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MRO Market Eyes Potential Airframe Work
A significant amount of airframe heavy maintenance work soon could be up for grabs in the MRO market.
Global Military MRO Spending Will Be Flat Over Next Decade

Global military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) spending was roughly $66 billion in 2011, but is expected to decline 2.7% this year because of reduced utilization and increased budgetary restrictions, according to consultancy ICF SH&E.

Southwest Parting Out Engines To Keep MRO Costs Down

Southwest Airlines has aggressive plans to dispose of its Boeing 737 Classics over the next several years, but at the same time needs to keep pace, in a cost-effective manner, with the scheduled overhauls on the CFM56-3 engines that power those aircraft. The airline does not want to have to buy expensive new parts for engines that are unlikely to be in the Southwest fleet for more than just a few years.

Aveos Closes Doors, Seeks Court Protection, Blames Air Canada

Aveos Fleet Performance, the former maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) arm of Air Canada that has been operating as independent, privately held company since 2004, suddenly closed its doors over the weekend and sought court protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). In a statement late Monday afternoon, Aveos, whose primary customer is Air Canada, said it has ceased its airframe MRO operations and will make decisions about its other operations, primarily engine and component MRO, after assessing its options.

Aveos Closes Doors, Seeks Court Protection, Blames Air Canada

Aveos Fleet Performance, the former maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) arm of Air Canada that has been operating as independent, privately held company since 2004, suddenly closed its doors over the weekend and sought court protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). In a statement late Monday afternoon, Aveos, whose primary customer is Air Canada, said it has ceased its airframe MRO operations and will make decisions about its other operations, primarily engine and component MRO, after assessing its options.

Pemco Owes Unsecured Creditors More Than $12 Million 
Pemco World Air Services’ 30 largest unsecured creditors together are owed more than $12.2 million, according to documents included in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
MRO Pemco Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Pemco World Air Service, one of the largest independent airframe MRO providers in the U.S. and a long-time specialist in passenger-to-freighter conversions, Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says that it has secured debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing and that it plans to restructure and emerge from Chapter 11 within 90 days.

Gameco Sees Lease Returns As Opportunity

Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Gameco) sees lease returns as an opportunity as it looks to grow its third-party MRO business.

Ethiopian Orders Five More Q400s, Horizon Air Two More

Bombardier Thursday identified Ethiopian Airlines as the carrier that ordered five Q400 NextGen aircraft earlier in the week. The order, valued at $160 million at list prices, will bring to 13 the number of Q400s ordered by Ethiopian.

Two of the five aircraft will be operated by Ethiopian and three by its affiliate, Togo’s ASKY Airlines.

Boeing Extending GoldCare To 747-400s 
Boeing is extending its GoldCare service and support product to the 747-400 and is launching a new initiative that brands its array of service and support offerings under the name Boeing Edge.
Ethiopian, Horizon Order Q400s
Bombardier Thursday identified Ethiopian Airlines as the carrier that ordered five Q400. Horizon also is acquiring two.
EU Willing To Talk About Global Emissions Solution

The EU is “not wedded” to its emissions trading system (ETS) and would be willing immediately to begin negotiating a global deal to reduce aviation greenhouse gas emissions, but suspending its much-maligned ETS while an agreement is worked out is a non-starter.

MRO Exec Calls For OEMs To Focus On Building Aircraft
Aircraft makers should stick to what they do best and leave the maintenance, repair and overhaul of their products to the MRO industry, says the chairman of Lufthansa Technik.
Aviation Security Too Costly And Slow, Say Industry Leaders

Aviation security has improved dramatically over the past decade, but the cost to airlines and passengers in terms of time and money has risen sharply and new security processes need to be vetted and implemented, according to speakers today at the Singapore air show Aviation Leadership Summit.

FedEx Orders 767Fs To Replace MD-10Fs, Delays 777F Deliveries 

FedEx has ordered 27 Boeing 767-300 freighters to begin replacing its nearly 40-year-old MD-10Fs and is deferring the delivery of 11 Boeing 777Fs in a multi-faceted move company executives say will lower maintenance and operating costs and short-term capital expenditures, while enabling them to alter international capacity to projected demand.

 
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