When the Italian government put ailing Alitalia up for sale last winter, Lufthansa was not interested. However, the German group’s Italian regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, is stepping up efforts to hook passengers in northern Italy. The company announced plans to base six new Embraer E195s in Milan to enhance its intra-European flight offerings starting in the first half of next year.
AINmxReports » October 8, 2008
San Diego-based Crownair has acquired RoigWest Maintenance, a turbine aircraft maintenance and support center at Van Nuys Airport, the third busiest general aviation airport in the world, as well as West Coast Jet Services at McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif. West Coast Jet Services will now be known as Crownair Aviation CRQ.
A memorandum of understanding between Jet Aviation and Vnukovo Invest, co-owner of Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, has created a joint venture that will significantly expand Jet Aviation’s Vnukovo aircraft maintenance operation starting next year.
GKN Aerospace has developed a new repair process allowing hot-bonding of composite structure inside an autoclave. Autoclaves are used to manufacture complex composite parts by using heat and pressure to cure the components in a controlled environment. Repairing composite parts in normal atmospheric conditions requires costly specialized materials.
StandardAero last month concluded a shakedown run of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 at the company’s new test cell facility in Maryville, Tenn. The company began work on the $6 million facility in June last year. It is the first test cell dedicated to PW600 repair and overhaul, but the company said it designed the facility to accommodate engines up to 30,000 pounds of thrust.
Following a congressionally ordered probe of outsourced aircraft maintenance by the DOT Inspector General, the FAA and air carriers were put on notice to improve their oversight of the 4,159 domestic and 709 foreign repair stations certified by the FAA to perform maintenance on U.S. aircraft.
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