LHT to Provide Component Support for Smartavia’s Latest Aircraft

The Russian airline Smartavia and Lufthansa Technik have signed a multi-year agreement covering extensive component services (Total Component Support – TCS). This new contract is to supply component support for Smartavia’s latest fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft over a period of six years. Service has started in May 2021, the contract includes up to ten aircraft that Smartavia currently plans to operate. 

“We are happy to have secured the support of Lufthansa Technik for maintaining the components of our latest fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft,” said Sergey Savostin, general director of Smartavia. “In particular, Lufthansa Technik’s cooperation with Woodward and FADEC as the main manufacturers of engine-related components for the LEAP-engines has convinced us that this contract will ensure the operational stability of the new aircraft.” 
 
Stanislav Mitin, corporate key account manager Russia & CIS of Lufthansa Technik, added: “We are proud to continue our partnership with Smartavia by extending our component support to their latest aircraft fleet. Lufthansa Technik has gained experience on maintaining the Airbus A320neo aircraft right from the start of operations, and we are happy to share our knowledge with our Russian partner.”  
 
With this Total Component Support agreement, the carrier benefits from an individual supply concept that enables short and fast transport routes. The services covered by the contract are customized to fulfill the requirements of Smartavia. A pool of homebase stock for the Airbus A320neo fleet has been set up at Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg. Comprehensive logistics support by Lufthansa Technik offers Smartavia different flexible options that are particularly useful as long as the coronavirus-pandemic still affects air transport. 
 
Lufthansa Technik already provides component support to Smartavia’s fleet of Boeing 737NG aircraft. In 2020, Lufthansa Technik has also concluded an agreement for engine services with the Russian carrier. 

Collins Aerospace Invests $30M to Expand Global Repair Facility in Monroe, N.C.

Collins Aerospace has completed an approximately $30 million expansion of its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Monroe, North Carolina.

Opened in 2004, Collins‘ Monroe facility focuses on repairs to a number of commercial and military aircraft systems, including actuation, cargo, rescue hoists and winches, landing gear, air management, potable water and lighting, along with 24/7 aircraft-on-ground spare services. The recent expansion increased the site’s footprint more than 25 percent, including a new two-story office building, added shop floor space and an enlarged loading dock.

“The ongoing growth of our Monroe facility represents our commitment to our customers and the community,“ said Mary DeStaffan, general manager of the Monroe site for Collins Aerospace. “This current expansion will allow us to better support our airline customers as they transition their fleets to more modern, next-generation aircraft. And we’re proud to undertake this journey with support from Union County and the City of Monroe as we continue to contribute to the region‘s growing aerospace cluster.”

In addition to its recent Monroe expansion, Collins is deliberating plans to invest another $30 million over the next three years to increase additive manufacturing and rescue hoist and winch repair capabilities. The company’s decision to further grow its operations is contingent on approval by both the Monroe City Council and Union County Board of Commissioners of a new economic development program recently introduced by both entities. The new MAGNET100 program is intended to encourage continued capital investment by companies over a 10-year period. To qualify, companies must meet investment thresholds of $30 million in the first three years and $50 million in the first seven years. The grant recognizes capital investment up to $100 million.

“Collins Aerospace is one of the crown jewels of North Carolina’s aerospace industry, which is among the fastest-growing in the U.S.,” said Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “That Collins Aerospace continues to deepen its footprint in our state with ongoing investment is a strong validation of our business climate and attractiveness to aerospace and aviation companies.”

“In 2004, Collins Aerospace located operations in Monroe, helping to create North Carolina’s largest geographic cluster of aerospace companies,” said Chris Platé, executive director for Monroe-Union County Economic Development. “The company’s desire for sustained investment in our community further demonstrates the strength of Union County’s aerospace cluster and the commitment our local leaders have to support its continued growth.”

AEM Receives Techtest Repair Center Approval

AEM Limited, a division of AMETEK MRO, announced it has signed an agreement with Techtest Limited, an HR Smith Group company. The agreement will see AEM become an authorized repair center for Techtest products.

Under the agreement, AEM will test, recode, and repair Techtest emergency locator transmitters, which are fitted to various manufacturers’ life rafts. As an authorized repair center, AEM will have access to Techtest maintenance documentation, technical support, and spares purchasing.

“We are excited to establish a successful relationship between Techtest and AEM. The approval underpins AEM’s position as a leading MRO provider in safety equipment and means we can offer enhanced customer support,” said Andy Wheeler, AEM’s divisional vice president and managing director.

Jake Ford, head of Global Sales and Marketing for Techtest said, “We are pleased to establish this repair and service agreement with AEM, who will provide excellent support to the growing user base of our market leading PLBs and ELTs.”

AEM Limited Achieves JOSCAR Accreditation

AEM Limited, a business unit of AMETEK MRO, has successfully renewed its JOSCAR accreditation. JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defense, and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information. Using JOSCAR can determine if a supplier is fit for business.

“We are thrilled that AEM has once again satisfied the requirements to become fully compliant on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register,” said Andy Wheeler, Divisional Vice President and Managing Director of AEM. “The accreditation is a testament to our commitment in the aerospace, defense, and security industries.”

AEM has been Europe’s leading independent overhaul and repair facility for over 60 years. The company has built a solid reputation in the aerospace industry, providing a broad range of services to international and regional airlines, helicopter operators, airframe manufacturers and military organizations. Conducting business from three sites in the United Kingdom, AEM is proud to receive the accreditation, which shows the company has gone through the process required to demonstrate its commitment and credentials to the industry.

ExxonMobil Selected as Exclusive Lubricants Supplier for Avelo Airlines

ExxonMobil will be the sole aviation lubricants supplier for Avelo Airlines’ growing fleet. Avelo, the first new mainline U.S. carrier to launch in nearly 15 years, selected ExxonMobil based on trust in the company’s products and legacy in the aviation industry, the two companies said.

Avelo is currently using Mobil Jet Oil II across its fleet of single-class 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft and is in the process of converting to Mobil HyJet V and Mobilgrease 33. Poised for rapid growth, Avelo needed a lubricant supplier that could scale with its fleet.

“We chose ExxonMobil as our lubricants partner because their experience and reputation in the aviation industry is unmatched,” said Greg Baden, COO, Avelo. “ExxonMobil shares our commitment to excellence, helping us Inspire Travel through everyday low fares. As a trusted brand, we are confident that ExxonMobil can support our needs today and grow with us tomorrow.”

The ExxonMobil suite of aviation lubricants has a long history of strong performance in various aircraft and engines which made Avelo confident in its selection. 

  • Mobil Jet Oil II is a high-performance, synthetic aircraft-type gas turbine lubricant formulated for reliable performance. With more than five decades of flight experience, it has accrued over 5 billion hours of on-wing performance.
  • Mobil HyJet V is a high-performance Type V phosphate ester hydraulic fluid used by major airlines for optimal reliability in high pressure systems. It has logged more than 10 million in-service hours since its introduction.
  • Mobilgrease 33 is a high-performance, multipurpose airframe grease providing superior performance and hydrolytic stability, excellent resistance to thermal and oxidative degradation and exceptional wear protection. 

“ExxonMobil has been a technology leader since 1903, with aviators and engineers relying on our expertise to push the boundaries of flight. From supporting the Wright Brothers’ first flight to now being the exclusive lubricants supplier for Avelo, we remain committed to providing innovative aviation lubricant solutions to address customers’ evolving needs,” said Ali Bakr, ExxonMobil Global Aviation Lubricants sales director. “We’re excited to continue to make history with Avelo, supporting them as they work to Inspire Travel.”

GROB Systems Introduces New G550 5-axis Universal Machining Center

GROB Systems recently announced the availability of its new G550 5-axis Universal Machining Center, featuring a milling concept they say “guarantees the best milling technology and extremely stable and precise cutting of practically all materials.”

The G550’s machine concept includes a horizontal spindle position that permits the longest possible Z-travel path and optimum chip fall. The arrangement of the three linear axes offers maximum stability by minimizing the distance between the guides and the machining point (TCP). The G550’s tunnel concept allows the largest possible component to be swiveled and machined within the work area without collision – even with extremely long tools. Three linear and two rotary axes permit 5-sided machining, as well as 5-axis simultaneous interpolation, with a swivel range of 230 degrees in the A-axis and 360 degrees in the B-axis.

The G550 is controlled by the powerful GROB4Pilot machine control panel, which offers a multi-functional user interface that provides machine operators with a convenient working environment. The entire production process is digitally mapped on the control panel, from the CAD model through to the NC simulation.

The G550 is available with a variety of powerful tilting rotary table versions with the latest torque motor technology and optimized dynamics. Users can choose between models with T-slots arranged in parallel (standard) or optional pallet clamping system.

A broad range of spindles are offered, ranging from 6,000 to 30,000 (rpm) and 47 to 575 (Nm). The GROB motorized spindle with cross-feed allows complex internal and external contours to be manufactured with controllable tools. It offers convincing system rigidity, high cutting speeds for machining contours, and low tool costs. The GROB chip-in-spindle detection system (SiS) detects tool clamping faults, optimizing the machining process and avoiding damage. Additional single and double disk type tool magazines are available for the G550, providing fast chip-to-chip times, a smaller space requirement and optimized accessibility.

Available automation options include linear and rotary pallet storage systems as well as a pallet changer system. GROB software solutions are available to optimize and analyze the machine kinematics of the G550 and minimize deviations down to the finest detail.

Pratt & Whitney Opens New Facility Dedicated to Ceramic Matrix Composites

Pratt & Whitney has opened a ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) engineering & development facility in Carlsbad, California. The new 60,000 square-foot facility is an integrated engineering, development and low-rate production facility solely dedicated to CMCs for aerospace applications.

“Pratt & Whitney has been leading the industry with the world’s quietest, greenest, most efficient and highest performance engines in the world. We’ve achieved this by pioneering new materials, aerodynamics and engine architectures,” said Frank Preli, vice president of Propulsion & Materials Technology at Pratt & Whitney. “Some of our best and brightest minds are innovating within this facility and they will ensure that we continue to operate on the cutting edge of aviation technology for decades to come.”

Ceramic matrix composites are a class of material made of ceramic fibers embedded within a ceramic matrix. CMC materials are lightweight and can be used to manufacture engine parts that are one-third the weight of traditional metallic parts. The temperature capability of CMC parts is several hundred degrees higher than state-of-the-art superalloy parts. This translates into a significant improvement in fuel efficiency as well as weight savings, with the added benefit of reduced emissions and carbon footprint.

“Our revolutionary Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines already deliver up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency, 50 percent lower regulated emissions and a 75 percent reduction in noise footprint for our customers. CMC parts will allow us to do even more, by building upon the industry-leading benefits in efficiency and sustainability that the GTF engine already delivers.” said Preli.

“We are excited to bring our legacy of innovation and more than 60 new jobs to southern California,” Preli added.

Lorin YouTube Channel Features Engaging and Educational Anodized Aluminum Videos

Lorin Industries is highlighting its YouTube channel, which features educational and engaging videos about anodized aluminum products, technology, applications, and more.

“Lorin is not just an industry leader for high-quality anodized aluminum technology. We’re also dedicated to providing valuable education to the market about how anodizing protects and adds beauty to aluminum products, what applications see the greatest benefits from anodized aluminum, and how different products can serve different needs,” said Steven Soderberg, Corporate Marketing manager, at Lorin Industries. “This YouTube channel serves those educational purposes. Videos help to make the technology and products come alive.”

The video offerings, which are added to regularly, currently include information about Lorin’s unique AnoGrip and Adhere products for transportation applications, as well as perforated aluminum products for construction and architectural projects. Other videos include a highlight of the trend for weathered-looking materials, a project case study, and a video about Lorin as a company.

Turkish Technic Evaluates Investment Opportunities with Eye Toward Asia-Pacific Strategic Expansion

Following its investments at Istanbul Airport, global aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, Turkish Technic, says they are starting to evaluate investment opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region that are aligned with its international expansion strategy.

The Asia-Pacific, the rising region of the world’s aviation, is expected to have the largest aircraft fleet in the world in the near future with its exponential fleet growth rate, offers a wide customer portfolio for the MRO market. Aiming to become an active player in this developing market, Turkish Technic has started evaluating its investment activities in line with its growth strategies, building new cooperation and partnership after long-term market research in the Asia-Pacific region.

Having the most competent and state-of-the art aircraft maintenance facilities in the Europe and Middle East regions, Turkish Technic says it aspires to expand its nearly one hundred years of experience in the aircraft maintenance and repair market to this region with its investments in Malaysia, one of the most important centers of the Asia Pacific region.

Contining evaluation of investment opportunities to achieve its farther targets, Turkish Technic has signed an agreement with Sapura Technics, an aircraft maintenance and repair companies in Malaysia and a subsidiary of Sapura Resources Berhad, at a meeting held in Istanbul on 12 July 2021 with the attendance of the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

“Without a doubt, aviation and MRO sector are one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic. As Turkish Technic, during these challenging times, we aim to distinguish ourselves from the competition in a positive way by increasing our capabilities, expanding our customer portfolio, and continuing our investment and growth efforts without cutting pace,” Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, İlker Aycı said. “Therefore, we aspire to expand our investments in the Asia-Pacific region, which is the fastest developing region in the world and is expected to have the highest fleet ratio in the near future. We believe that these investments will be of great importance for our company and our country’ civil aviation. We are continuously evaluating the investment opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. This project, which is due to be realized, is of great importance in terms of achieving our company’s goals of increasing its market share in the global MRO market.”

BBAM Orders 12 Additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM) today announced that the lessor is expanding its 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter fleet with 12 additional firm orders. The agreement brings BBAM’s 737-800BCF orders and commitments to 31 as e-commerce and express cargo markets continue to drive strong customer demand for freighters.

BBAM will be the first customer to have a 737-800BCF converted at Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA), a Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider. In May, Boeing announced it would open two conversion lines at COOPESA in 2022.

“The Boeing Converted Freighter program is extending the life and enhancing the value of the 737-800s in our fleet,” said Steve Zissis, president and CEO of BBAM. “We are growing our Boeing order book to meet the strong demand we see worldwide for narrowbody freighters, and we are proud to be the launch customer for the conversion lines at COOPESA.”

In a separate deal announced in January, BBAM placed six firm orders and six options for the 737-800BCF.

“This most recent order underscores the continued strong demand for our market-leading freighter, and we are honored by BBAM’s continued confidence in Boeing,” said Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing freighter conversions.

Boeing has won more than 200 737-800BCF orders and commitments from 16 customers.

BBAM is the world’s largest dedicated manager of investments in leased commercial jet aircraft providing over 200 airline customers in more than 50 countries.