Carole Shifrin

Carole Shifrin
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Revamp Of Regional Industry Has Repercussions For MRO Providers 

Regional airlines are undergoing a period of change in everything from ownership and partner relationships to route systems and aircraft fleets, and this is helping trigger a shake-up of maintenance models.

Shift In Regional Market Proves Beneficial For Independent MROs 

As regional carriers readjust their maintenance needs and operations, a growing number of independent MROs are benefiting as new business comes their way.

Regional Market Fuels Independent MROs 
As regional carriers readjust their maintenance needs and operations, a growing number of independent MROs are benefiting as new business comes their way.
Regional Carriers Mixing Up MRO Models
Regional airlines are undergoing a period of change in everything from ownership and partner relationships to route systems and aircraft fleets.
TAM Considers Investor for MRO 

SÃO CARLOS—Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines expects to decide this summer whether to keep its maintenance, repair and overhaul unit as an internal part of the airline or spin it off as a separate company, creating an opportunity for a new shareholder to acquire a portion of it.

Empire Aerospace Expands Capabilities, Customers 

Empire Aerospace, a regional turboprop maintenance, repair and overhaul company based at Coeur d’Alene Airport in northern Idaho, is adding the Saab 340 to its list of MRO capabilities. The first three 340s from customer Saab Aircraft Leasing already have arrived at the company’s base and work on their refurbishment will begin next month, according to Empire Aerospace General Manager Tom Hamilton.

Regional Aircraft Maintenance in Maine Saved 

C&L Aerospace Group, a parts company based in Brisbane, Australia, has acquired Telford Aviation Services, a Bangor, Maine-based FAA repair station performing maintenance and heavy checks on regional aircraft.

Now rebranded as C&L Aviation Services, Telford had come close to being shut down by Milwaukee-based ACC Holdings, which had acquired it last fall and had begun laying off employees.

GOL Opens New Hangar In Belo Horizonte 

Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL this week will begin using a new, third hangar at its maintenance base at Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte to accommodate its expanding fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft.

“We will have the ‘official’ launch on March 15,” said Constantino de Oliveira, GOL’s CEO, on the sidelines of the Raymond James 2010 Growth Airline Conference in New York.

Gol Opens New Maintenance Hangar 

Brazilian low-cost carrier Gol this week will begin using a new, third hangar at its maintenance base at Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte to accommodate its expanding fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft.

“We will have the ‘official’ launch on March 15,” said Constantino de Oliveira Junior, Gol’s CEO, on the sidelines of the Raymond James 2010 Growth Airline Conference in New York.

Latin American MRO 

Latin American maintenance, repair and overhaul providers continue to expand their offerings in the worldwide MRO market, with new capabilities and certifications coming on line all the time. With increasing numbers of new-generation Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer jets being delivered into the region, and still hundreds of older-generation aircraft needing more intensive maintenance, the potential market from Latin carriers alone is enough to spur MRO development in the region.

EMBRAER SUSPENDS OPERATIONS AT WINDSOR LOCKS FACILITY 

Embraer has suspended operations at its Executive Jet Services facility at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., a temporary shutdown that company officials say is a result of the economic downturn.

Embraer Temporarily Closes Bradley Facility 

Embraer has suspended operations at its Executive Jet Services facility at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., a temporary shutdown company officials say is a result of the economic downturn.

Embraer Temporarily Closes Bradley Facility 

Embraer has suspended operations at its Executive Jet Services facility at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., a temporary shutdown company officials say is a result of the economic downturn.

Lure of Brazil’s Twinjet 

Growing numbers of Embraer 170/190 family aircraft operated by North American carriers are spurring maintenance, repair and overhaul providers to develop new capabilities to work on the increasingly popular twinjets.

Two MROs set to take advantage of the expanding market for 170/190 heavy maintenance services are Canada’s ExelTech Aerospace, which already has begun work on E-Jet aircraft, and Rome, N.Y.-based Empire Aero Center, which expects to have facilities, tooling and parts in place in the second quarter of this year.

Road Warriors 

They travel by train, plane and automobile. If by air, they can head to their mission on commercial aircraft, chartered aircraft or their company’s own airplane. Sometimes leaving their home or workplace at a moment’s notice, they can be gone a day or two, or two to three months. And their destinations could be anywhere in the world—from very remote locations, in the midst of monsoons and hurricanes, to the battlefield.

 
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