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American Airlines grounds planes due to faulty upgrades

American Airlines has told media that it grounded 14 of its 737-800 aircraft over the course of a week as the newly-installed overhead bins weren’t closing properly in two aircraft that had recently been upgraded. “After further inspection by American, the work that was conducted on these two aircraft was…

Southwest Airlines aircraft wings collide

Two Southwest Airlines aircraft had a minor collision at Newark airport (EWR) on March 2 when one aircraft taxied past another and made contact with the tail wing of the parked Southwest aircraft. The aircraft was forced to return to the gate to assess the situation. A total of 140…

Bombardier’s new European mobile response team aircraft enters into service

Bombardier has announced the latest addition to its expanding service and support network – a dedicated Mobile Response Team (MRT) aircraft, based in Frankfurt, Germany. The Challenger 300 aircraft marked its entry-into-service by successfully completing its first mission, providing a European customer with efficient unscheduled maintenance support. The strategically located…

Copa Airlines Selects GE Aviation for Digital Records Management

Copa Airlines has selected GE Aviation’s AirVault Digital Records Management System for its fleet of nearly 100 Boeing 737 and Embraer 190 aircraft. Integration is currently taking place with Copa Airlines cross-fleet maintenance management system. The system enables connectivity between the airline’s maintenance systems, with the capability of capturing the…

Etihad Airways Engineering and Satair sign new MoU

Etihad Airways Engineering, the commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Satair, the aviation spares and solution provider. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Etihad Airways Engineering said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Satair and look forward to…

Boeing and Safran name new APU JV: Initium Aerospace

Boeing and Safran have named their 50-50 joint venture to design, build and service Auxiliary Power Units (APUs): Initium Aerospace. From its Latin roots, initium means ‘the beginning’ or ‘to start.’ This is what an APU is and does when it provides the power to start the main aircraft engines…

Major US airline selects Triumph for MRO work

Triumph Group’s Product Support business unit has been selected by a major US airline to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on heat transfer units for the carrier’s fleet. Under the new arrangement, the Wellington, Kansas based Triumph Accessory Services business will provide heat exchanger maintenance and repair support…

Trent 1000 Package C engine compressor blade new design approved

Rolls-Royce has developed a redesigned intermediate pressure compressor blade which addresses durability issues on Trent 1000 Package C engines. This blade has now been certified by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency. The relevant bulletins were provided to customers by both Rolls-Royce and Boeing in…

Spirit AeroSystems expands Tulsa and Wichita operations

Spirit AeroSystems plans to expand operations at its Tulsa, Okla., site by hiring about 250 employees and investing more than $80 million in capital projects to support fuselage manufacturing and assembly work. The multi-year expansion project, which begins in 2019, was achieved in partnership with the International Union, United Automobile,…

Rolls-Royce celebrates 2000th Trent 700 delivery milestone

Rolls-Royce is celebrating the delivery of the 2,000th Trent 700. Earlier this year Rolls-Royce celebrated the Trent 700 completing its 50 millionth flying hour, the equivalent to flying around the world more than one million times. The Trent 700 was the first member of the Trent engine family and has…