Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com

Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com
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Dublin Aerospace Adds A330 MRO 

WASHINGTON—Dublin Aerospace added Airbus A330 base maintenance to its portfolio in response to leasing companies and airline customers who also operate A320s and want a single place to service both aircraft. Some of its customers who operate A330s include Aer Lingus, AerCap, BBAM, Gecas, Hi Fly, I-Fly and Flynas.

The MRO, launched in 2009 after taking over most of SR Technics’ operation that closed at Dublin International Airport, also provides base maintenance, auxiliary power unit and landing-gear services for Boeing 737 and A320 aircraft.

Pratt Streamlines Aftermarket Organization, Targets 20% TAT Cut 

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) is solidifying its service foundation by streamlining its aftermarket organization  of 13 repair facilities and 6,000 professionals into one de facto business that melds 24 profit-and-loss centers into a single, unified bottom line.  

Matthew Bromberg, P&W’s aftermarket president, says aligning the aftermarket in this manner is “good for operators because it clears any internal transferring that has occurred and focuses everyone on delivering high-speed, high-quality and high-value services.”

AJW Technique Expanding Repair Capabilities In June 

AJW Technique plans to have component repair and overhaul capability for at least 550 part numbers by June, with nearly 400 more targeted to be ready by October. Capabilities will cover avionics and instruments; fuel, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems, and electrical and generator components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. With this number of stock-keeping units, the company—which only officially opened in early April—plans to process more than 25,000 repair units, covering 80% of component and powerplant ATA chapters per year.

Aeroman Plans Fifth Hangar, Considers Third Aircraft Type 
ATLANTA - Aeroman, one of the most successful maintenance facilities in Central America, plans to start building a fifth hangar by the end of the year to keep up with its “paced growth plans,” says CEO Ernesto Ruiz. (Photo: Aeroman)
Fleet Retirements Heavily $56 Billion MRO Market
Engine maintenance expenditures represent about 40% of market
Gulf Technics Considers Expansion 
Gulf Technics is considering component repair to supplement its multi-million-dollar spares inventory.
AAR To Expand Duluth Maintenance Operations 
AAR plans to add a second line of aircraft maintenance services at its Duluth, Minn., facility in February, about two months after starting operations in the city.
Alafco Wants More Narrowbodies, Packaged MRO 
Kuwaiti lessor Alafco intends to add 15 narrowbody aircraft to its fleet in 2013-16 through sale and leaseback agreements, says Chairman Ahmad Alzabin.
Qatar Airways Awards Paint Contract 
Qatar Airways has selected Eirtech Aviation Ireland to paint 10 Airbus A330 and 12 A320 family aircraft.
Arab Carriers See Savings From MRO Collaboration
Expect to save $150m over next four years from collaboration.
AJ Walter Gains Funds To Expand Inventory
Expect AJ Walter Aviation to purchase more next-Gen aircraft and engines with the $125 million credit facility it just secured from CIT Aerospace & Defense Finance. (Photo: Boeing)
ST Aerospace Reviewing Future of Panama MRO 

ST Aerospace’s is reviewing its narrowbody maintenance facility in Panama, which is recording the lowest demand among the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider’s global facilities, says President Chang Cheow Teck.

The MRO opened the Panama facility in 2007 to take advantage of lower labor costs in the region and access local operators. While ST Aerospace hoped to take advantage of its global network competitors from established MROs—Aeroman in El Salvador and Coopesa in Costa Rica—did not leave much space for a third provider.

Industry Debates Increased OEM Involvement In Aftermarket 

The changing roles of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers (MROs) in the aftermarket are cause for concern to some players, but no one denies an evolution is under way.

Singapore Strategizes To Strengthen Aerospace Industry 
Josephine Teo, minister of state for Singapore, told MRO Asia Conference attendees that Singapore “is building from a position of strength” and to keep it that way, it is embracing three key strategies.
ST Aero Gains Airline Interior Retrofit Projects
ST Aerospace, which is trying to execute more total support packages for maintenance and engineering services, is gaining traction in the interior completion and refurbishment business.
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