National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia has signed a five-year contract with Lufthansa Technik for total component support (TCS) for up to 40 aircraft. The agreement includes services for several executive jets based on single-aisle airliners. Moreover, both Lufthansa Technik and NAS Group are evaluating opportunities to cooperate in aircraft maintenance.
Aviation International News » January 2009
Rolls-Royce announced NetJets Middle East, owned and operated by National Air Service, has signed up six Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft for CorporateCare, the company’s engine maintenance and management program. The aircraft are three Tay 611-8-powered Gulfstream GIVs and three Gulfstream G450s powered by Tay 611-8C engines.
Cedar Jet Center on Beirut’s Hariri International Airport has begun offering aircraft maintenance in a newly dedicated hangar in partnership with Masco, one
of two authorized service providers in Lebanon.
The EASA-approved facility has already completed Airbus Corporate Jetliner major overhaul checks. The company also offers line maintenance for aircraft all the way down to the Eclipse 500 very light jet.
The November 20 issue of the Daily News & Analysis of Mumbai, India, reports Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) institutes might shut down across the country, a move that has nothing to do with global economics.
WestWind Technologies has broken ground on the Huntsville Aircraft Modification and Integration Center at the Huntsville International Airport. The center will also offer full maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities for military, commercial and business aircraft.
Australia’s Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, Jacinta Allan, officially launched the Kangan Batman TAFE Aviation Industry Training Centre’s (AITC) Skilling for Aviation project last November by announcing the purchase of a Boeing 737 as a dedicated training tool.
Nine contracts worth more than $630 million were awarded to MTU Maintenance last November. “The deals we made again demonstrate that amid a difficult economic environment, MTU remains competitive and well positioned,” commented Egon Behle, CEO of MTU Aero Engines. The agreements signed in part are long-term, up to 10-year arrangements covering V2500, CF6 and PW2000 engines. They come mostly from the U.S. and Europe.
Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines has settled quite comfortably into the niche it began carving for itself two years ago, when CEO Robert Deluce finally realized his dream of reopening Toronto City Centre Airport to scheduled airline traffic. Today, Deluce oversees a fleet of eight Bombardier Q400 turboprops flying to seven destinations within a 500-nm radius of the island airport.
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group reached a settlement with the former controlling shareholder of Aloha Airlines that Mesa hopes will allow it to rename its Go! subsidiary Aloha. Under the deal, Mesa has agreed to pay private-equity firm Yucaipa $2 million in cash, issue shares of Mesa common stock equal to 10 percent of its currently outstanding shares and provide former Aloha Airlines employees certain inter-island travel benefits.
Australia’s SkyAirWorld has agreed to help the government of East Timor to establish a new national carrier called Timor Air with an Embraer E190. The new airline plans to launch operations next month from the East Timorese capital Dili and fly direct to Darwin, Australia and Bali. Under the terms of the agreement, SkyAirWorld will provide management support and begin training cabin crew and other employees this month.