Capacity growth at Satair’s aftermarket kitting facility in Hamburg was driven by an upsurge in demand for Airbus cabin upgrades, says the company’s supply chain vice president.

Tim Bothe says that last month’s opening of a second unit adjacent to the first facility established in 2015 would form the basis for “the further industrialization of kitting activities” by the aftermarket parts distributor. The second unit adds an additional 57,000 ft.2 of warehousing to the existing 107,600 ft.2 of the first facility.

Satair hopes to more than double its kit delivery performance to 110,000 kits in 2017, while stock-picking performance will also grow twofold, from one million units this year to two million over the next five years.

HAECO’s First Middle Eastern Vector Client

Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways will be the first Middle East-based airline customer to have HAECO Cabin Solutions’ Vector seating on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

The agreement, announced April 5 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, also makes Jazeera the first airline globally to select Vector seats for the Airbus narrowbody. The carrier, founded in 2005, operates seven A320-200 variants.

Delivery of the first shipset is scheduled for September. HAECO will oversee manufacture of the single-aisle economy seats, along with reconfiguration engineering and obtaining both FAA and EASA approval for their installation through the supplemental type certificate process.

LHT Bullish After Lower 2016 Profit

Lufthansa Technik says it remains committed to investing in new
innovation projects, maintaining ongoing efficiency drives and continuing its internationalization strategy after reporting reduced earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for 2016.

The group’s EBIT amounted to €411.3 million ($444.2 million) in 2016, an 8% reduction on 2015’s €454.4 million. However, sales revenue rose by €45 million, to €5.2 billion. In 2016, its investment in projects and resources increased by 40%, totalling €216 million.

The German MRO reported increased revenues from third-party
customers, which overcompensated for reduced in-house work with the Lufthansa airline group. External business increased by 8% to €3.5 billion, while in-house revenues dropped 11.7%. Lufthansa Technik attributed this to the winding down of a large-scale modification program on the airline’s long-haul fleet. Customer aircraft under contract now exceed 4,100,
a company record.

HAITEC Opens Frankfurt Line Station

German maintenance specialist HAITEC has opened a new line maintenance support station at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport.

The 22,000-m2 (237,000-ft.2) station opened this month, and HAITEC says it will be important in its growth strategy as a base for servicing a number of Boeing and Airbus aircraft types. More than 400 employees will work at the site, with the majority in technical and engineering roles.

The Frankfurt facility, at Germany’s largest airport, takes the number of Hahn line stations to seven. The MRO provider has expanded its services portfolio in the past few years—in 2016, it received EASA Part 147
approval and also offers A320 B1 CFM56 type training courses.


KF AEROSPACE, Canada, was named by Aeronautical Engineers as an authorized freighter conversion center at its facilities in Kelowna, British Columbia and Hamilton, Ontario.


LUFTHANSA TECHNIK has a Qantas contract to provide Cyclean engine-washing at Melbourne for its CFM56-7s (737s); actual work will be carried out by 145 AVIATION SERVICES (Permagard Group), which was commissioned for the process in early 2016.


NORDAM and CHINA AIRLINES signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore establishing a thrust reverser/composites MRO joint venture.


AIRBUS and THAI AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL signed an MOU to explore setting up MRO services at U-Tapao, Bangkok.


AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERS has a VALLAIR contract to convert three 737-400s to 11-pallet freighters in 2017 at COMMERCIAL JET in Dothan, Alabama; the first (MSN 26299, ex-Enter Air) will start this month. ANCRA INTL. will supply the cargo loading system.


LUFTHANSA TECHNIK has a 10-year Cargolux contract to provide GEnx-2B thrust reverser repair/overhaul for its


ROTABLE REPAIRS, UK, extended its wheel and brake support contract with
Titan Airways for another three years.


AAR has a 5-year contract with IndiGo to overhaul up to 49 shipsets of A320 landing gear, plus assemblies and subassemblies.


VOLGA-DNEPR GULF began heavy checks on a 747-400F for its first Turkish airline customer (MyCargo AirlineS), at Sharjah in the UAE.