Menzies Aviation wins contract with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi

By Featured, MRO

Menzies Aviation, the global aviation logistics specialist, has announced that it has won a contract with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to provide a range of ground services at Kuwait International Airport.

This is the first contract with the airline outside of Europe and builds on Menzies’ existing relationship with Wizz Air, which spans across several European cities. As part of the new agreement, Menzies will deliver ramp, passenger, security and ticketing services for seven flights a week for the ultra-low-cost carrier in Kuwait.

Menzies has also secured a new European location with Wizz Air in Nice, where it will provide passenger ramp services for over 1,800 flights per year.

Safran signs NacelleLife™ service contract with Avianca for its Airbus A320neo nacelles fleet

By Featured, MRO

Safran Nacelles has signed a 4-year agreement with Avianca for the support of the nacelles of its Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International* LEAP-1A turbofan engines.

17 A320neo aircraft are already in service, with major plans to rapidly grow the fleet already underway.

As part of this agreement, Avianca will have access to Safran’s shared pool of nacelle items, and the Columbian airline will benefit from guaranteed Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul solutions at the Safran Nacelles repair station in Indianapolis in the US.

Alain Berger, Safran Nacelles’ Executive Vice President – Customer Support & Services, commented: “I am delighted that Avianca is strengthening its trust in Safran Nacelles for their A320neo nacelle fleet, following their first contract announced in 2019. We are fully committed to delivering services that meet Avianca’s needs for their new generation aircraft.”

Albert Pérez, Avianca’s Vice President of Maintenance, said: “We know that punctuality is one of the most relevant attributes for our customers, and our priority at Avianca is to deliver on-time departures. In that sense, this agreement not only ensures the availability of our assets but also enhances our ability to react through Safran Nacelles’ strategic stocking locations. This agreement will also help us to keep our aircraft in flight, where they need to be and without disruptions, while at the same time being more efficient in terms of maintenance.”

Pratt & Whitney adds Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to its GTF MRO Network

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Pratt & Whitney will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to include AFI KLM E&M.

The facility will serve PW1500G engines for the Airbus A220 with full disassembly, assembly and test capability. The announcement was recognised at an in-person signing ceremony at Air France-KLM Group headquarters in Paris.

AFI KLM E&M is the latest engine center to be announced in Europe within the GTF MRO network, alongside MTU Aero Engines and two Lufthansa Technik facilities in Germany; EME AERO in Poland; OGMA in Portugal; and SR Technics in Switzerland.

Its first induction is planned for the first half of 2023, after which AFI KLM E&M’s facility in Paris will be the third facility in the region to provide PW1500G services.

“Today we are excited to welcome AFI KLM E&M to our distinguished network of shops. Their experience as an operator and established MRO provider will be a strong asset in providing world-class maintenance services to the growing GTF fleet,” said Marc Meredith, executive director of GTF Engine Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney.

“We are pleased to join the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network,” said Anne Brachet, executive vice president of Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance. “Adding the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine among our capabilities strengthens our positioning on the next generation of platforms, boots our offerings to customers and furthers the technical expertise of our maintenance teams.”

GTF engines now power over 1,300 aircraft, with 62 operators, across three aircraft families. The company has also welcomed over 10,000 engine orders and commitments from more than 90 customers, and to keep pace with this fleet growth the GTF MRO network continues to expand around the globe.

FL Technics secures new wheels and brakes contract with Wizz Air

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From October, FL Technics will be providing wheels and brakes services for the carriers ever-expanding fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft family.  

This integrated approach will allow FL Technics to maximise the efficiency of its services and contribute to the airlines’ effort in reducing impact on the environment, both by faster turn-around-times and lower flight ranges necessary between the maintenance visits.

Julia Brix, Head of Technical Services for Wizz Air Group, comments: “The airline group has an order book of more than 350 A320 family aircraft and needs tailored services for save and reliable operation. FL Technics’ competitive cost base, operational flexibility and high performance quality gave us the confidence to award the Wheels and Brakes business to FL Technics.”

Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics, pointed out the long-term partnership: “With sustainable business in mind, our teams have been long-term partners now in a number of business areas including line maintenance and base services. Trust gained over the years lead to this new development and cooperation, to further expand synergies between our organizations.”

MRO Europe 2022: Joramco signs new maintenance agreement with flyadeal

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Joramco has signed a maintenance deal with flyadeal for a maintenance contract, enhancing the deal that was made in 2018. 

Under this agreement, Joramco will perform a major structural repair on aircraft from the flyadeal A320neo fleet, which will include Central and Lateral panels, Frame 1, Bulkhead, and aircraft painting.

Joramco’s CEO, Fraser Currie, said: “We at Joramco are pleased to support flyadeal, which has been our customer for the past four years. This latest agreement further reaffirms our capabilities as a reliable and experienced MRO service provider, we are proud to see our clients constantly entrusting us to perform major structural repairs.”

“We look forwards to providing flyadeal with even more high-quality repairs and maintenance services.”

Air Cairo optimises reintroduction of ATR aircraft in Egypt

By Featured, MRO, Regional Turboprops

ATR and Air Cairo have signed a Global Maintenance Agreement at MRO Europe 2022.

Through this 5 year agreement, Air Cairo will benefit from repair, overhaul, and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units for its fleet of ATR-72-600s, which are currently being delivered.

With over 200 weekly flights to 35 international destinations, Air Cairo offers vital connectivity for local communities and tourists.

Mr Hussein Sherif, Chief Executive Officer at Air Cairo, said: “Being profitable in a low-fare environment is a day-to-day challenge, the key of which is not only to have the right aircraft, but also to make the most of them. As we are reintroducing the ATR platform in Egypt after 15 years, we want to ensure we can offer our passengers the most modern, comfortable and reliable experience. Our choice of the aircraft type will assist on the former two points, while the ATR GMA will support our effort to deliver the latter to our passengers.”

David Brigante, Senior Vice-President Customer Support and Services at ATR said: “This contributes to making regional air transport even more reliable, accessible and sustainable. We will be offering Air Cairo our expertise to ensure it can make the most of its ATR fleet, as we well know that even the most efficient aircraft is only valuable when it is flying.”

Fokker Services Group to open new widebody hangar

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Fokker Services Group is now building a widebody hangar in cooperation with Gaptek. 

The work will take around 12-14 weeks to complete, and is designed based on Gaptek’s patented lightweight system. Its aluminium construction also reduces Co2 emissions by up to 21% (compared to a traditional steel structure).

The new building will accommodate aircraft from the Airbus A330, A350, and the Boeing 777. The hangar is part of a larger expansion plan, which will include a second wide-body hangar and extending workshop facilities.

““With this investment we are making a long-term commitment to our colleagues, customers, suppliers and the local community. As the markets for wide-body maintenance and VIP completions continue to grow, this modern hangar extension allows us to support new and existing customers for the years to come,” commented Roland van Dijk, Co-CEO of Fokker Services Group. 

““Since the beginning, one of the most important values for Gaptek is to provide more sustainable and cost efficient solutions,” Tomas Felius founding member and President of Gaptek explained. “This project is an important milestone in the international markets expansion’s for Gaptek.”


FL Technics launches line maintenance facility in Abu Dhabi

By General News, MRO

In a move to support Wizz Air’s expansion and growth in the Middle East, FL Technics has established a dedicated hub to support the carrier’s A320 fleet out of Abu Dhabi. The new location is the second FL Technics line maintenance station in the region, in addition to the currently operated station in Dubai International Airport (DXB).

The low-fare carrier will benefit from global MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) service provider as FL Technics has setup a full-fledged line maintenance package under GCAA certification, including scheduled and on-call maintenance, parts and components supply chain services, as well as management and administration of the projects in-line with UAE regulations and requirements.

Emphasising the move to open a new business in a highly competitive market, Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics, said: “United Arab Emirates has always been perceived as a pinnacle of global aviation, a hub of highest standards and quality, would it be state-led activities, or global business operations.”

“I am excited to see the success of our team, meeting the benchmark of services, and starting dedicated line maintenance entity with GCAA approval in place. I am also glad to see ambitious growth of our long-term partner – Wizz Air – and proud to support it from the very beginning. And I am sure, this is only the start of more strategic projects and developments for FL Technics in the region.”

AJW Group opens new regional support hub in Turkey

By Featured, MRO, People

AJW Group has announced the opening of AJW Turkey, a new regional support hub and office in Istanbul.

The new hub will primarily support AJW Group’s regional customers as a local extension of AJW’s customer support. It will offer access to the inventory of Airbus and Boeing spare parts, as well as nose-to-tail support solutions. It will be led by Umit Caymaz, Managing Director, AJW Turkey.

Caymaz brings over 15 years of aviation experience and will be responsible for the growth and business development activities of AJW Group’s services within the region.

Together with the Group’s network of global offices, the new support hub will create a cohesive service network and further strengthen service capabilities in the region.

Umit Caymaz, Managing Director of AJW Turkey, comments:  

“I am honoured to join the world-leading AJW team and grow the AJW business in Turkey and beyond. My experience in the Used Serviceable Material (USM) market and belief that exemplary customer service is paramount to success means I am confident that the full nose-to-tail service we offer will deliver an enhanced level of customer support locally that exceeds our customers’ expectations and builds the AJW brand presence within the region.”

Christopher Whiteside, Chairman of AJW Group, comments:  

“We are delighted to welcome Umit to AJW and announce the opening of AJW Turkey. Umit brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Turkish and Eurasia aviation markets and exceptional experience in developing and executing regional sales strategies, whilst delivering exemplary customer service.”

Menzies Aviation wins engineering contract with LATAM Airlines

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Menzies Aviation has secured its first engineering contract in Australia with long term customer, LATAM Airlines. The agreement will see Menzies provide a full suite of engineering services to LATAM at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) and Auckland International Airport (AKL).

LATAM will operate up to 7 flights a week in Sydney and 14 flights a week in Auckland and this contract win marks the first piece of engineering business with LATAM across the entire Menzies Aviation network.

Menzies will be expanding engineering services to Queenstown Airport (ZQN) by the end of 2022, and this contract is a significant win as it plans to grow its engineering services throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. 

Alistair Reid, Executive Vice President Oceania, South-East Asia and China – Menzies Aviation said: “We are thrilled to announce our latest contract win with LATAM Airlines. We have built a strong relationship with the airline in Latin America, which has assisted with the growth of the partnership through this extension in Australia and New Zealand. Not only does this contract mark a significant expansion of our services for LATAM but introduces our engineering offering to Australia. This milestone paves the way for the growth of our engineering capability across the region in the coming years.”