AAR’s Duluth repair station has completed its 100th aircraft since it re-opened an abandoned 188,000-sq-ft hangar in November 2012. Today, AAR Aircraft Services Duluth supports three lines of aircraft maintenance and 305 jobs. The Duluth facility is currently dedicated to the single-aisle Airbus fleet, exclusively servicing the A319, A320 and A321. AAR is on track to open a fourth line of maintenance in September, creating another 70 positions.
Airbus A320 family
Fresh off its January contract win for the green completion of an A320 for an undisclosed head of state, Switzerland’s Jet Aviation Basel, with more than 200 custom interiors to its credit, highlighted improvements to its completion processes aimed at delivering jets more quickly. Jet Aviation Basel has been reducing cycle time for its completions through new business practices and investments in production facilities such as enhancing 3-D engineering capabilities and bringing full systems integration to its cabinet shop.
Fokker Services of the Netherlands, emphasizing its green ACJ and BBJ completions, touted the recent delivery to a Chinese customer of “the only A320 that can carry 26 passengers and be operated for commercial use,” said James Aspell, Fokker’s v-p for technical services and aircraft completions and conversions. The completion shows off both the company’s interiors artistry and its approvals agility.
Lufthansa Technik will establish a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Puerto Rico for servicing short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority.
Lufthansa Technik plans to break ground on the new facility within the next three months.
More than simply transportation, a business jet can serve as flying office, airborne home and luxury retreat, its fuselage a blank canvas within which an owner, interior design team and completion specialists can create a “working” work of art. Here at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, attendees can see the results in the stunning interiors of aircraft on static display, and in presentations at the booths of the world’s leading VIP aircraft interior completion and refurbishment specialists.
In keeping with the spirit of Asia’s largest business aviation exposition, Bejing Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco), located at Beijing Capital International Airport, is introducing its “Silk Road” interior design for Airbus A320 ACJs at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai.
Rebuffing descriptions of the CSeries’ sales performance as “sluggish,” Bombardier says it welcomes comparisons between its airplane and those that Boeing and Airbus offer in the 100- to 149-seat market segment. In a recent market analysis, the Canadian airframe maker cites firm order figures for the CSeries of 201 aircraft from 18 customers, compared with 47 from three customers for the Airbus A319neo, 55 from two customers for the Boeing 737-7 Max, and 100 from two customers for the Embraer E190/195 E2.
AAR is acquiring inventory and customer contracts from Sabena Technics Brussels. Responsibilities include power-by-the-hour support for 13 customers, which AAR’s Aviation Supply Chain division will handle from its new facility at Brussels Airport. “The move establishes a rotable pool operation covering the A330, A320 and 737NG for current and future customers,” said John Holmes, group vice president of supply chain for AAR. The 24/7 facility will support AOG and other parts requirements for AAR customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
As CFM International and Pratt & Whitney progress toward the entry into service of their competing engines on the Airbus A320neo, the rival powerplant makers are at odds over which engine will deliver the best performance in terms of turbine temperatures.
Loss-making Kuwait Airways has placed its first order for new aircraft in 20 years with a conversion of a commitment covering 10 A350-900s and 15 A320neos worth some $4.5 billion at list prices. The state-owned airline expects first delivery of the new airplanes in 2019. It now operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340s.