MRO News in Brief

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Safran and Lufthansa Technik sign license agreement: Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik have signed a license agreement for the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of Airbus A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles. Over 2,500 nacelles produced by Safran Nacelles are currently in service on Airbus A320neo aircraft that are powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Lufthansa Technik is becoming a member of Safran Nacelles’ licensed MRO network. The company will be able to carry out warranty tasks, repairs and modifications guaranteed by Safran Nacelles. Thus, in combination with its existing rotable asset pool of LEAP-1A spares, Lufthansa Technik can offer its customers spare availability from OEM stock locations and MRO services. A320neo operators will benefit from Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik’s extensive repair experience and are assured to find a station nearby so that repair time can be shortened, and the cost of logistics reduced. With this partnership, both companies will jointly ensure the highest standards in nacelle MRO for the growing fleet of Airbus A320neo.

ATR-100155_MDATR signs a partnership agreement with Swiss-AS: ATR, the world’s number one regional aircraft manufacturer, and leading MRO software company Swiss-AS, announced a partnership to further improve the digitalisation of airline maintenance management. Through this collaboration – a first between an aircraft manufacturer and an MRO software company – the two partners are working hand in hand to improve and customise the integration of ATR maintenance data into the AMOS software provided by Swiss-AS to ATR operators. The aim is to enable airlines to digitalise their maintenance management in the most efficient way with a software tailored to their needs and operational constraints. Currently, the integration of technical publications, provided by the OEM into the software solution is under the responsibility of the operator and often requires the usage of standalone systems and various middleware to manage data integrity and revisions.

AJW Group and Honeywell Aerospace expand distribution agreement: AJW Group, a world-leading independent aircraft supply chain solutions provider to the aviation industry, specialising in component supply and repair, and Honeywell Aerospace, announced the expansion of a worldwide sole distributor agreement, originally agreed in 2021, for the global sales of 29 Honeywell standard-fit new avionic products for the Boeing 787 platform, to include an additional five mechanical products. Under the terms of the agreement, AJW Group is now the sole aftermarket distributor for all Honeywell B787 Mechanical and Avionic Line Replacement Units (LRU’s) fitted to current and future Boeing 787 aircraft. The agreement covers Initial Provisioning and on-going purchasing requirements for all operators and integrated service providers worldwide. The expanded distribution list covers parts ranging from Inertial Reference Units to Flight Control Modules, Global Navigation Satellite Systems Antenna to Active Clearance Control Valves. In addition to the sole distribution agreement, AJW Group has invested in additional Boeing 787, 737NG/MAX and A320 NEO material in serviceable and new condition from Honeywell to support their global customers.

AFIKLMEM_LEAPAFI KLM E&M and units sign multiple deals: Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) in the Americas, has entered into a two-year component repair agreement with AerFin. The agreement covers a variety of part-numbers to help support AerFin’s A320 and E170/E190 aircraft. AFI KLM E&M and SkyThread, a provider of a neutral industry data network applied to aviation, announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to perpetuate their industrial and commercial partnership around the solution for ‘SkyThread for Parts’, to be implemented on AFI KLM E&M component services pool. The result of more than a year of collaboration based on SkyThread’s blockchain and aviation data expertise combined with AFI KLM E&M’s leading-edge component support know-how, this innovation aims to facilitate, accelerate, and secure the tracking of components from manufacturing to decommissioning. Barfield Inc., a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) in the Americas, has entered into a three-year repair agreement with AerCap Materials. The agreement covers a large scope of part numbers to help support AerCap Materials’ customer base and ensure a better-quality repair service.

SR Technics partners with Kuehne+Nagel and Atlas Air: SR Technics with Kuehne+Nagel and Atlas Air, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. have introduced the “Sustainable Engine Alliance”. Together, the alliance members pledge to set new industry standards for low-carbon aircraft engine supply chains in line with SBTi targets. Representing a wide range of the aviation industry, alliance members aim to reduce their collective environmental impact by building networks for sustainable engine supply ecosystems and offer portfolio of sustainable services. With its expertise and visibility throughout the entire engine supply chain, the alliance is firmly committed to facilitating low-carbon engine supply chains and taking an active role in developing best practices. The initial modules include global digital backbone for emission transparency, reduction and avoidance, deployment of sustainable fuels and engine stand management solutions. The initiative is expected to reduce engine supply chain related scope 3 emissions in line with aviation’s 2050 sustainability targets.

GE Aerospace and AJW Group sign systems services deal: GE Aerospace has signed an agreement with AJW Group to support avionics and electrical power systems across the B777, B737 and A320/30/40 family of aircraft. The contract will start this year and will cover all AJW Group’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) customers that fly B777, B737 and A320/30/40 family of aircraft. GE Aerospace was selected for the three-year agreement based on turnaround time (TAT) and repair capability. GE Aerospace will service the systems at their repair and maintenance location in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. “We are pleased to be collaborating with GE Aerospace on avionics and electrical power systems for B777, B737 and A320/30/40 family of aircraft,” said Barry Swift, Senior Vice President Operations at AJW Group. “The contract with GE Aerospace exemplifies AJW’s strategy and commitment to providing our customers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) with seamless supply chain management, the highest quality of component repairs and impressive turnaround times to meet the demands that operators need to maximise their operations.”

ST Engineering, Spirit AeroSystems sign exclusive cooperation agreement: Spirit AeroSystems announced the signing of an exclusive cooperation agreement with ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace business to support customers in select Middle Eastern countries including Qatar, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman with aircraft engine nacelle MRO solutions. The two companies will bring together their expertise and wealth of experience across various aircraft platforms to jointly market and offer competitive value propositions. The companies intend to support a significant portion of commercial aircraft variants to operators in the Middle East. Spirit AeroSystems’ expertise include the design, build and repair of select components on the nacelles of the Boeing 737 NG/MAX, 747, 757, 777, as well as the Airbus A320ceo and A330, while ST Engineering has expertise in design, build and repair of select components on the nacelles of the Boeing 747, 767 and Airbus A330, A320neo. ST Engineering also has MRO licenses for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A320neo LEAP engine nacelles, and MRO expertise in the A320ceo and Boeing 737 NG/MAX.

Lufthansa Technik signs multiple deals: Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik have signed a licence agreement for the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of Airbus A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles. Over 2,500 nacelles produced by Safran Nacelles are currently in service on Airbus A320neo aircraft that are powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Lufthansa Technik is becoming a member of Safran Nacelles’ licenced MRO network. The company will be able to carry out warranty tasks, repairs and modifications guaranteed by Safran Nacelles, the OEM. Thus, in combination with its existing rotable asset pool of LEAP-1A spares, Lufthansa Technik can offer its customers spare availability from OEM stock locations and MRO services. A320neo operators will benefit from Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik’s extensive repair experience and are assured to find a station nearby so that repair time can be shortened and the cost of logistics reduced. With this partnership, both companies will jointly ensure the highest standards in nacelle MRO for the growing fleet of Airbus A320neo. TUI Airline, Europe’s award-winning leisure airline, has selected AVIATAR, Lufthansa Technik’s innovative digital platform for its Boeing aircraft health management requirements. TUI’s five airlines from the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany are using AVIATAR’s Condition Monitoring application to manage its fleet of around 130 aircraft. TUI’s decision was made following a project for proof-of-concept to foster system alignment across its maintenance operations, which has proven the advantages of AVIATAR solutions for TUI Airline.

FL Technics signs deal with Wizz Air: FL Technics, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, and Wizz Air UK, part of Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest-growing and most sustainable airline, signed a new contract further expanding the scope of mutual partnerships. Based on the new agreement, FL Technics will now provide Subcontracted CAMO (Continuous Airworthiness Management Operations) solutions to the airlines’ aircraft fleet operated in the United Kingdom. For the period of five years, the FL Technics engineering team will subcontract continuing airworthiness management tasks (SCATM) for the Wizz Air UK fleet of Airbus A320 FAM aircraft. The airline is currently operating 16 aircraft on the market, with potential future expansion in line with the airline’s growth plans. The services will be provided leveraging the AMOS (Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Operating System) that enables both companies to align and maintain efficient service through each stage of operations. The new contract is an expansion of existing FL Technics solutions provided to Wizz Air, including a similar scope of Subcontracted CAMO support for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, which the company has been providing since 2020. Additionally, FL Technics has been providing the airline with line and base maintenance services across Europe and the Middle East.


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