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ABX Air Flies Throwback Livery

ABX Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, unveiled a throwback livery back in September and has been flying it on one of its Boeing 767-200 aircraft. The retro paint scheme was designed to celebrate its 40th anniversary year. The livery features the retro Airborne Express logo and tail colors. The new livery is on aircraft tail N768AX, one of the earliest Boeing 767s acquired by ABX Air. The aircraft was converted to a freighter and given the original Airborne Express livery in 1998. ABX Air has operated the aircraft for over 31,200 flight hours and over 12,500 landing cycles during its years of service. The livery took four days to install. On September 30, 2020, the aircraft made a special stop at the Wilmington Air Park to be the focal point of a celebration for the company’s 40th Anniversary before returning to revenue service in the ABX Air network. Employees were given a commemorative coin and cookies with an image of the Boeing 767 freighter. “ABX…

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BORN TO RUN: HOW ENGINE OEMS AND MROS ARE HELPING OPERATORS THROUGH COVID-19

BORN TO RUN: HOW ENGINE OEMS AND MROS ARE HELPING OPERATORS THROUGH COVID-19

The catastrophic travel slump caused by COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of aircraft being grounded worldwide. This unprecedented situation has substantially disrupted aircraft maintenance and overhauls, including in the critically important engine sector. Mindful of the severe economic challenges their customers continue to face during the pandemic, engine OEMs and…
INSIDER’S GUIDE TO NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND INSPECTIONS

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING AND INSPECTIONS

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MRO INSIDER: THE AMAZON OF BIZ JET PARTS AND SERVICES?

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Back to the (Electric) Future Howard Fuller

Back to the (Electric) Future Howard Fuller

There is an ancient Chinese curse that I’ll paraphrase: “May you live in interesting times.” In aviation right now, we are indeed living in such an era. The airlines are largely grounded and being an A&P Mechanic is not the guarantee of industry respect or lifelong employment it once was.…
European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

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Europe’s maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses have entered uncharted territory in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic severely hobbles the aviation industry with plummeting aircraft capacity and shrinking fleets, experts agree Europe’s MROs will be among the hardest hit globally. The next few years will likely be challenging at best, forcing…

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Glimmers of Hope/Purveyors of Doom by JOY FINNEGAN

United Airlines announced it is adding 25,000 flights back into their schedule in August. JetBlue and American Airlines announced a strategic partnership that they say “will create seamless connectivity for travelers in the Northeast” and more choice. They also hope the relationship will accelerate each airline’s recovery as the travel industry adapts to the new…