MRO

Skyports, Robotic Skies partnership signals shift in drone MRO space

Drone delivery Skyports has made another move toward pushing drones into the mainstream by partnering with Robotic Skies, an unmanned aircraft service and maintenance provider, after conducting successful beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) trials in rural Scotland. While both companies are startups, Skyports has raised more than 6 million pounds ($7.8 million) over two rounds of funding, and […]

IAI looks to add European conversion site

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is exploring the possibility of adding conversion lines at the Aviatic MRO facility at Siauliai International Airport (SQQ) in Lithuania. The Aviatic MRO facility occupies an area of 471 hectares at SQQ, which is located in northern Lithuania. The facility is operational 24/7, has no noise restrictions, and is capable of […]

West Atlantic UK extends 737F MRO deal with KLM UK Engineering

Cargo carrier West Atlantic UK and KLM UK Engineering, the wholly owned MRO subsidiary of KLM Engineering & Maintenance, have agreed to extend their airframe maintenance contract. The two companies first entered into the maintenance deal at the end of 2017, taking effect in January 2018. Under the contract, KLM UK Engineering will carry out heavy maintenance […]

China Cargo signs 747F MRO contract with LHT

Shanghai-based China Cargo Airlines has signed a five-year MRO contract with Lufthansa Technik (LHT). According to a post on social media, this is the company’s first major contract with China Cargo and covers the carrier’s three 747-400Fs. The contract is for LHT’s Total Component Support service, which includes component overhaul and engineering services, and allows the […]

Cathay Pacific signs 747-400ERF engine maintenance deal

In a sign that the Hong Kong-based carrier intends to continue operating its fleet of six 747-400ERF for at least a few more years, Cathay Pacific and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. (MHIAEL) signed a five-year contract under which MHIAEL will provide engine MRO services for Cathay’s 747-400ERFs. The engines covered under the exclusive […]

Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow adds 777 maintenance capability

The MRO arm of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group, Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM), has obtained approval from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to carry out maintenance work on Bermuda-registered 777 aircraft. Although none of Volga-Dnepr’s affiliate carriers currently operate the 777 platform, this is expected to change following a 2018 LOI between Boeing and CargoLogicHolding for the purchase of up to twenty-nine 777Fs.  For the time […]

Who’s who in freighter conversions part I: the next generation and beyond

Last year, the conversion industry finally pushed forward the next generation of conversions with the redelivery of the first freighter-converted next-generation (NG) narrowbody aircraft – Alaska Airlines’ 737-700BDSF converted by Bedek Aviation Group. Boeing aircraft weren’t the only airframe types to find new life as freighters among the next generation, either, as a year ago […]
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