MRO News Briefs, Sept. 11-17, 2022

Smartwings Signs Component Support Agreement
Czech airline Smartwings has signed a five-year comprehensive Total Component Support contract with Lufthansa Technik covering repair and overhaul of components for the airline’s fleet of 30 Boeing 737NG aircraft. The agreement includes component MRO services, pool access and component delivery to selected international airports within Europe. 

Magnetic Migrates To OASES
Magnetic Engineering has completed its migration to Commsoft’s OASES engineering and maintenance software system. It decided to implement OASES to improve the efficiency of its CAMO and technical services, and the system is currently used to support all CAMO services for its Australian customers, as well as several global technical services projects.

AMP Aero Wins Air Arabia Engine Agreement
Air Arabia has awarded AMP Aero a three-year CFM56-5B and -7B engine material consignment agreement. According to AMP Aero, a key factor in the agreement was its demonstrated performance with other Airbus A320 operators in the Middle East region. 

Southwest Reaches Tentative AMFA Agreement
Southwest Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, which represents its aircraft appearance technicians, who clean aircraft and parts as well as maintenance equipment and facilities. The agreement includes increases to technician pay and AMFA says it will soon start the process of a ratification vote.

Avensis Aviation Gets Cargo Mod STC
Avensis Aviation has received a permanent supplemental type certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency for its Medius Airbus A330 cargo modification program. TAP Maintenance & Engineering performed the first conversion and modification, which was delivered to launch customer TAP Air Cargo.

Austrian Technik Hires New Mechatronics Apprentices
Austrian Technik has welcomed 13 new mechatronics apprentices, two of which will be trained in cooperation with Austrian nonprofit Jugend am Werk. Austrian Airlines currently employs 32 mechatronics apprentices, which receive theoretical and practical training in specialist workshops and aircraft maintenance.

Vallair Acquires A321 Aircraft For Disassembly
Vallair has acquired an Airbus A321 aircraft for imminent part-out. The aircraft was previously operated by AtlasGlobal. The airframe will be fully disassembled at Vallair’s facility in Montpellier, France. The company says that parts taken off the aircraft will be available for sale in the last quarter of 2022.

Constant Aviation Bolsters AOG Capabilities, Workforce
Constant Aviation has added a Philadelphia-based AOG mobile response group for servicing aircraft in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. It added a Salt Lake City-based station earlier this year and now operates 28 AOG teams nationally. It also added new signing bonuses to its maintenance technician apprenticeship program, increased technician pay by 10% and added increased benefits to boost recruitment and retention.

GATES Inducts New Trainee Class Into Engine Mechanic Program
GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES) has inducted the seventh cohort into its aircraft engine trainee program. The paid six-month program enables trainees to acquire knowledge and skills on the aircraft engines maintained and overhauled by the company. After the successful completion of the program, trainees will be offered a permanent position as an engine mechanic at GATES.

A-Technics Receives A320neo Approval 
A-Technics has received a maintenance approval from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency for A320neo aircraft. The company will conduct base maintenance services at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and line maintenance services at both Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and Sochi.