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Spirit AeroSystems and Malaysia Airlines Berhad to create MRO services for 737NG

At MRO Asia-Pacific in Singapore, Spirit AeroSystems announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) to develop maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Boeing 737 next-generation aircraft.

Under the terms of the agreement, Spirit and MAB will start to jointly work on establishing repair services for nacelle and flight control surfaces to support the airline’s fleet and the planes of other operators before the end of 2022.

“This is an important development as Spirit Aftermarket Services continues to expand service offerings to the important Asia-Pacific market,” said Kailash Krishnaswamy, Senior Vice President of Aftermarket Services for Spirit.

Krishnaswamy said Spirit’s Aftermarket business continues to grow since the 2021 acquisition of select Bombardier maintenance, repair and overhaul operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Casablanca, Morocco; the acquisition of assets from Applied Aerodynamics in Dallas, Texas, USA; and the SEAS joint venture. Spirit’s Aftermarket business revenues have grown from US$186 million in 2019 to US$239.9 million in 2021. Spirit is targeting to grow the aftermarket business to US$500 million in revenue by 2025. (£1.00 = US$ 1.14 at time of publication).

AAR acquires Trax to accelerate digital solutions strategy

Chicago-headquartered AAR CORP. (AAR) has announced its acquisition of Trax Corp. (trax), a leading independent provider of aircraft MRO and fleet management software to accelerate its digital solutions strategy. AAR is a global aerospace and defence aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. It supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments:

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Panasonic Avionics enhances software development capabilities in Pune, India

Panasonic Avionics, a leading supplier of in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC), continues to enhance its global software development capabilities in Pune, India. Panasonic Avionics’ operation in Pune is the latest Panasonic investment in India. Panasonic entered the Indian market in 1972 and since then the company has grown from strength to strength and now

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WestJet Cargo receives certification from Transport Canada for 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

WestJet Cargo has received Transport Canada’s approval and official certification of its four 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF). Following certification, WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group will expeditiously implement three freighters into service, as dedicated aircraft that will fulfil the large-scale needs of businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers across North America. The fourth

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Swissport secures major contract with Sky Airline in Chile

Swissport International, a leading provider of airport ground services and cargo handling, has secured a major contract with Sky Airline, the first low-cost carrier in the Chilean market. Starting from April 2023, Swissport will provide ground services and cargo handling at all 15 airports Sky flies to in Chile. The portfolio includes serving passengers at

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Turkish Technic posts strong financial results for 2022

Turkish Technic has posted its financial results for 2022, which marked successful growth and solid strategic acceleration. The company recorded a 37% growth compared to the previous year with US$1,42 billion in revenue and US$119 million in operational profit and increased its market share to 1.9%, reaching the highest growth rate and revenue in the

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HKIA selects SITA to provide carbon management platform

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has selected SITA to provide a carbon management platform to monitor data on carbon emissions across the airport environment, helping to track key performance indicators as the airport progresses towards its net zero carbon goal. SITA’s carbon management platform, to be fully deployed by summer 2023, will collect and aggregate

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ASI and Etihad Engineering collaborate to expand aircraft maintenance facility

ASI (Aircraft Support Industries), a leading provider of aviation infrastructure solutions, has announced its collaboration with Etihad Engineering to expand the capacity of its aircraft maintenance facility in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Engineering, one of the largest commercial aircraft MRO services providers and the expansion project in partnership with ASI, aims to cater to the increasing

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ASQS further grows presence in Canada with Central Mountain Air partnership

ASQS, a global leader in aviation safety and quality management software, announced its collaboration with Western Canadian Central Mountain Air (CMA), further growing its presence in the Canadian aviation industry. Central Mountain Air, based in Smithers, British Columbia with further bases at Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport, is a privately owned and operated

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Investor group led by Apollo completes acquisition of Atlas Air Worldwide

Atlas Air Worldwide (Atlas) a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services, has released that the investor group led by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo, together with investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company and Hill City Capital, has completed its previously announced acquisition of the company. The company will continue

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Afroport Mauritanie and IATA sign agreement on ground handling safety

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Afroport Mauritanie have signed an agreement to enhance the safety of ground operations in Mauritania with a focus on two critical global standards: IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) and the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). The agreement was signed by Kamil Alawadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice President,

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Recaro Business Class seats take flight on Iberia’s A350 cabin

The Recaro Aircraft Seating (Recaro) CL6720 Business Class seat with doors took flight in Iberia’s A350 cabin on the route from Madrid to Buenos Aires in January. A total of 31 CL6720 seats are outfitted in the A350 business-class cabin. The Premium-Economy and Economy cabins are also fully equipped with the Recaro PL3530 and the

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AAR elects John W. Dietrich to Board of Directors

AAR CORP. has released that John W. Dietrich has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dietrich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (Atlas), a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation services, and serves as the Chairman of the National Defence Transportation Association.  “Mr. Dietrich

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Finnair increases use of sustainable aviation fuel

Finnair is increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of its goal to reduce carbon emissions from flying. Finnair has purchased 750 tonnes of SAF from its partner Neste for use on flights departing from Helsinki Airport. Finnair’s customers are also involved in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from flights: a small part

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