Canadian tourism airline Air Transat has saved more than 410,000 tons of carbon dioxide and up to 6% of its annual fuel bill since 2003 by sticking to a disciplined fuel saving regimen. These results may seem surprising, but the airline's strategy is straightforward—find as many ways to conserve fuel, lighten aircraft and conserve resources in corporate offices as possible, and then train employees to embrace the changes.
The global aviation aftermarket industry will enjoy a relatively stable first half of 2012, but MROs’ backlogs for maintenance work will soften as the year wears on, says equity research firm Wedbush.
Wedbush says that the commercial MRO market was valued at approximately $45 billion at the end of 2011, which is lower than the $47 billion peak in 2007. The research firm expects MRO sales to grow 5-6% in 2012. However, the extent of MRO growth this year will be about 10% slower than that seen last year, according to the firm.
We have announced a joint venture with Delta regarding MRO business. This JV will allow significant growth while maintaining the high quality airframe work that Aeromexico MRO is providing to its major clients: Delta for MD-80s, AeroMexico for Boeing 737s and AeroMexico Connect's Embraer ERJ-145.
Miami-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) hopes to gain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for an MD-80 passenger-to-freighter conversion in late March or April after supply chain issues made an expected year-end approval impossible.
David McDonald, AEI’s VP operations, says there was a delay in a crucial 9G cargo barrier material that was scheduled for delivery in September. The material is now expected to arrive in the first week of January.
Mubadala Aerospace has formed a new senior leadership structure to manage its MRO companies, SR Technics in Zurich and ADAT in Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates-based company says it will utilize the new executive team to find synergies between the two MRO companies, with the main goal of growing global business. However, both SR Technics and ADAT will remain separate legal entities.
Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) next year expects to receive supplemental type certificates (STCs) to retrofit its blended winglets on Boeing 767 and 757-200 converted freighters, a spokesman says.
“For the 767, we expect to have an amended Federal Aviation Administration STC showing compatibility between our 767-300ER blended winglets STC and Boeing’s converted freighter by the end of the first quarter of next year,” he adds.
ST Engineering will divulge details of its third quarter 2011 results in the first week of November, but ST Aerospace has already announced that it made $453 million in contracts in Q3 2011. These deals range from three to 18 months and include aircraft maintenance and modifications, component total support and engine total support contracts.
Montreal-based wire harness testing company Technologies Harness Scanner has entered a collaborative agreement with Jazz Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace to develop a new system for testing electrical sub-systems on Bombardier’s CRJ regional jets and turboprops.
Spanish operator Iberia is gearing up to start a retrofit program for 17 Airbus A340-600s next year, which are scheduled to start in mid-October 2012 at its Madrid maintenance facility.
Each aircraft will take about four weeks to complete, says Eugenia Nieto de Antonio, the engineering project manager for cabin interiors and IFE upgrades at Iberia. The airline plans to complete all of the modifications in-house at its Madrid maintenance facility.
As more health monitoring and diagnostic information is cultivated at the aftermarket level, software companies are finding ample opportunities to feed aftermarket data upstream to improve component design before parts even roll off an assembly line.
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