Lufthansa Technik signed a 10-year agreement with Japan Airlines to provide component support for JAL’s new fleet of Boeing 787s. The Germany-based company will support all 35 aircraft currently on order. The contract calls for Lufthansa Technik to provide material support, including repairs and logistics services.
AINmxReports » November 9, 2011
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air have purchased sufficient biofuel from SkyNRG, an aviation biofuels broker, to operate a total of 75 passenger flights using biofuel during the month of November. Beginning today, Alaska Airlines will fly a Boeing 737 between Seattle and Washington, D.C., for a total of 11 trips and Horizon Air will fly a Q400 a total of 64 trips from Seattle to Portland, Ore. The aircraft will be burning a 20-percent blend of sustainable biofuel that “meets rigorous international safety and sustainability standards.”
Orlando Sanford International Airport-based StarPort, a subsidiary of Cambata Aviation International, has promoted Phillip Smith to the position of director of maintenance. Smith will lead the company’s FAA Part 145 repair station. He joined the company in 2001 and has held a variety of key maintenance leadership positions since 2002.
King Aerospace has received certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), allowing the MRO to perform aircraft modifications that comply with certification standards required to operate under EASA registration. King’s Ardmore, Okla.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the Cessna 525C Citation CJ4. An Oct. 6, 2011 Emergency AD (#2011-21-51) required replacing the lithium-ion main aircraft battery with a Ni-Cad or a lead-acid battery.
Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with Air Canada to provide repair and overhaul services to the airline’s entire fleet of Pratt & Whitney PW4060 engines. The flat-rate agreement for time and materials covers Air Canada’s 18 PW4060s and four spares, three of which are already located at Delta TechOps.
To serve a growing base of international customers, Hawker Beechcraft continues to expand its global parts support network with new stocking locations as well as increased inventory, Rob Hood, general manager of inventory logistics and global distribution, told AIN. Current HB parts distribution locations include Dallas and London, with inventory stocking locations in Dubai and Singapore.
Falcon 900 and 2000 operators now have a new tool available to help reduce operating costs and improve dispatch availability. Falcon Dispatch Plus, developed by Dassault in partnership with its factory-authorized service centers, is based on a fleet analysis of more than 900 Falcons. Dassault learned which modifications and improvements are the most effective in reducing costs and downtime then developed a package that combines them.
ACI Jet Solutions has finished construction of a 150,000-sq-ft ramp and 34,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at California’s San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The facility is more than four times the size of the company’s current hangar.
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