Lee Ann Shay

Lee Ann
Chief Editor, MRO,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

As chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Shay directs Aviation Week's coverage of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), including the Aviation Week & Space Technology MRO Edition.
She won the World Leadership Forum’s Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in 2009 (propulsion category) and in 2002 (maintenance category), and has been a finalist in other years.
She holds a B.A. in English and political science from Luther College and an M.A. in nonfiction writing from John Hopkins University.

AAR To Sell Telair Group To TransDigm For $725 Million 
TransDigm is purchasing Telair International, Telair U.S. and Nordisk Aviation Products for $725 million in cash. AAR CEO David Storch expects to close the deal in the next 60 days.
Middle East MRO Market Forecast: $4.6 Billion In 2015  1
The commercial aviation MRO market in the Middle East is growing at a faster rate than the global average, driven by work on widebody aircraft.
Air India MRO Expanding Third-Party Services 
The green field MRO will cater initially to Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aircraft and provide C checks, with major maintenance checks planned for later, according to Rajeev Dandona, assistant general manager the AIESL.
Sanad Expands Portfolio, Holds $950 Million In Assets 
Sanad recently acquired its first GEnx and GP7200 engines, expanding the portfolio which also consists of 10 CFM56-5Bs, six CFM56-7Bs, five GE90s, six Trent 700s and one CF34.
Middle East MRO Market Forecast At $4.6 Billion
The Middle East commercial aviation MRO market is growing at a faster rate than the global average and the majority of expenditures are driven by widebody aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik Considers Doubling Dubai Presence
LHTMES could announce a letter of intent this week for a space that could be ready in a little more than a year, according to Ziad Faisal Al Hazmi, CEO of the Dubai-based company.
Latin America and Middle East Poised for MRO Growth, But Face Challenges 1

Is Latin American MRO ready for growth? The region accounts for 8% of the 27,531 aircraft in the 2014 global fleet and 6% of the MRO value of $62.1 billion—but Jonathan Berger, vice president of ICF International, predicts this MRO market will grow to $5.9 billion by 2024, at 5.2% per annum. 

Sustained Low Fuel Prices Could Harm Profits Longer Term 
Speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO Latin America Conference, ICF International Vice President Jonathan Berger points out fuel typically accounts for about 30% of an airline’s budget.
Aerolineas Argentinas Fleet Renewal Includes More A330s
The carrier operates 69 aircraft, comprised of seven Airbus A340-200/300s, four A330-200s, 36 Boeing 737-700/800s and 22 Embraer 190s.
Top 10 Near-Term MRO Trends For 2015 
We are betting on these near-term MRO trends for 2015.
MRO’s Market Nuances In 2015 
The commercial aviation MRO market value is predicted to be $56.3 billion in 2015.
MRO Around the World
Take a look at some of the news in the world's regions that will influence the civil aviation aftermarket in 2015. That market will be worth about $56.3 billion in 2015, according to an Aviation Week forecast.
Aftermarket Relationships Evolving, JVs Expected to Proliferate 
Relationships between industry companies are evolving as greater importance is placed on asset residual values.
Delta Opens First Line-Maintenance Hangar Outside the U.S. 
Delta Air Lines’ mainline fleet has achieved more than 120 days without a maintenance cancellation and 79 days of 100% completion of mainline operations, a record for which line maintenance plays a big role, according to Lee Gossett, vice president-line maintenance.
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015

Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015

AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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