by guaranteeing their shipments are handled with utmost efficiency and safety, but also sets a quality benchmark for the industry.”

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dnata has received IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) accreditation for the safe and compliant handling of lithium batteries.

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Tue, 12 Mar 2024 10:52:37 +0000 eNethersole 68088 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Satair and Joramco sign supply agreement http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/maintenance/satair-and-joramco-sign-supply-agreement

The agreement ensures a consistent flow and regional availability of spare parts under a defined scope planned in accordance with Joramco’s needs. This targeted approach brings relief and greater reliability to the supply chain while decreasing material management costs and minimising AOG risks.

Satair and Joramco have done business together for more than 27 years, and the new agreement is testament to the two companies’ strong relations and the aviation aftermarket opportunities in the Middle East region.

Paul Lochab, CCO, Satair, said: “We are pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Joramco and continue playing an important role in their supply chain and material management operations”

Joramco’s Vice President of Supply Chain, Petra Lindemann,  said: “We are proud of our successful collaboration and we are pleased to renew our agreement with Satair. Our long-lasting partnership is a testimony of the trust we place in Satair and the quality of services they provide. We look forward to working on additional future collaborations.”

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Satair and Joramco have signed an agreement covering the supply of expendables.

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