MRO News Briefs, Jan. 19-25, 2020
Lessor Teams Up With Atitech
Full-service lessor CDB Aviation has agreed to work with Italian MRO provider Atitech in a partnership which will begin with maintenance checks on two Airbus A330-300’s at Atitech’s facility in Naples.
NokScoot Turns To HAECO For 777 Parts Support
HAECO has announced an agreement with NokScoot Airlines to provide inventory technical management support for the Thai carrier’s six Boeing 777 aircraft. The scope of the contract includes access to HAECO’s component pool, parts exchange, repair management, engineering and AOG support.
CDB Aviation and Atitech Enter MRO Agreement
CDB Aviation and Atitech have entered an MRO agreement that will begin with maintenance check work on two of the lessor’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The scheduled maintenance will be performed at Atitech’s MRO facility in Naples, Italy.
Latitude Aero Opening New Seattle Branch
Aircraft seating overhaul provider Latitude Aero has announced plans to open a new location in Burlington, WA starting Feb. 1. The facility, which received FAA certification in December 2019, will service the company’s OEM customer base on the West Coast and enable Latitude to provide maintenance and repair to all of North America. CEO Kelvin Boyette says the company intends to add 10-15 staff members in Burlington and expects the branch to account for 30% of the company’s revenue in 2020.
StandardAero Acquires TRS Ireland
StandardAero has acquired TRS Ireland, a subsidiary of TRS Global Services specializing in engine component repair and manufacturing processes. According to StandardAero, the acquisition will expand its component repair portfolio, with TRS Ireland holding more than 180 OEM approvals/licenses and unique FAA and EASA certifications. Customers of TRS Ireland include GE, MTU, Rolls-Royce and Safran.
Intrepid Aerospace Plans Large Florida MRO Facility
Intrepid Aerospace has announced plans for a more than 340,000 ft.2 MRO facility and paint hangar at Southwest Florida International Airport, in Ft. Myers. According to the MRO, the facility—which will hold up to 11 narrowbodies—will be one of the largest in the state and its paint hangar will be Florida’s only facility able to accommodate large widebody aircraft. Expected to open in 2023, Intrepid says the facility will add several hundred jobs.
Prevent Bill From Becoming Law
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association has established an online action center providing resources and instructions for opposing the U.S. House of Representatives’ Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, H.R. 5119. The webpage is a resource for industry members, policymakers, the media and any other interested party. It outlines the association’s objections to H.R. 5119 and describes ways to support the campaign to prevent the bill from becoming law. The webpage is at www.arsa.org/legislative/hr5119-actioncenter.
Etihad Chooses Comply365
Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Middle East to introduce Comply365 to host technical documentation of its flight operations department. More than 6,000 employees will benefit from the replacement of multiple existing documentation systems with Comply365’s single ProAuthor platform, which will be used to manage and distribute company manuals and all documentation from OEMs.
Airline Safety Analyzed
AirlineRatings.com, an airline safety and product rating website, published its Top 20 Safest Airlines for 2020. The list included Qantas, Air New Zealand, EVA Air, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, TAP Portugal, SAS, Royal Jordanian, Swiss, Finnair, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus and KLM.
Jet Parts Completes Acquisition
Jet Parts Engineering, a PMA parts supplier, has acquired Aero Parts Mart, a Fort Worth, Texas-based engineering design company that provides cost saving solutions through the design, production and distribution of products to the regional segment of the aviation industry.