Amyris’s jet biofuel, which is sourced from Brazilian sugar cane, has passed all required testing and will be used during a demonstration flight this month on an Azul Airlines GE CF34-10E-powered Embraer E195. The flight will take place in Brazil on June 19 during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable development.
General Electric CF34
GE Aviation has signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement with SkyWest Airlines to support the 150 CF34-8C5B1 engines that power the airline’s Bombardier CRJ700s. The agreement is valued at more than $360 million over the life of the contract.
According to a GE spokeswoman, OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. “These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets,” she said.
GE Aviation has named Aero-Dienst an authorized service center for the CF34-3, which powers some models in the Bombardier Challenger 600 series. As an authorized service center Aero-Dienst can perform line and engine maintenance, provide warranty support and offer access to both GE parts and technical support. Located in Nuremburg, Germany, the company offers business aviation aircraft maintenance, operations, sales and management.
A J Walter Aviation has signed a three-year consignment agreement with Arizona-based StandardAero. StandardAero benefits from AJW’s inventory of engine material and AJW benefits from StandardAero’s repair capabilities as well as its inventory.
Rick Stine, StandardAero’s senior vice president for components, told AIN AJW focuses on the CFM56, CF6, V2500 and PW4000 whereas StandardAero’s broader offering includes those engines as well as the CF34, LM6000, LM2500 and PW2000.“We also cover all military variants of these same engines types,” he said.
GE has renewed Jet Aviation St. Louis’ status as an authorized service center for the CF34-3, which powers the Bombardier Challenger series. With the GE authorization renewal, Jet Aviation St. Louis continues to perform line maintenance inspections; routine installed engine maintenance, including removal and replacement of engine components; removal and replacement of engines; removal and reinstallation of external engine components; and inspections for time-between-overhaul extensions.
General Electric has named West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill., facility a member of the GE authorized service center network. The West Star facility is capable of servicing and supporting the GE CF34 engine, including related parts and products. The CF34 powers Bombardier’s Challenger jets. West Star’s Grand Junction, Colo., base has been a GE authorized facility for more than six years. West Star East Alton added nine employees recently to expand its Bombardier service program.
GE Aviation and Iberia Maintenance have signed an agreement that will provide Iberia with OEM technical support for its maintenance and repair services on CF34-8C/E engines. The agreement expands Iberia’s current overhaul capability for the CF34 engine and licenses GE’s engine maintenance technology.
Challenger, Global 7000 and Global 8000 operators now have two new engine service options. GE Aviation is offering its OnPoint engine maintenance coverage to Challengers equipped with GE CF34 engines.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways signaled an interest in acquiring Airbus A320neos last week, when the airline’s vice president and corporate controller, Joe Allman, said the airline spent $8 million during this year’s first quarter on a so-called placeholder deposit for the re-engined A320-family jets.
A supply-chain interruption involving Japanese engine parts supplier IHI will force Embraer to delay delivery of at least six E190s to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways. The six E190s on firm order, scheduled for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2011, will arrive some two months late, Republic CEO Bryan Bedford said during a Tuesday conference call.