Boeing’s planned maintenance services partnership with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) represents the manufacturer’s most aggressive push into the lucrative commercial aftermarket and tracks with the company’s strategy of teaming up with partners that add value as it seeks to grow its services revenues.
Like an eagle that uses its keen vision, strength and size to become apex predator of the aviaries, Pratt & Whitney believes its PW1000 geared turbofan will be the eagle in its nest to make its commercial production soar (AW&ST May 26/June 2, p. 36).
The hangar-services-only days in Central and Eastern Europe are over—as is “hangar mania,” which is how former FL Technics CEO Jonas Butautis described the proliferation of basic MRO services that popped up there over the past few years and created overcapacity.
As the global airline fleet renews and new aircraft types—such as the Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Bombardier CSeries—take flight with engines such as the Pratt & Whitney PurePower and CFM Leap-1B, the aviation industry will see a big transition in powerplant technology.
Expect to see more demand for on-wing services, including repairs such as compressor blade-blending via dedicated boroscope ports.
Having flown more than 35,000 mi. in the past month between North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific—on aircraft including an Embraer 190 within Brazil to a Boeing 777-300ER from Dubai to Singapore—how could airline operations not have occupied my mind?
As the world becomes more connected, and as airlines in regions such as Southeast Asia expand into sizes where aftermarket volumes support developing local services, partnerships flourish. I witnessed it on each continent.
Unlike the 1987 movie “Trains, Planes and Automobiles,” low-cost Latin American airlines Azul Linhas Aereas and VivaAerobus.com are connected by buses and aircraft. They also are based in countries with growing middle classes that are first and second in terms of potential market size.
DUBAI — Lufthansa Technik and UTC Aerospace Systems have expanded their Boeing 787 component agreement to include work on interior products , sensors and integrated systems.
Their MRO cooperation for Dreamliner components started in 2011 when UTC appointed Lufthansa Technik a licensed 787 MRO provider. Then in November 2013 the two companies expanded their long-term agreement with a rotable-provisioning and MRO service agreement for UTC-manufactured nacelle components. That agreement covers nacelles on GE and Rolls-Royce engines.
DUBAI — Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) is constructing a 12-bay hangar scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016 that will provide the capacity the MRO needs to grow its third-party maintenance business.
By 2017 or 2018, the MRO in Jeddah is hoping to achieve revenue increases of 40% as it sells its services to Middle East and North Africa civil operators, says Ribhi Al-Husseini, director of technical sales and marketing.
Singapore is synonymous with MRO in the Asia-Pacific region, but the fast-paced growth of Asia-Pacific airlines is drawing local and global companies to establish aftermarket support entities in Indonesia and Malaysia as well.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras and Trip Linhas Aereas could complete the final step of their merger by the end of February, with March 31 being “the worst case” date, according to Evandro Braga de Oliveira, Azul’s technical director.
“Flying the Feathered Edge”, Kim Furst’s new 90-minute documentary about the nearly seven decade aviation career of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, was privately shown Tuesday afternoon to a group of 80 guests at the Skyscape Theater at the EAA Museum....More