MRO News Briefs, August 1-7, 2021

ST Engineering Wins CFM56-7B MRO Contracts
ST Engineering secured two CFM56-7B engine MRO contracts. The first is an exclusive five-year contract with Alaska Airlines, under which it will provide engine heavy maintenance starting from 2022 for the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-700/-900 aircraft from its facilities in Singapore. It has also signed an engine heavy maintenance services contract with an unnamed Asian airline, under which it will provide services from its facilities in Xiamen, China.

Thai Air Asia X Picks HAECO Hong Kong
HAECO has announced that Thai Air Asia X has appointed HAECO Hong Kong as its MRO partner. It will provide ramp equipment services and technical assistance, including mechanics support, routine transit handling and defect rectifications for the airline’s Airbus A330 and A330neo fleet.

Air Europa Digitalizes Maintenance Operations
Air Europe Lineas Aereas has implemented TRAX eMRO and eMobility aviation maintenance software. According to TRAX, Air Europa is now the first Spanish airline to have its entire maintenance management system digitalized.

Viking Renews Landing Gear Agreement with Antavia Ametek
Viking Air Limited has renewed its comprehensive landing gear maintenance support agreement with Antavia Ametek MRO for an additional three years. Under the agreement, Antavia will serve as a factory endorsed component center and official repair station to support Canadair CL215/CL215T/415/415EAF aircraft.

SR Technics Malaysia Picks Ultramain MRO Software
SR Technics Malaysia has selected Ultramain MRO software to perform paperless maintenance execution across its seven component overhaul lines. It will use the software to digitally sign electronic task cards and gain real-time visibility of component repair processes.

KLM Reports Reduced MRO Revenues
In its financial results for the second quarter of 2021, KLM reported that its maintenance division had been impacted by delayed pandemic recovery. It says its revenues from third-party contracts were down 49% to €225 million (approximately $267 million).

LHT Begins 2021 Apprenticeship Cohort
Lufthansa Technik has begun training for 126 new apprentices across its aviation maintenance, engineering and logistics businesses. The number is down from the 240 new apprentices it welcomed in 2020, which LHT attributes to the COVID-19 driven global aviation downturn.

GECAS Adds More 737-800BCFs
GECAS has contracted to add six 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) to its in-service fleet, which brings its fleet of 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversions in operation to more than 40. Two of the 737-800BCFs will be leased to Russian cargo airline ATRAN and the other four will go to undisclosed operators.

LHT Philippines Testing Mainblades Drones
Lufthansa Technik Philippines has partnered with aircraft drone inspection provider Mainblades to test the use of its technology on various aircraft, including the Airbus A320 family, A330, A350 and potentially the A380 and Boeing 777. Mainblades says the partnership is its first in the Asia-Pacific region and the goal is to ultimately implement the technology in LHT Philippines’ Manila hangar.

VD Gulf Signs Nile Air Maintenance Agreement
Volga-Dnepr Gulf (VD Gulf) has signed a new agreement with Nile Air for the provision of heavy maintenance services. The Egyptian carrier has already delivered its first Airbus A320 included under the agreement to VD Gulf’s base at Sharjah Airport.