Kristin Majcher kristin_majcher@aviationweek.com

Kristin Majcher kristin_majcher@aviationweek.com
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Sabena Technics Performs A330 Checks For Afriqiyah Airways 
Several aircraft in the Libyan operator’s fleet suffered damage during recent conflicts, prompting structural repairs.
Green Guidelines 

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.

Lufthansa Technik Malta Focusing On High-End Mods

Lufthansa Technik Malta is installing its third new first-class cabin in a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600. The airline plans to convert to the luxury cabins in its 24 A340-600s by 2015.

AAR Expands European Component Hub
AAR has expanded inventory at its European distribution center for Unison aerospace components, located at Amsterdam Schipol Airport.
Wedbush Predicts Slower MRO Growth in 2012

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.

Executive Resolutions 

Miguel Uribe, CEO, AeroMexico MRO

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.

AEI Sees MD-80 Freighter STC Around End Of 1Q 

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 Restructures MRO Leadership 

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 Plan New Freighter STCs 

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 Aerospace Signs $453 Million In Q3 Contracts 

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.

Jazz Uses New Harness Testing System to Reduce TATs 

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.

Iberia Gears Up For A340 Cabin Retrofits 

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.

Coordinating CAD

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.

Rest Assured 

Aircraft hangars hold millions of dollars of equipment, making high-tech but easy-to-use security systems a must for any MRO.

KapLogic has partnered with Mate Intelligent Video to create intelligent security software for airports, hangars and facilities that already have a security guard performing real-time monitoring.

Delta TechOps and Air Canada Sign PW4060 Engine Maintenance Agreement 

Delta TechOps has signed an exclusive five-year agreement with Air Canada for repair and overhaul services on the airline’s fleet of Pratt & Whitney PW4060 engines that power nine Boeing 767 aircraft.

 
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