MRO Americas News in Brief

Airbus, Breeze Airways, Darchem Engineering, Eaton, Fokker Services, Hammonds Fuel Additives, Hawaiian Airlines, MRO, Safran Nacelles, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Satair, Skywise, Topcast, Viva Air Columbia

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http://airlinkflight.org/help-ukraineSafran signs deal with Hawaiian Airlines: Safran Nacelles announced the signing of a six-year contract renewal with Hawaiian Airlines to service the thrust reversers on the carrier’s 24 Airbus A330ceo aircraft. Safran Nacelles will continue to support Hawaiian at its Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) shops located in The U.S.A. and France during scheduled maintenance or one-time repairs during unscheduled maintenance. Safran Nacelles also provides access to a pool of thrust reversers. “We are pleased that Hawaiian Airlines has renewed its confidence in Safran Nacelles for its A330ceo fleet,” said Alain Berger, Safran Nacelles’ Executive Vice President – Customer Support & Services. “Safran Nacelles teams, including those at the U.S.A. and France repair shops, are fully mobilised to keep Hawaiian Airlines’ fleet in operation.” NacelleLife support and services packages cover all Safran Nacelles’ after-sales activities and aims to provide a responsive, reliable, cost effective and high-quality service.

Safran signs service contract with Viva Air Colombia: Safran Nacelles signed a 10-year service contract with Viva Air Colombia for the nacelles of their growing fleet of A320neo aircraft powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Viva Air Colombia will have access to Safran Nacelles’ global stock of spare engine nacelles that equip the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus A320neo family jetliners. The Colombian airline will also benefit from OEM guaranteed maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions at Safran Nacelles repair stations. “We are pleased to support Viva Air Colombia in its A320neo maintenance operations” commented Alain Berger, Safran Nacelles’ Executive Vice President – Customer Support & Services. “They can count on Safran Nacelles teams, particularly those at the Indianapolis, USA repair shop, who are fully mobilized to support Viva Air Colombia on a daily basis.” The contract offers OEM warranties and is carried out as part of the NacelleLife support and services package, which cover all Safran Nacelles’ after-sales activities and aims to provide a responsive, reliable, cost effective and high-quality service.

Breeze Airways selects Airbus Flight Hour Services:  Breeze Airways, headquartered in Utah (U.S.), has chosen Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) to provide long term material services support for its A220 fleet, including spare parts pooling, multiple on-site stocks, components repairs, and engineering. Breeze Airways will benefit from Airbus’ A220 established supply chain and large stock availability to support its operations and secure fleet entry-into-service, as well as its component engineering expertise and in-service experience, which will maximise the airline’s aircraft availability and fleet efficiency. Through this new contract, Airbus confirms its leading position as the first A220 power-by-the-hour maintenance service provider in the world, including 150 A220s supported in the Americas. Breeze has an order for 80 A220-300 aircraft and is the second A220 customer to choose FHS in the U.S., following JetBlue’s selection in 2021. This FHS contract will support Breeze’s network development on the USA’s East and West Coast and in future destinations.

Topcast, Darchem sign MOU: Hong Kong-based Topcast Group and Darchem Engineering, a unit of TransDigm Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) strengthening the strategic partnership to bolster potential business opportunities in the aerospace industry. The agreement will facilitate the corporations in utilising their joint expertise and resources, offering customers a source of supply for the design, qualification and production of bespoke engineered insulated systems and state-of-the-art thermal optimisation solutions. In addition, Topcast and Darchem will leverage their respective strengths to raise brand awareness and develop business strategies by co-sharing market intelligence for seizing potential opportunities. “Topcast is pleased to establish this strategic collaboration to further our commitment to connect people, technologies and ultimately connect to the world. This MOU is a result of building on the loyal partnership that we have developed with Darchem. We look forward to the prospect of further developing joint representations to our valuable customers,” said Steven Pearson, Chief Executive Officer of Topcast.

SAS Scandinavian Airlines chooses Skywise: The Digital Alliance has welcomed SAS Scandinavian Airlines as its first customer for its Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM) solution. The new solution chosen by the airline is called “SPM Alliance” and will enhance the operations of its A320 Family fleet of around 70 aircraft. This is the first solution from the Digital Alliance combining predictive maintenance algorithms from Airbus as OEM, Delta TechOps as an MRO and operational expert and GE Digital as software expert. It encompasses a wide scope of components for aircraft and engines produced by various manufacturers. “SAS is proud to be the launch customer of SPM Alliance and we look forward to using its powerful analytics,” said Marko Rudic, Head of Technical Operations at SAS. “Thanks to SPM Alliance, we will be able to pre-empt operational disruptions and accelerate maintenance decisions by predicting potential in-service issues across our large A320 Family fleet. This is the proactive approach to fleet technical management that SAS wants to take.” The Digital Alliance was initiated with Delta TechOps in 2019 and then strengthened in 2021 with the arrival of GE Digital; it aims at developing a portfolio of nose-to-tail and cross-fleet solutions that will harness each member’s respective analytics capabilities expertise for airframes, systems and engines, to be accessed via a unified portal through the Skywise platform.

Hammonds Fuel Additives signs deal with Topcast: Hong Kong-based Topcast has attained a multi-year global distribution agreement from Hammonds Fuel Additives, Inc. for its signature product – Biobor JF – and other essential products dedicated to aviation sector and for other industrial purposes. Biobor JF is the most reliable and currently the only aviation approved fuel biocide to date that is engineered to kill and control microorganisms in the fuel tank, ensuring fuel quality and preventing contamination. Biobor JF effectively keeps tanks from biomass accumulation and thus prohibits microbially influenced corrosion. The product demonstrates outstanding effectiveness, without undesirable consequences, in reducing costly tank maintenance. It provides an effective solution for fuel handling, particularly in Southeast Asia, where the weather condition is favourable to microorganisms. The product line of this agreement also includes Lubribor and Turboline. All products are sold on-demand with express deliveries. Sales and appointments are available now.

Satair, Eaton renew distribution deal: Satair and Eaton have signed a contract to renew their exclusive global distribution agreement for a multi-year period. Satair will now distribute Eaton’s fuel and motion control products from Eaton’s Grand Rapids, Mich., and Euclid, Ohio, facilities in addition to Eaton’s Titchfield, UK, facility, in the United States and the United Kingdom to the commercial transport segment. Eaton is a world leader in delivering an unsurpassed range of reliable and fuel-efficient systems for today’s commercial aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing platforms. Eaton’s aerospace portfolio includes, among other products, engine fuel pumps, fuel distribution and vent systems and motion control solutions, all designed to optimise safety, reliability and weight savings while helping customers lower lifecycle costs and reduce emissions. Satair and Eaton entered into an agreement in 2010 which marked a change in the dynamics of the support structure for Eaton’s fuel and motion control products, going from direct support of commercial aftermarket customers to support through Satair’s global distribution network.

Fokker Services Develops LPV Solution with ASL Airlines France: Fokker Services has developed its first SBAS Landing System (SLS) modification. With this solution, operators can conduct approach operations down to Localizer Performance (LP) or Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) minima. Fokker Services developed this modification in close cooperation with ASL Airlines France for Boeing 737NG aircraft. Ed Bakkum, Sales Manager at Fokker Services, said: “Together with our partner, ASL Airlines France, we are proud to have developed a new SLS solution. With our extensive modification design experience, we have created a system that features an ILS look-a-like interface for crew. This ensures straightforward pilot use and training – a perfect fit for any Boeing 737NG operator.” As of 25 January 2024, all instrumental runway ends within Europe, where appropriate Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) coverage is available, must have an LPV-based approach. Aircraft will need an approach type that matches the airports and must therefore have LPV capabilities if flying an LPV approach. Fokker Services’ standalone solution requires no changes to the aircraft’s existing avionics architecture, and offers the same minima as ILS CAT I. If required, the modification can be incorporated during scheduled downtime over a set of installation steps.

Fokker Services launches Boeing 737NG Nose-to-Tail Programme: Fokker Services has launched a nose-to-tail component maintenance programme for Boeing 737NG aircraft. From its facilities in the U.S. and the Netherlands, more than 50 percent of the component MRO capabilities are completed in-house for this programme. With these capabilities, Fokker Services maintains exceptionally high control over turnaround times, costs, and reliability, which allows customers to simplify their operations. Dirk Hanenberg, Managing Director Component Material Services at Fokker Services, said: “Our Boeing 737NG component MRO expertise covers critical parts such as IDGs, engine accessories, hydraulic actuators, cockpit controls and instruments. We saw a clear and logical fit in combining our vast in-house repair knowledge with our 30 years of nose-to-tail program experience. With OEM and alternative solutions available, as well as different contract options, we offer fully flexible packages to meet the unique needs of any Boeing 737NG operator.” Fokker Services launched its component maintenance program in 1992, which supports CRJ, Dash 8 and Fokker aircraft, with Boeing 737NG becoming the latest addition. Together with the benefits from the extensive in-house component repair capabilities, the team has strong relationships with repair network providers around the world to support in delivering this programme.

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