CFM Benefits from Max Breathing Space

Continuing our look from earlier this week into some of the positive effects of entry-into-service delays, we turn our attention from engine lessors to the OEMs, and CFM in particular.

The grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, for which the CFM LEAP-1B is the sole engine option, might have caused big cash flow headaches for the engine’s manufacturer if Boeing had slowed or halted production.

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The Silver Lining to EIS Problems

The disruption caused by entry-into-service (EIS) delays of new aircraft as well as the teething problems of new-technology engines is rarely out of the headlines.

Airlines have also suffered from MRO bottlenecks for current-generation equipment, and while this does have undesirable knock-on effects, some parts of the aftermarket have experienced a silver lining to the multiplicity of issues outlined above.

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MRO News Briefs, Oct. 6-12

KLM UK Engineering to Provide Heavy MRO to Aurigny Air Services

KLM UK Engineering has signed an airframe maintenance contract with Aurigny Air Services covering heavy maintenance on Embraer 195 aircraft. According to Aurigny Air Services, the MRO will perform service out of its base maintenance facility in Norwich, UK.

Lufthansa Technik Malta Begins A350 MRO

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AAR Testing Drones For Aircraft Inspection In Miami

AAR is starting a one-year trial using a Donecle drone for aircraft inspections at its Miami facility. This follows demonstrations of various drones this spring and is part of AAR’s broader investment in MRO digitization.

Because aircraft inspections by drone are not an approved FAA procedure, AAR will spend the next year performing the task by drone and in parallel, by its current manual process, to gather data.

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Ontic Readies For Brexit

Ontic doesn’t see any Brexit-induced slowdown occurring regardless of any deal or no-deal outcome and believes it is well covered for any eventuality.

According to Matthew Pritchard, UK site director for Ontic's Cheltenham headquarters, the company has contingencies in place with relevant aerospace authorities such as the CAA and EASA to ensure uninterrupted support in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation.

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