Italian seat manufacturer Geven and Scotland-based repair specialist Aeropair have signed an agreement for aftersales support of Geven’s seats in the Middle East. Locally, Geven has provided aircraft seats for Air Arabia’s Airbus A320s and business class seats for FlyDubai’s Boeing 737s. An Aeropair parts production and repair facility is located near Al Maktoum International airport here in Dubai. Aeropair is here (Stand 2736) exhibiting Geven’s Piuma Evo economy seat.
This Dubai Airshow marks the last time EADS will exhibit at any major aerospace show before it officially changes its name to the Airbus Group on January 1, 2014. Fittingly, two of the company’s highest-profile Airbus-branded products–the A380 and A400M military airlifter–are participating daily in the show’s flying display, while an Egyptair A330-300 sits on static display and an A350XWB cockpit mockup graces the Airbus stand in the exhibit hall.
While the business aviation world cautiously waits to see if the signs of recovery in the traditional markets of Europe and North America bear fruit, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking elsewhere to satisfy demand for growth. While the Far East and Latin America offer encouragement, it is Africa that offers the best opportunities for increased sales, but the continent also has its own unique set of challenges.
The Middle East is sitting at the end of the air transport rainbow, if Airbus forecasts are to be believed: its share of global traffic will expand faster than that of any other geographical area, increasing by one half in the next 20 years.
Many of the usual suppliers for Dassault’s Falcon aircraft have been selected for the 5X, although Héroux-Devtek will be the landing gear supplier (Messier Dowty provides the 7X gear). The nosegear will have a “dual-chamber, for comfort.”
Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, is providing the electrically started APU (“easy start, all the time”), with Thales AES supplying the new starter-generator system.
Boeing will consider other locations to assemble its new 777X after its machinists union voted down a proposed contract extension that was described as critical to basing work on the new widebody in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
FL Technics Jets has become the first authorized service center for Tronair’s ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS. FL Technics Jets was also appointed an official distributor of Tronair’s GSE products for the entire region. Under the new partnership, FL Technics Jets will be providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services for various lifting, air conditioning, de-icing, hydraulic power, fueling and landing gear equipment as well as other ground handling inventory.
Duncan Aviation has selected Houston-based AV8 MRO as its preferred provider for the repair and overhaul of all Hawker landing gear.
“This agreement allows Duncan Aviation to take advantage of our complete in-house repair and overhaul capabilities, while also giving them the opportunity to offer an overhaul exchange program to their customers,” said Yoel Arnoni, one of the MRO’s principals.
Aerospace Products International of Memphis, Tenn., has acquired the assets of Avionics International Supply (AIS), expanding its distribution product line into avionics and electronics. Headquartered in Denton, Texas, AIS is a wholesale distribution and repair services company with a focus on the procurement and sales of new and used parts and supplies, avionics, electronics, tooling and test equipment, along with other supplementary services and programs to support aircraft repair facilities.
Asset-management firm Victory Park Capital has sold its portfolio company Ascent Aviation Services to New Orleans-based private equity firm LongueVue Capital Partners II. The terms of the deal were not made public.