Amavco has acquired Field Aviation. Established in 1947 in Calgary, Alberta, Field has facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Seattle and Cincinnati. The company’s products and services include aircraft modification, parts manufacturing, interior modifications and upgrades, avionics service and installation, and aircraft sales and leasing. Field Aviation operates from two Canadian production facilities totaling 150,000 sq ft, and has a U.S. West Coast sales office in Seattle.
Bombardier Customer Services has announced a series of parts-related pricing and service initiatives. The OEM is making permanent its price-matching offer on rotable and consumable parts for its business aircraft customers; it launched the program in April 2011.
Bruce Dickinson, singer for rock group Iron Maiden and a commercial pilot, is opening a 132,000-sq-ft maintenance operation. Cardiff Aviation will be based in an enterprise zone in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Dickinson is targeting the MRO market for aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767. “We’re coming into this enterprise with the knowledge we’ll be bringing business to south Wales. A cautious projection is we expect to create up to a thousand jobs within 18 months based on the level of interest from aircraft manufacturers and operators.”
Aircraft Service International Group (Asig) has signed an exclusive agreement to become GE Aviation’s third-party service provider for ClearCore engine wash systems for commercial and military engines in the U.S. GE Aviation will provide its mobile ClearCore engine wash units to Asig in support of Asig’s service provider agreements with various U.S. airports. The launch of the service will focus on airports in California and Florida then expand to airports in other major U.S. cities.
King Aerospace has been awarded a one-year contract with the U.S. Navy to provide support on the service’s C-9B fleet. It is valued at approximately $11 million. That number could grow to as much as $62 million should the Navy exercise four additional options. Services include contractor logistics support, depot level (D-level) maintenance, on-site material management and logistics support for the C-9B fleet. The C-9B is the military version of the commercial DC-9-30. King Aerospace has facilities in Addison, Texas and Ardmore, Okla.
Jet Support Services brought in Neil Book as co-president and promoted JSSI veteran Susan Marr to co-president. They will share leadership roles delineated by the company’s core areas of operations. Book will be responsible for sales, marketing and technical services operations while Marr will lead the legal, human resources, client services and office services teams. Book joins the company from Juniper Networks, where he was vice president of mobility. Marr has been JSSI’s chief administrative officer and general counsel since 2002.
A plan by American Airlines to increase annual revenues by $1 billion by 2017 centers largely on the ability to add large regional jets to fill a capacity gap between 50 and 140 seats more completely, according to an internal letter outlining the company’s post-bankruptcy business plan sent to all AA managers on May 7.
Hawker Beechcraft received federal bankruptcy court approval on Friday to continue operating during the reorganization process that follows the Wichita OEM’s filing for protection under Chapter 11 the previous day. The court decision will allow HBC to continue paying employees and vendors subsequent to the May 3 bankruptcy filing by allowing it access to $400 million in debtor-in-possession financing that was part of a pre-arranged restructuring.
Demand for charter flights during May appears to be slightly down from last month but is nonetheless above where it was a year ago, according to the latest forecast from online charter portal Avinode. At 123.7, the company’s forward-looking demand index for May 1 is about two points down from last month and nine points above where it was 12 months earlier.
GAMA hailed a bipartisan agreement reached on Friday between Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to end an impasse over the reauthorization of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank.