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Cirium unveils satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature

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Cirium has unveiled the first satellite-based aircraft maintenance tracking feature for aviation in its Ascend Profiles module.

The new feature, Ground Events, enables aircraft and engine manufacturers, maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, parts suppliers, lessors and insurers to monitor and predict future aircraft maintenance events, resulting in businesses better understanding when and where an aircraft last had a maintenance event and forecast its next visit.

It also helps to identify aircraft transitions and define strategies around how and where maintenance and aftermarket budgets are being allocated by operators or owners.

Jeremy Bowen, CEO at Cirium said: “We are innovators and constantly looking to surface new ideas to empower the aviation industry.

“By tracking each Ground Event of an airline’s aircraft, we can identify whether it was for redesigned cabins, new aircraft branding, a maintenance event, or for its return to service.”

Cirium says the first phase of the new Ground Events feature captures all instances when aircraft spend over seven days on the ground and identifies the aircraft registration, airport, arrival date and time, departure date and time, ground event duration (in days) and aircraft age. For specific airlines the feature showcases the types of maintenance activity and the provider.

According to Cirium, the new feature demonstrates the power of combining Cirium’s unrivalled fleets and advanced satellite-based flight tracking data with the MRO locations and MRO relationships data.

In one example, it shows Air France has been redesigning the cabin interiors of all 15 of their Airbus A330 fleet to match the interiors of their A350 aircraft.

This reflects the carrier’s focus on enhancing the passenger experience and benefitted the airline when air travel started to return post the COVID-19 lockdowns. All 15 A330s were ready to return to service with the new interiors installed in July 2020.

The Ground Events feature is part of the Ascend Profiles User Interface which visualises airline and lessor profiles, providing quick insights around aircraft types, airport locations, OEMs, MROs and more.

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AJW Group launches new aircraft remarketing division

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Independent aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider AJW Group has launched a new division within the group specialising in aircraft remarketing.

The company says its new remarketing division includes a team of highly experienced remarketing specialists and provides a tailormade service to meet the challenging needs of aircraft operators, owners, investors, and insolvency practitioners seeking convenience and reduced administration whilst wishing to maximise their assets potential value.

AJW Group, which has over 90 years of nose-to-tail knowledge of aircraft maintenance and operating costs and technical knowledge of the full life cycle of an aircraft, provides a global network and extensive industry insight.

The team is led by Tony Whitty, Senior Vice President Sales, who spent over 30 years in aircraft remarketing, helping many airlines, banks and other owners remarket their assets. Tony is joined by Charley Cleaver and Alex Babis. According to AJW Group, all three have worked together on many projects and collectively have over 75 years of remarketing experience within the commercial aircraft market sector.

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales of AJW Group, commented: “We are proud to add value to our customer experience by offering clients the new remarketing service. Our strong team of specialists bring vast industry insight and by accessing our global network to offer our clients the best solution, reinforce AJWs commitment to supporting aviation efficiency.”

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China Cargo Airlines extends Lufthansa Technik component support contract

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China Cargo Airlines has extended its contract with Lufthansa Technik that covers component support for the airline’s Boeing freighter aircraft.

Under the 15-year contract, over ten Boeing 777-200 freighters are covered with fully customised and extensive component services. Lufthansa Technik says it will support China Cargo Airlines’ main base in Shanghai with its component service offices in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hamburg to coordinate customer support and ensure 24/7 worldwide AOG services at different locations which are vital for flight operations.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul services will be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s component centres in Hamburg, Germany and Shenzhen, China.

Mr. Liu Gang, Vice President of China Cargo Airlines, highly commended Lufthansa Technik’s service performance level for their existing 747-400F fleet during the past few years: “Our long-term cooperation with Lufthansa Technik started already in 2000 and we have been great partners on the aviation journey for more than two decades. By given fully customised component service scope, we are very confident to continuously rely on Lufthansa Technik in servicing our new 777-200 freighters. ”

“This long-term agreement enhances Lufthansa Technik’s position as a key MRO provider on the Boeing 777 freighter components,” said Dr. Georg Fanta, Head of Commercial Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik. “We also bring a breadth of engineering expertise and extensive experience alongside with our global logistics network to provide seamless support to our customers. ”

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AJW Group extends Brazilian operator PBH support

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Independent aircraft component parts, repair, and supply chain solutions provider AJW Group has extended its power-by-the-hour (PBH) support contract with Brazilian cargo operator Modern Logistics.

AJW Group says the support contract providing full power-the-hour services for B737CL freighters has been in operation since 2017 and was the first PBH contract for AJW in Brazil. Since then AJW has become the supplier of choice for airlines across the South American region, reinforced by the recent signing of Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier, JetSMART Airlines SpA, with its rapidly expanding fleet of A320 ceo and neo aircraft, and the Caribbean’s first ultra-low-cost airline, Arajet S.A., and its growing fleet of LEAP powered B737 MAX aircraft.

According to AJW Group, the Modern Logistics contract extension highlights the PBH agreement’s outstanding value for money and excellent customer service. Erik Fernando de Souza, Purchasing Manager, Modern Logistics, commented: “We are delighted to extend our support contract with AJW. We originally chose AJW because of its breadth and technical expertise as well as high response levels via 24/7 AOG service. Also important is the fair market value for the parts that we lease. Modern Logistics is the pre-eminent cargo operator in Brazil, serving a key market where dangerous and special goods need to be transported by air due to infrastructure gaps.”

David Shorter, Head of PBH, AJW Group said: “We are pleased to extend our power-by-the-hour contract with Modern Logistics and are proud that AJW Technique, AJW Group’s flagship maintenance facility in Montreal, is the trusted provider of component repair services. In conjunction with strategic partners across our supply chain, the contract will continue to ensure an exceptional end-to-end customer experience for Modern Logistics.“

Pratt & Whitney Welcomes Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to the GTF MRO Network

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance joins GTF MRO Network

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Pratt & Whitney Welcomes Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to the GTF MRO Network

Pratt & Whitney is expanding its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine with the addition of Air France Industries KLM E&M.

According to Pratt & Whitney, the facility will serve PW1500G engines for the Airbus A220 with full disassembly, assembly and test capability. Pratt & Whitney GTF engines now power more than 1,300 aircraft with 62 operators across three aircraft families and the GTF MRO network continues to expand around the globe.

“Air France received their first A220-300 aircraft in September of 2021, and today we are excited to welcome AFI KLM E&M to our distinguished network of shops. Their experience as an operator and established MRO provider will be a strong asset in providing world-class maintenance services to the growing GTF fleet,” said Marc Meredith, executive director of GTF Engine Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney. “With engine orders increasing, it has become critical to expand our global MRO presence with capable, quality maintenance providers like AFI KLM E&M to ensure proximity and seamless service to our customers.”

Other engine centres in Europe within the GTF MRO network include MTU Aero Engines and two Lufthansa Technik facilities in Germany, EME AERO in Poland, OGMA in Portugal and SR Technics in Switzerland.

Following its first induction, which is planned for first half of 2023, AFI KLM E&M’s facility in Paris will be the third facility in the region to provide PW1500G services.

“We are pleased to join the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network,” said Anne Brachet, Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance. “We have been providing maintenance services for more than 90 years, growing and adapting with the evolving aviation industry. Adding the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine among our capabilities strengthens our positioning on the next generation of platforms, boots our offerings to customers and furthers the technical expertise of our maintenance teams.”

AFI KLM E&M and Ampaire sign MOU

AFI KLM E&M and Ampaire sign memorandum of understanding

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AFI KLM E&M and Ampaire sign MOU

AFI KLM E&M and Ampaire signed a memorandum of understanding at MRO Europe in London on 19 October that anticipates bringing the worldwide resources of AFI KLM E&M to the introduction and global support of electrified aircraft.

The memorandum of understanding encompasses a broad range of mutual interests – from aircraft development, maintenance training and support to data analytics. The two companies say they intend to accelerate the introduction of sustainable aviation by utilising their respective core competencies.

Ampaire is in the process of certifying its nine-seat hybrid-electric Eco Caravan, with a service introduction planned for 2024.

Kevin Noertker, Ampaire founder and CEO, said: “Ampaire and AFI KLM E&M will work together to explore maintenance support for game-changing low-emissions aircraft on a worldwide basis. AFI KLM E&M’s powerful global network and strong expertise will give operators everywhere high technical confidence in new propulsion systems. These systems will also provide optimised maintenance costs compared to conventional turbines.”

Pratt & Whitney Welcomes Iberia Maintenance to the GTF MRO Network

Iberia Maintenance joins Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network

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Pratt & Whitney Welcomes Iberia Maintenance to the GTF MRO Network

Pratt & Whitney has expanded its global network of providers maintaining the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to include Iberia Maintenance.

The maintenance and engineering division of Iberia Airlines will service PW1100G-JM engines for the A320neo family with full disassembly, assembly and test capability. The agreement was announced during Aviation Week’s MRO Europe conference on Wednesday 19 October.

GTF engines now power more than 1,300 aircraft with 62 operators across three aircraft families. To keep pace with the growing fleet, the GTF MRO network continues to expand around the globe.

“With increasing engine orders, we continue to grow our MRO presence with capable, quality maintenance providers worldwide to ensure proximity and seamless service to our customers,” said Marc Meredith, Executive Director of GTF Engine Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney. “Already a proven MRO provider for the V2500 engine, Iberia Maintenance’s skill and experience will be a strong asset to the GTF MRO network.”

“We are proud to receive Pratt & Whitney’s confidence and to take this strategic step in the development of our engine business, which will allow us to consolidate our position as a full-service provider in single aisle fleets while ensuring the continuity of our workshop at the forefront of the industry’s technology,” said Andy Best, Chief Technical Officer for Iberia. “I would also like to thank both the Iberia and Pratt & Whitney teams for all the hard work and collaboration in achieving this milestone.”

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Cobalt Aerospace launches new in-seat power system

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Cobalt Aerospace has launched an in-seat power system (ISPS) that will allow operators to easily provide power to seats.

The system, which is an all-in-one retrofit solution, empowers carriers to boost their business through enhancing the in-flight experience for passengers.

The Cobalt Aerospace ISPS is a bespoke solution, and carriers will be able to choose anything from individual outlets to a comprehensive retrofit package including power supplies, cabling, and wiring harnesses.

The range of available USB outlets will be supplied by IFPL. Each outlet incorporates easy and rapid on-wing replacement thanks to IFPL’s innovative cartridge design.

Cobalt Aerospace Director and Co-founder Ben Brown commented: “Aside from creating a great passenger experience, each of our products is also dedicated to making life as easy as possible for operators and crew. Our ISPS does just that by offering a simple “one-stop shop” for in-seat power. Operators can select a custom package that suits the needs of their fleet exactly, making this a cost-effective way to being high quality in-seat power to passengers.”

Among the power outlets available either individually or as part of a packaged solution is the IFPL Reversible USB-A Module which allows the user to input a connector either way up, delivering bi-directional charging power which saves passengers the frustration of plugging a USB in the wrong way.

Cobalt’s partnership with IFPL means customers also have access to the AdPower USB Module. Combining in-seat power with generating extra revenue on-board, AdPower offers passengers the option to purchase power or watch advertising in exchange for power.

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Airbus Corporate Jets reinforces presence in the United States

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Airbus Corporate Jets has announced that it is continuing to increase its presence in the U.S.

The aircraft manufacturer says it will be expanding its team, visibility and sales and marketing efforts throughout the country. More than 210 Airbus corporate jets are currently in service worldwide, flying on every continent.

There is a need for some 1,200 business jets in the U.S. either to be replaced or cater for growth, including around 100 bizliners and 1,100 bizjets. “The goal for ACJ is to penetrate the U.S. market with its latest new-generation corporate jet aircraft, the ACJ TwoTwenty, which was launched at the end of 2020,” said Sean McGeough, VP Commercial ACJ for North America.

“We strongly believe that the ACJ TwoTwenty is a game changer as it is a new value proposition to business aviation buyers. The innovative solution combines intercontinental range and up to three times more personal space, thus providing more comfort for each passenger and at a similar price tag as ULR bizjets but with a much lower operating cost.”

In addition, Comlux Completion in Indianapolis is extending its capabilities within the ACJ Service Center Network and is becoming an approved Service Center MRO for the ACJ TwoTwenty. Its capabilities include all maintenance-related activities, cabin refurbishing and cabin/system upgrades.

Fokker Services & Fokker Techniek Rebrand to Become Fokker Services Group

Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek rebrand as Fokker Services Group

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Fokker Services & Fokker Techniek Rebrand to Become Fokker Services Group

Aerospace service provider Fokker Services and aircraft maintenance and completion company Fokker Techniek have rebranded to become Fokker Services Group.

Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek say that although the rebranding unites the companies’ diverse products and services under one group, their company names will remain for legal contracts.

Roland van Dijk, Co-CEO of Fokker Services Group, said: “Our mission has always been to provide flexible solutions that fit our customers’ needs. By uniting these two companies, we bring together a diverse set of capabilities and expertise. As Fokker Services Group, we offer innovative total support solutions to the entire aerospace aftermarket.”

Menzo van der Beek, Co-CEO of Fokker Services Group commented: “Since the acquisition of Fokker Services and Fokker Techniek in March 2021, our teams have worked closely together to ensure the success of shared projects. Together, we are taking a leading role in the aerospace aftermarket, while focusing on innovation, advanced processes, engineering excellence, strategic partnerships and our great teams.”

The company will continue to deliver a wide variety of aftermarket products and services, including aircraft MRO, component MRO and programmes, modifications, engineering services, spare parts delivery and manufacturing, as well as VIP and special mission conversions and completions.

Fokker Services Group has five facilities across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.