Lufthansa Technik’s Asia Pacific joint ventures are expanding in line with the region’s air transport growth. Ameco Beijing (Stand No. D78) is due to inaugurate the biggest maintenance hangar in Asia next month, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (Stand No. H65) has opened a second widebody hangar in Manila and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has added new capabilities.
India’s fast-growing Kingfisher Airlines has selected Honeywell to provide 131-9A auxiliary power units for its Airbus A320s, as well as a program for their maintenance. The airline also selected Honeywell to provide the full suite of avionics for its A320, A330 and A340 aircraft.
Boeing has been inundated by requests from business jet operators for information about its Connexion broadband satellite communications system since the widely publicized trial launch of the service in January aboard a Lufthansa 747-400.
European Airlines have announced plans to link Dubai nonstop to Scandinavia and by business-class-only service to the UK and the U.S. Unlikely though it might seem, no UAE carrier currently provides nonstop service to the Nordic region. Now, a European operator has met that challenge from the other end of the route: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) this month launched three-times-weekly flights from the Danish capital Copenhagen to Dubai.
Emirates Airline is on track by year-end to be the first carrier in the world to allow its passengers to make calls using their own mobile phones with the AeroMobile system. Earlier this year, AeroMobile, a joint venture between U.S.-based Arinc and Norway’s Telenor, completed a successful trial of the system with Australian carrier Qantas, and it is now ready for full revenue-service use.
N3 Engine Overhaul Services–a joint venture between Rolls-Royce (Stand W206) and Lufthansa Technik (Stand C518)–opened officially in September. It is the latest in a global network of Trent engine overhaul facilities.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended required main landing-gear checks to cover all variants and weights of Airbus A330/A340 aircraft more than five years old. The new rule requires indefinitely repetitive inspections following last year’s discovery of an unexplained crack in an A330 MLG Rib 6 aft-bearing forward lug.
This week’s spate of large-airliner orders, many confirming previous announcements, continued on Wednesday as Airbus and Boeing unveiled further business. More new deals could be revealed today. For example, International Lease Finance Corp. is talking to Airbus about its unresolved requirement for about 16 A350 XWB aircraft.
Kuwait Airways has renewed a time-and-material engine maintenance contract with Snecma Services covering the CFM56-5C engines on its Airbus A340s. Snecma Services has overhauled more than 50 CFM56-5s for the Kuwaiti flag carrier in the course of a relationship that started more than 10 years ago.
Rolls-Royce has secured another airline for its growing list of TotalCare maintenance contracts, this time with Thai Airways International in a deal covering its Trent 500 engines that power the carrier’s Airbus A340s. The 10-year agreement works on a dollar-fee-per-flying-hour basis. Rolls-Royce says that 80 percent of new Trent orders have included TotalCare deals.