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October 2011

The Air France KLM Board of Directors has approved the order of 110 longhaul aircraft (50 firm orders and 60 options), although it is still subject to the finalisation of discussions with the manufacturers. As part of the announcement, it was stated that within the framework of this order, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is confirming its commitment to position itself as a key market player for the maintenance of the aircraft and the engines.

The deal is made up of firm orders for 25 A350-900 XWBs and 25 787-9s, and options for 35 A350-900 XWBs and 25 787-9s. The first 787-9 order will enter into service with KLM in 2016 and the first A350-900 with Air France in 2018. Subsequently, both airlines will operate both types of aircraft and by 2024, there will be 43 Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-9s between the two carriers. While the A350-900s will be powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB as it is the only engine available on the aircraft the 787 powerplant will be decided at a later stage.


Lufthansa Technik and Virgin Atlantic Airways have signed an MoU covering the

introduction of a new eight-year contract for C checks and CF6-80 thrust reverser services for the airlines Boeing 747-400 fleet. These contracts are part of current comprehensive negotiations between the two companies to effectively bring together these new agreements within one new general terms agreement (GTA). The new GTA will consist of the thrust reverser services for both the Trent 500 engines of Virgins Airbus A340 fleet and also for the CF6-80 engines of the Boeing 747-400 fleet, plus the C checks for the 13 Boeing 747-400s. The C checks will be performed at Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International in Frankfurt, while the repair and overhaul services for the thrust reversers will be carried out at

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the Airframe Related Component (ARC) business unit in Hamburg. Additionally, the two companies are negotiating the early extension of the current five-year base maintenance contract for the airlines Airbus A340 fleet by a further six years through to 2019. The base maintenance services are carried out at Lufthansa Technik Philippines. Speaking to MRO News Focus at MRO Europe, Phil Maher, Director of Engineering at VAA, said the introduction the Airbus A380 would mean that some 747-400s would be leaving the fleet before the end of the agreement. He also added that at present their replacement was under active consideration.


MNG Technic will convert three Airbus A300-600 passenger aircraft of MNG Airlines into freighter configuration. Work on the first aircraft started in September using the B/E Aerospace STC and conversion kit. The contract is between the airline and B/E Aerospace, with MNG Technic acting as the supplier. The conversion will require the removal of all passenger equipment, major structural reinforcements to the aircraft floor, and fuselage and the installation of an electrically powered main deck large freighter door. The converted freighter aircraft will be capable of transporting a payload of up to 52 tons. MNG Technic will become the first and only MRO in Turkey, and one of only a few

MROs in the world, capable of passenger-tofreighter conversion. It will also be the first and only MRO outside of the OEM to convert A300-600 aircraft with EASA certification.


Lufthansa Technik has signed a 10-year total component support (TCS) contract with Japan Airlines (JAL), which has 35 Boeing 787s on order. Lufthansa Technik will take on the role of providing material support, including repairs and logistics services, from the moment its first aircraft is delivered. Lufthansa Technik will supply its customers with materials from Tokyo, as well as from its existing material locations in Frankfurt and Hamburg.


MTU Maintenance Hannover has succeeded in winning its first GE90 maintenance contracts from Air New Zealand, Southern Air and V Australia, with a combined value of approximately $550 million. The company obtained the MRO license for the new engine type last year. Air New Zealand has been a regular customer of MTU Maintenance for its CF6-80C2 engines since 2007. The newly concluded 12-year deal covers 12 GE90-115B engines powering the airlines five Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Southern Air, an MTU Maintenance customer since 2002, has also concluded an exclusive 12-year maintenance and spare engine support contract covering all present and future GE90-110B engines in the airlines 777 Freighter fleet. Southern Air took delivery of its first two 777 Freighters last year. The company will take delivery of an additional two 777 Freighters in March and April 2012, and is actively looking to add an additional 777 Freighters to its fleet. The two companies also entered into a multi-year agreement under which MTU will provide

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maintenance and spare engine support to Southern Airs CF6-80 engines for the four 747-400s it will be adding to its current fleet of 11 Boeing 747-200s starting next year. MTU expects this partnership will generate at least 150 million ($240 million) in revenues over the lifetime of the agreement. The third airline to become a new customer is V Australia, a subsidiary of Virgin Australia. Under a long-term agreement, the carrier will send its fleet of GE90-115B Growth engines powering its five Boeing 777-300ERs to Hannover for maintenance.


Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and China Aviation Engine Holdings Corporation Ltd (AVIC Engine Holdings) have announced the creation of a new joint venture to be located in Zhuzhou, in the Province of Hunan, Peoples Republic of China. The new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) will be called Zhuzhou Tonghui Aero Engine Maintenance Company (AEMC) and will provide in-country maintenance, repair and

overhaul for civil-certified PT6A and PW100 series engines. AEMC will provide MRO services to civilcertified PT6A and PW100 engines installed on civil turboprop aircraft operating in the Peoples Republic of China and on civil-certified PT6A and PW100 engines installed on Chinese OEM civil turboprop aircraft operating in the Asia-Pacific region. Capability will be created in phases, starting with line maintenance, followed by heavy maintenance and finally, overhaul. Currently, P&WC has some 180 PT6A and PW100 engines flying in China on Harbin Y-12 and Xian MA60/600 turboprop aircraft. The joint venture will be legally structured through SAIC subsidiary General Aviation Engine Company (GAEC) and UTC subsidiary United Technologies Far East (UTFE). AEMC will be owned 75% by GAEC and 25% by UTFE. The joint venture agreement is for 25 years with an option for renewal. AEMCs board of directors will consist of AVIC representatives and P&WC representatives. P&WC will appoint its general manager and AVIC will appoint a chief financial officer. The remainder of the management team will be selected collectively by the joint venture partners.


Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company (GAMECO), a joint venture between China Southern Airlines, South China International Aircraft Engineering and Hutchison Aircraft Maintenance Investment, has started construction of its new Phase II Hangar at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The new hangar is located to the south of the current GAMECO hangar facility, on approximately 63,240m, with the total area of the buildings expected to be approximately 66,840m and a building footprint of approximately 24,107m. The hangar itself will be a steel truss structure, offering approximately 14,800m and providing a total of eight maintenance bays to accommodate narrowbody aircraft (Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737/757). With a height of approximately 20m, it will also be capable of accommodating the 787 that will be introduced soon by China Southern Airlines. In addition, the maintenance apron area with 27,000m will also be able to accommodate another two 757s and two 737/A320s. The total investment for the new Phase II Hangar





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project is estimated to be $90 million and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2012 with full operation in the first half of 2013. Over the last two years, GAMECO has implemented a strategy of expanding its facilities and network, building additional maintenance capabilities for new platforms and components and growing internationally. It has established a 757 C check line in Urumqi, established line maintenance at Shanghai Pudong for the 777F and set up a new base in ChongQing. The construction of the new Phase II Hangar adds to this strategy, so that with the completion of the hangar project, GAMECO will have 18 maintenance bays available to meet the growing demand of China Southern Airlines with their rapid fleet expansion as well as supporting the increasing development of domestic and international third party business.

interior of each aircraft to be overhauled, with the first reconfigured 747 returning to service in October. The remaining eight aircraft will be introduced across the international network by the end of 2012. Qantas will have a fleet of 14 A380s and nine reconfigured 747 aircraft by the end of next year. The project has secured 120 jobs at the Avalon engineering and maintenance facility, with a further 400 people being employed on other work at the facility. The project was awarded to Avalon after a competitive tender process and after beating strong competition from overseas.

and is well-positioned for future growth based on its increased content on leading new commercial and military aircraft. The companys broad position across many platforms, combined with increased airframe production rates, will drive sustainable long-term aftermarket growth. United Technologies expects the transaction will be accretive to earnings in the second year.


Embraer and GE have carried out a series of test flights with an EMBRAER 170 flying from the Embraers Gavio Peixoto facilities. The purpose of the tests was to benchmark the operational characteristics of the airplane and its GE CF34-8E engines when powered by hydro-processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuel under a broad range of unique flight conditions. The flights involved powering one of the two GE engines with the maximum ASTM permissible mix of 50% HEFA (derived from camelina) with Jet-A. Following the recent approval of biomass-based HEFA fuels by ASTM, Embraer and GE have stepped up their efforts with the objective of supporting the development of a broader range of sustainable biofuels for aviation. With these tests, both companies confirmed that technical plans and procedures for future fuels testing are robust, enabling value-added and timely testing of additional fuels. The series of flights, which happened in August, set the stage for further biofuel development programmes that Embraer and GE will undertake with fuel produced from additional feedstocks and production pathways under consideration by the industry. These fuels are currently under study by fuel providers worldwide, including many in Brazil.


United Technologies Corporation has reached agreement to purchase Goodrich Corporation for $127.50 per share in cash. This equates to a total enterprise value of $18.4 billion, including $1.9 billion in net debt assumed. United Technologies expects to finance the transaction through a combination of debt and equity issuance. The equity component is expected to approximate 25% of the total. The closing is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Goodrich shareholder approvals. Following completion of the transaction, United Technologies is expected to have worldwide sales of approximately $66 billion based on projected 2011 results. The combined companys increased scale, financial strength and complementary products will strengthen United Technologies position in the aerospace and defence industry. Goodrich is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defence industry. Its products include aircraft landing gear, aircraft wheels and brakes. With estimated 2011 sales of $8 billion, it serves a global customer base with 27,000 employees worldwide


Qantas has stated work on an A$250 million ($247 million) project to overhaul the interiors of nine Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the installation of Airbus A380-style seats and in-flight entertainment units. The work is being carried out at the airlines heavy maintenance facility at Avalon. Each of the aircraft will be fitted with 364 seats: 58 business, 36 premium economy and 270 economy. Other new features include Panasonic on-demand in-flight entertainment and a self-service snack bar in economy. The project will see the current 747 cabin including seats, electrical wiring, fittings, galleys and in-flight entertainment stripped from the aircraft and brand new cabin fittings, in-flight entertainment and equipment installed. It will take six weeks for the

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AAR has been selected by EADS EFW to manufacture main deck cargo loading systems for Airbus A300-600 and A310-300 freighter conversions. Recent purchase orders from EADS EFW include 13 A300-600 systems. Deliveries will be accomplished over the next 12 months. The cargo systems will be manufactured by AARs Cargo Systems division in Goldsboro, North Carolina. AAR has been selected to provide Unison parts and support for Kansas Aviation of Independence (KAI). The one-year agreement is expected to generate approximately $1 million in supplied parts. The programme will be managed by AAR Distribution, which recently became the exclusive global aftermarket distributor for Unison products. AAR Distribution operates as part of AARs Allen Asset Management division, which provides a full range of supply chain, component repair and parts distribution services to the commercial aviation industry. The KAI program consists of supplying repair kits for turbine engine exciters, factory new exciters and various hardware to support KAIs overhaul activities. KAI specialises in the overhaul and repair of engine accessories on the General Electric CJ610, CF700 and CF34; Pratt & Whitney JT15D, PT6A, PT6T, PW100, PW300 and PW901; and Rolls-Royce Allison M250 engines. Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) has opened its new Hangar 6. The C-shaped triangular building can handle up to three Airbus A380s simultaneously, plus three A321-200s and two A320-100s. The new facility includes 25,300m of clear floor area, plus 3,100m of office space,

4,300m of workshops and a 2,700m mezzanine area. The new hangar will help to double ADATs business. Each hangar bay has dedicated satellite control rooms, tool cribs and stores. Adaptable teleplatforms are used instead of fixed docking and service pts in the floor supply utilities including 400Hz electrical power, compressed air, fuel and water. The hangar is fully air conditioned with vertical lift doors to avoid the loss of conditioned air, which is important during the hotter summer months. AELS is conducting a total end-of-life solution on three Boeing 737-300s in Mexico City. All components that can be reused on other aircraft will be removed, hazardous materials will be removed and disposed of properly, and finally, all three aircraft will be dismantled and recycled. This project is in partnership with JT Power (engines) and Spectrum Aerospace (components). Aeroinv.com, the aftermarket supplier of aircraft parts, has announced the worldwide launch of its new web-store, doubling the amount of stock in the last three weeks to over $100 million with more arriving every week at the Singapore hub. Customers can purchase new surplus condition parts online within a few clicks on a 24/7 basis for overnight, daily, weekly and C and D maintenance checks. Following order confirmation, AOG parts are dispatched within four hours from the hub in Singapore, which is managed by DHL. Every step of the online order is supported by a 24/7 UK-based customer service team. Aeroinv.coms regional sales teams help customers all over the world with choosing the right package deals and discussing further opportunities such as call-off packages and virtual warehousing

offering great value. The whole concept of the aeroinv.com online e-commerce solution is to simplify the procurement procedure, to make end-to-end ordering more efficient, and to fast-track the request for quotation, generating a user-friendly experience. All parts purchased online go through a stringent quality inspection process and have the correct trace paperwork available to view online. Aeroman is adding a new hangar that will accommodate three new lines for narrowbody aircraft at the maintenance facility in El Salvador, for both existing aircraft (Airbus 320s and Boeing 737s) and the future Airbus A320 Neo. The expansion will add about 7,600m to the existing 27,360m facility, bringing the total number of narrowbody airframe maintenance bays to 11, following completion of the work. Construction began on 1 September and is scheduled to be completed by April 2012. In keeping with the advanced architectural design of the building, the new extension will also be built on an innovative structural system that will facilitate accelerated construction work on the hangar. Air Astana has opened a new internationally approved engineering facility in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The facility is equipped to handle non-destructive testing and repairs to wheels, batteries and aircraft structures. Air Astanas investment in the facility will save it over $1 million in the first year, as it becomes independent of foreign maintenance service providers. The facility is a milestone in Air Astanas plan to create a leading aircraft maintenance centre serving central Asia and the CIS. This process will see the airline progressively upgrading its engineering capabilities to the point where it will


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be able to undertake complex aircraft maintenance services C checks on both its own aircraft and those of other carriers by the end of 2012. Brake and composite material shops, as well as structural maintenance workshops will be ready for certification by EASA by the end of 2011. Additionally, the airline is investigating the possibility of creating calibration and hydrostatic laboratories. airberlin technik in Dsseldorf has started its first training scheme since its formation in April 2011 by the merger of airberlin Technik, LTU Technik and dbas technical department. A total of 32 trainees joined three vocational training courses, for aircraft maintenance technicians, avionics technicians and office clerks. Airstream International Group has been appointed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to exclusively remarket an ex-ItAli Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft (msn 49215). It is being offered for sale or part-out. A J Walter Aviation has agreed to purchase four ex-Germania Boeing 737-300 aircraft from Pembroke Capital Aircraft (Shannon) Limited for part-out. This purchase has enabled AJW to fast-track the induction of engines into its operational plan and is the first of several planned acquisitions that will help to supplement the companys expanding spares inventories. With a positive step change in its business, AJW has secured additional funding specifically to acquire larger assets such as engines for short-term lease and teardown, and airframes for part-out, preferably B737NG and later generation A320 Family aircraft, although the company also has an interest in Airbus A330 and Boeing 747-400 and 777 aircraft. The 737-300 material is already

being allocated to AJWs regional hubs in Dubai, Los Angeles, Miami, Singapore and across Europe to meet the daily demands of customers worldwide including AJWs own fleet of over 375 aircraft under contract. Avianor has entered into an exclusive sales agreement with Lufthansa German Airlines to offer a wide range of surplus seats to its clients in North, Central and South America, as well as India. The current upgrade programme at Lufthansa will make over 9,000 seats available from Airbus A320, A319 and A321 aircraft. In addition, seats from Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 and 747 upgrades will be available in the near future. Avianor plans to market the seats to its client base of operators and leasing companies as well having a large inventory that will enable it to enter into loan/lease or exchange programs often needed by airlines to better execute upgrades. BAE Systems and Saywell International are celebrating 10 years of continued spares support for the BAe 748 twin turboprop transport airliner. In September 2001, BAE Systems appointed Saywell International to be their sole distributor of spares for the aircraft. Saywells own inventory of spares at its Worthing, UK headquarters, supported by their Miami office/warehouse and Vancouver and Singapore regional offices for the South American, North American and Asian markets respectively, was boosted at the time by the transfer of a significant spares stock previously held by BAE Systems. Since that time, Saywell International has ensured the efficient and timely supply of spares to BAe 748 customers worldwide in an operation that is closely monitored by BAE Systems to ensure high standards of service. Over the ten-year period, more

than 30,000 BAe 748 spares transactions have been made by Saywell, worth in excess of $40 million. Whilst Saywell International is responsible for continuing spares sales and supply for the BAe 748, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft at Prestwick, Scotland still provides technical support and liaison services for the aircraft, nearly 50 years after it entered service in 1962. Around 70 BAE Systems-built aircraft remain in service worldwide with over 20 operators, primarily in Canada, South America, Asia and Africa. Operators include airlines, cargo carriers and air forces. In India, a further 50 aircraft of the HAL-built aircraft are in service with branches of the Indian Armed Forces. Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services has received certification from the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine to conduct line and base maintenance for Boeing 767-200/300 aircraft in support of Ukrainian operators. British Airways Engineering has taken on more than 100 apprentices, with 150 more beginning college courses with a view to joining the airline next year. The airline began running two separate apprenticeship schemes, in conjunction with local colleges, last year. The first scheme, an industrial apprenticeship, sees students complete a year at college before joining the airline full time. There are now 83 industrial apprentices at Heathrow. The second, an engineering business support scheme, allows apprentices to join the airline from day one, learning support functions including inventory management, and 19 business support apprentices have now joined the airline. The drive to recruit apprentices is part of the airlines strategy to create a talent pipeline, supplying the engineers of the future.

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Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM), a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, has committed to purchase a Boeing 767-300ER from Qantas Airways. ATSG said it anticipates that CAM will take delivery of its fifth 767-300 aircraft from Qantas in the fourth quarter, and schedule it for conversion from passenger to standard freighter configuration by mid-year 2012. CAM owns four other Boeing 767-300 aircraft and 36 Boeing 767-200 aircraft, all of which are in service as standard freighters or undergoing conversion from passenger to freighter configuration. Delta TechOps has received ISO 9001 certification for its Engine Maintenance and Landing Gear shops. Delta TechOps is one of only a few airline MRO service providers to achieve this certification, which is an internationally tested framework designed to manage an organisations processes and help generate a high quality product that satisfies customers expectations. The airline received ISO 9001 certification for its Component Maintenance shop in 2008. Etihad has a second female Emirati graduate engineer, Loulua Abdulla Salem Abdulla Mohamed, who completed the airlines engineering programme that

offers UAE nationals the opportunity to obtain a diploma in Aviation Engineering Technology (airframe and aero engines or avionics). On completion of the programme, trainees received an approved GCAA higher diploma in Aviation Engineering including on-the-job training. The FAA is proposing civil penalties against Aviation Technical Services (ATS) and Alaska Airlines. ATS, of Everett, Washington, is being hit for $1.1 million for allegedly making improper repairs to 44 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300s. The FAA alleges that ATS failed to accomplish all the work required by three FAA airworthiness directives calling for five repetitive inspections and a one-time inspection to find and repair fatigue cracks in the fuselage skins of the planes. The inspections are part of Southwests Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program. After the inspections, ATS allegedly failed to install fasteners in all the rivet holes within the time specified for the task. The drying time of the required sealant dictates the window available to complete installation of the fasteners. The aircraft involved returned to service between 1 December 2006 and 18 September 2009. The FAA noted that the Southwest 737-300 that suffered a fuselage crown failure in

April 2011 is not one of the aircraft listed in the proposed civil penalty and ATS did not perform inspection and repair work on that aircraft prior to the April fuselage failure. Alaska Airlines is facing a $590,000 civil penalty for allegedly operating a Boeing 737-400 on 2,107 flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. On 18 January 2010, a flight deck ceiling fire occurred in a 737-400 while it was parked at the gate at Anchorage International Airport. Investigators determined the fire was caused by chafed wiring that had resulted from improper installation of a hose clamp. Alaska had most recently performed maintenance in the burned area in August 2008. The 737-400 maintenance manual includes an explicit warning about proper installation of the hose clamp. Alaska subsequently discovered the same problem existed on nine other 737-400s in its fleet and made corrections. There were no other fires. Both companies have 30 days from the receipt of the FAAs enforcement letter to respond to the agency. FL Technics has recently extended its partnership with Europe Airpost to provide comprehensive heavy maintenance services for the airlines three Boeing 737 Classic aircraft, including but not limited to C and D checks, components supply, and corrosion prevention programmes. GKN Aerospace has secured a contract with easyJet worth over $1 million to provide replacement Airbus A320 series front windshields through to the end of 2014. The design protects against moisture ingress, reducing the risk of delamination and electrical system failure that can lead to premature windshield removals and unscheduled aircraft downtime. Production for this contract will take place at the GKN Aerospace facility in Kings Norton, UK. GKN

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Aerospace already supplies easyJet with A320 series cockpit lateral windows, wing tip lenses and passenger cabin windows to A320 series operators worldwide. GKN Aerospace has announced the launch of a one stop repair service for fixed- and rotary-wing flexible fuel tanks which aims to halve the repair times typically experienced by operators across the UK and the rest of Europe. The new service, the only facility of its kind in the UK, will offer EASA Design Organisation Part 21 approved repair of all types of flexible fuel tank, including self-sealing, crashworthy and explosion suppressing products. The service will operate alongside GKN Aerospaces fuel system manufacturing activity in Portsmouth, UK. GMF AeroAsia and the Municipal Government of Surakarta have entered into a cooperation agreement in the field of aircraft maintenance human resources procurement capacity development. GMF AeroAsia can now make use of the Surakarta Municipal Governments Solo Technopark to educate aircraft technicians. GMF has also been cooperating with several universities such as STPI Curug, Politeknik Bandung, ITB, and Universitas Nurtanio to fulfil the national demand for aircraft technicians. Aside from working with universities, GMF has also developed as an Approved Maintenance Training Organization (AMTO) to educate future aircraft technicians. Richard Budihadianto, GMF AeroAsia CEO, said: This cooperation is a breakthrough by GMF to meet the lack of aircraft technicians in Indonesia. In 2012, the need is estimated to be 10,000 individuals. GMF AeroAsia has repainted a Boeing 737-900 of Jet Airways.

Lufthansa Technik has handed over the first of four Bombardier Global 5000 aircraft to be delivered by the end of 2011 to the Special Air Mission Wing of the German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg). They join two Airbus ACJ319s handed over in 2010 and two Airbus A340-300 longhaul aircraft in the first half of 2011 all via Lufthansa Technik. The cabin of the Global 5000 aircraft conforms largely to the standard equipment offered by Bombardier for this aircraft type. The colours have been matched to the interior design of the Airbus ACJ319 and A340. The cabin has seating for up to 13 persons and is designed to be disabled-friendly. Various additional measures were carried out to specifically fulfil the requirements of the German Air Force. Consequently, it is possible, as in the larger Airbus aircraft, to install a patient transport unit, equipped with intensive care facilities such as additional oxygen and a separate power supply, and thus use the Global 5000 aircraft to transport wounded and ill persons. Secure communications equipment has also been installed. In addition to the procurement of the new aircraft, Lufthansa Technik is also responsible for the technical and logistical support of the new medium-haul and longhaul aircraft. For the Global 5000 aircraft, this role will be taken on by Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) in Berlin-Schoenefeld. The technical services covered by the 10-year contract include service management, maintenance of the aircraft, engines (together with Rolls-Royce Germany), equipment and spare parts supply. It also comprises the preparation and maintenance of aeronautical and technical documentation. Lufthansa Technik Sofia, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and

Bulgarian Aviation Group, is expanding its narrowbody hangar capacity with a new two-bay construction for heavy checks. Additionally, a separate lightweight hangar will be constructed and used for line maintenance operations and lighter checks. The 15 million ($20 million) investment nearly doubles the MRO capacities for the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 families to four aircraft in parallel. The first bay of the new 5,200m hangar will be operational in the first quarter next year and the second one will follow a few months later. With the new capacity, the number of employees will increase by more than 150 people to about 500 until the end of 2012. Since its foundation in 2007, Lufthansa Technik Sofia has already carried out more than 60 heavy checks on aircraft of the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 families for Lufthansa, Bulgaria Air and other customers, including bmi baby, Nordavia, Oman Air and Ural Airlines. Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) will continue with the Boeing GoldCare programme and is committed to providing line and base maintenance capability for the 787 despite the decision by its parent company, The Monarch Group, to terminate its order for six aircraft. The Part M-approved Management Services team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has concluded a contract to assist DHL with the regulatory approval process in obtaining a Certificate of Airworthiness for the addition of a Boeing 757 freighter to the UK register. Pratt & Whitney has signed an Engine Management Program agreement with Cargolux Airlines to provide its providing on-wing engine health monitoring. Under the agreement, Pratt & Whitney Global


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Service Partners will use its web-based Advanced Diagnostics & Engine Management (ADEM) tools to provide engine performance monitoring services for the airlines fleet, powered by PW4056 engines. Pratt & Whitney has signed a five-year agreement with Wizz Air to use the EcoPower engine wash system on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft at Budapest International Airport and will also have mobile wash capability to perform washes at airports within its route structure. Rheinland Air Service (RAS) has announced a facility expansion and ATR approval. The new and expanded facilities at its Dusseldorf Moenchengladbach base can accommodate up to six ATR aircraft simultaneously, including 400m of workshop space; 200m of office space; 400m of parts storage space, a new paint shop; plus 200m of staff space. Representing an investment of $1 million, the expansion added an additional 1,200m to the 4,000m RAS facility. RAS has also received ATR repair and overhaul approval certification for flight controls the second authorisation in Europe. RAS also plans to build another maintenance hangar within the next 12-18 months, doubling its capacity. Sanad Aero Solutions (Sanad) has entered into new component inventory agreements valued in excess of $50 million with Mubadala Development Company-owned companies Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) and SR Technics. The companies are working together to expand Mubadala Aerospaces global MRO offering by including spare components and engines in the integrated product solution. The additional spare inventories will be utilised by ADAT and SR Technics to expand services for a number of

key customers including Etihad Airways, Onur Air and Maximus Air Cargo. Satair has signed a distribution agreement covering aircraft escape slide lighting battery packs, cabin crew flashlight batteries and slide lighting test equipment produced by BaseWest. ST Aerospace and SIM University (UniSIM) have signed an MoU to co-operate in the enhancement of education and development of manpower for Singapores aerospace industry. This MoU, effective for 10 years, is an extension of an existing collaboration between ST Aerospace and UniSIM first established in March 2008. Under the MoU, ST Aerospace will play an advisory role to contribute industry expertise to the aerospace degree programmes offered by UniSIM. ST Aerospace will also offer students enrolled in these programmes opportunities to gain familiarisation and practical experience at its facility. Under the scope of collaboration, ST Aerospace and UniSIM will also work together in the areas of scholarships, research and knowledge-sharing. In addition, both parties will undertake associate teaching activities at each others facilities. ST Aerospace is a strong proponent in the training and development of aerospace professionals. Apart from collaborating with educational institutions, ST Aerospace has its own training initiatives including an internal training and certification programme and a dedicated technical training centre in Singapore. To support operational needs, the centre has trained about 1,400 technicians in mechanical and avionics trades and 370 licensed aircraft engineers over the years. TAM MRO has renewed its Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification

to provide services for aircraft registered in Canada and their components. The new authorisation is valid until 2012. Issued for the first time in August 2010, the certification from TCCA authorises TAM MRO to perform maintenance, as well as specialised services such as electrolytic deposition, welding and carpeting, on the following aircraft models registered in Canada: Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330; Boeing 767, ATR 42 and Fokker-100. TIMCO Aviation Services has announced that its base maintenance operation at Macon, Georgia, has been selected by the State of Georgia Department of Labor for its annual Award of Excellence, which recognises employees with no days away from work due to workplace injuries or illnesses for more than 250 days. Turkish Airlines is fitting two Boeing 737-900(ER) aircraft will two additional fuel tanks to allow them to be used primarily on African routes. After delivery in Seattle, PATS Aircraft Systems in Georgetown, Delaware will fit the tanks before entry into service in November and December. United Continental Holdings and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) are to return to negotiations in advance of mediation scheduled with the National Mediation Board in November. During these negotiations, the company and IBT will focus on reaching an agreement covering the approximately 4,700 technicians at the United Airlines subsidiary. United and Continental employ more than 8,300 technicians who are represented by the Teamsters. Continental technicians ratified their collective bargaining agreement in November 2010.


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Aeroplex of Central Europe has signed an agreement with Norwegian Air Shuttle covering winter checks and ROW 44 internet access modification works on 34 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The first aircraft arrived in September and the maintenance line will be finished in the middle of March 2012. Aeroplex has already modified 12 737-800s with ROW 44 designed kit, some of them in Budapest and the rest in Stavanger. Aeroplex was a pioneer in these works, as the company was the first who installed this system to B737 aircraft in Europe. The entire 14-person staff of AeroStrategy has been hired by ICF International, a provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients. The move reinforces ICFs aviation business, ICF SH&E, with additional services and an expanded client base. AeroStrategy staff will now be working under the ICF SH&E name. Among the staff joining ICF SH&E as vice presidents are AeroStrategy partners and co-founders Kevin Michaels and David Stewart. Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) has completed heavy maintenance services for the first of five DHL-owned Boeing 767-200PCF aircraft, in advance of their conversion to special freighter configuration. The first aircraft was completed ahead of schedule. Two additional aircraft are currently undergoing similar heavy maintenance and modifications to be completed in 2011. The fourth and fifth aircraft are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2012. Apart from these five aircraft, AMES previously completed heavy maintenance on four DHL-owned 767 freighters. In addition to these, AMES maintains 13 other 767 freighters leased to DHL by Cargo Aircraft Management, another subsidiary of AMES parent company, Air Transport Services Group. Alsalam Aircraft Company has signed a new maintenance contract with Saudi Aramco for a D check on a Boeing 737NG aircraft.

AvCraft Technical Services has announced a long-term heavy maintenance agreement with Caribbean carrier CAIRE Air Antilles Express. The new agreement follows the redelivery five days ahead of schedule of a second ATR 42 from a C check at AvCrafts Myrtle Beach, South Carolina facility. Air Antilles Express operates three ATR 42s on high-frequency regional routes linking five Caribbean islands from a base in Guadeloupe, French West Indies. Air Antilles Express was AvCrafts first ATR customer, contracting for an initial heavy check in February 2010. Since then AvCrafts ATR customer base has grown to seven airlines and leasing companies in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services signed a contract with Air Italy for a 4C check on a Boeing 767-300ER in September. Coopesa in San Jose, Costa Rica, has signed a contract with GOL Linhas Areas Inteligentes to perform a C check, structural inspection and external paint on a Boeing 737-700 being returned off lease to ILFC. JorAMCo will perform D checks on six Boeing 737NGs operated by Jet Airways, including landing gear and thrust reverser removal and installation and paint.

maintenance technology. Iberia is also working with GE to develop a high-pressure compressor blade repair shop for the CFM56-5/7 families. The airline is in the final stages of GE certification. Iberia Maintenance has won a contract from British Airways for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of CFM56-5B engines powering the two 32-seat, all-business class Airbus A318 aircraft that operate from London City to New York-JFK. International Aero Engines has been selected by China Eastern Airlines to provide V2500 engines to power 50 new A320 series aircraft. The deal also includes comprehensive long-term engine aftermarket services. Deliveries will commence in August 2012 and continue to 2015, and China Eastern will employ the new V2500s to expand the capacity of its fleet. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Japanese low-cost carrier Solaseed Air (formerly Skynet Asia Airways until 1 July 2011) have signed an initial five-year maintenance agreement for CFM56-3 engines powering Boeing 737-400s operated by the airline. If renewed for a further five years, it will also cover the CFM56-7 engines powering 13 Boeing 737NG jets that are currently going into service with the airline. PowerJet and Yakutia Airlines have signed a PowerLife Customer Support Agreement for four SaM146 propulsion systems (engine, equipment and nacelle) to power two Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (SSJ100). The first aircraft entry into service is planned for 2012. The agreement plans out the general contractual terms to be applied between Yakutia Airlines and PowerJet concerning product support, documentation, training, on-site support and engine warranties. Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners Shanghai Engine Center recently delivered its first overhauled CFM56 engine to Jetstar Pacific Airlines. The engine is the first the Shanghai Engine Center has delivered to an overseas customer in the Asia Pacific region. Rolls-Royce has signed a letter of intent with Skymark Airlines Japan to provide Trent 900 engines to power six Airbus A380 aircraft, including TotalCare long-term

Delta TechOps has signed a five-year, exclusive time and materials with flat rates agreement with Air Canada to provide repair and overhaul services to the airlines entire fleet of Pratt & Whitney PW4060 engines, three of which are already inducted at Delta TechOps. The 18 engines power nine Boeing 767 aircraft with four spares. Dublin Aerospace has signed a five-year contract with Jet Time of Denmark for the loan and overhaul of Honeywell 131-9B and 85 Series APUs fitted to its fleet of Boeing 737NG and Classic aircraft, respectively. 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. This agreement expands Iberias current overhaul capability of the CF34 engine family and licenses GEs engine


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engine service and support. The aircraft will enter into service in 2014. The company says the Trent 900s Skymark has ordered will incorporate enhancements in design and materials that will yield almost a 2% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with those in service today. It has also won a contract from TUI Travel to provide Trent 700 engines to power two Airbus A330 aircraft, which will also be covered by TotalCare long-term support services. The aircraft will be operated by TUIs subsidiary Corsairfly and the contract also includes TotalCare services for two additional A330s already in service with the airline.

AFI KLM E&M and Armavia have decided to extend the provisions of a contract signed in June 2010 to the airlines entire fleet of two A320-200s and four A319-100s including the presidential jet. The contract now covers component support services, including pool access, repairs, and the provision of a main base kit at the carriers Yerevan hub. The initial agreement was for component support services for one Airbus A320-200. A J Walter Aviation is to provide powerby-the-hour support to Air Europa for its Airbus A330 Trent engine component accessories. This five-year agreement for two aircraft is AJWs first contract with Air Europa and includes the location of a main base kit in Madrid. A J Walter Aviation has signed a three-year Airbus A320 components power-by-the-hour and Main Base Kit lease contract with RAK Airways of Ras Al Kaimah, UAE. AJW already has comprehensive Boeing 737 stock sited in its regional facility in the Dubai Free Zone which supports daily spares requirements for local airlines. This new contract will be managed out of its Middle Eastern office and will include an additional location in Dubai of extensive A320 inventory, which will mark a significant increase in AJWs investment in the UAE. RAK Airways will also benefit from AJWs 24/7 AOG service across its route network including Cairo, Jeddah, Doha, Calicut, Dhaka and Chittagong. Fokker Services has signed its fourth and fifth operators in the Americas to use a

FLYFokker program, which covers all logistics and technical support. It is being used by Air Panama to start operating its two newly acquired Fokker 70 former corporate aircraft, including on-site technical training and a modification to change the cabin from a 48- to a 72-seat configuration. Furthermore, a complete ABACUS forward lease and exchange programme has been agreed for all major rotables, APU, landing gear and brakes. Air Panama has been a customer of Fokker Services for many years, operating the Fokker F-27 aircraft on a feeder service for a major international courier company. InselAir, based in Curaao, is using ABACUS for its fleet of three operational Fokker 50s. The airline has purchased four aircraft, using the fourth as a spares source. Goodrich Corporation has been selected by Mesa Air Group to provide landing gear maintenance services for its fleet of Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft. The multi-year agreement will encompass all scheduled repair and overhaul services including the use of Goodrich-owned rotable landing gear assets. Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and Lufthansa Technik have signed a long-term contract for providing MRO services on Hamilton Sundstrands components for the Boeing 787, including bleedless systems and liquid cooling components. The agreement also enables Lufthansa Technik to become an official member of Hamilton Sundstrands Boeing 787 MRO supplier network. Lufthansa Technik Sofia and Bulgaria Air have signed a ten-year Total Component Support (TCS) component supply contract, including local stock in Sofia as well as access to a component pool for Bulgaria Airs Airbus A319 and A320 as well as for the Boeing 737 Classic fleet. The agreement also contains line and fleet base maintenance for the nine aircraft. Some of the Boeing aircraft are partially operated in Russia. The base maintenance support includes light C checks and heavy D check events. Base maintenance is provided directly in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, whereas line maintenance services are offered in Sofia, Varna and Burgas. Both companies have already established a partnership via the membership of Bulgaria Air of the Bulgarian Aviation Group, which is the joint venture partner of Lufthansa

Technik at Lufthansa Technik Sofia. Sabena technics has extended its collaboration with Compagnie Africaine dAviation (CAA), the main carrier of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from its fleet of three Airbus A320s to support two newly acquired Fokker 100 aircraft. Sabena technics services to CAA include pool access with advanced standard exchange, component repair management per flying hour, APU support and continuing airworthiness management. The services have also been extended to A320 brakes support from Sabena technics Brussels facility. SR Technics and Air Europa have signed a five-year contract extension from 2013 for integrated component solution (ICS) support. The new contract covers Airbus A330, Boeing 767 and 737-800 aircraft and includes component exchange, maintenance and repair, and logistics services. Under the agreement, Air Europa will also have access to the SR Technics components pool and component management services, covering a complete package of components including APUs and engine LRUs. SR Technics will manage component inventory pools in Zurich, Switzerland. TP Aerospace has been awarded a five-year full service wheels and brakes Cycle Flat Rate (CFR) contract by Enter Air, Polands largest charter airline. The contract, initially covering six aircraft, includes component maintenance, pool access, onsite lease inventory, logistics and warehousing. VAS Aero Services and JetBlue Airways have signed an agreement that appoints VAS as JetBlues consignee for the redistribution of select A320 and EMBRAER 190 spare parts. VAS will provide, among other things, logistics and sales resources for various spare airframe and engine material over the next three years.

FL Technics has added line maintenance services for Yakutia-owned Boeing 757-200 and Boeing 737NG aircraft at Krasnodar International Airport, Russia. Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has signed line maintenance


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technical handling agreements with Alitalia and XL Airways France to provide support for Airbus A330 aircraft at Male International Airport in the Maldives. The work for XL Airways France will take place throughout the winter season when XL Airways France operates flights to Male from Paris-CDG. MAEL has been supporting the company in Male for five years. It will also provide support to Turkish Airlines twice-weekly Airbus A310 freighter flights into London Gatwick.

the basis for their DigiDOC digital content management solution. At Icelandair Technical Services, DigiDOC is being integrated with Mxis Maintenix, in a Task Card solution to be followed by maintenance planning documents and other OEM manuals. Mxi Technologies has announced that its Maintenix software has gone live at Qantas Maintenance and Engineering in support of the first-phase implementation of the organisations engineering system replacement project. The project, with the Maintenix software at its core, represents an ambitious business-driven IT transformation of maintenance and engineering operations at the airline. The Maintenix software provides the organisation with a solution that supports real-time access to maintenance information on any aircraft from anywhere in the world. In addition to real-time data recording and reporting, detailed historical records and modelled future projections offer unparalleled visibility into the use and maintenance requirements of the Qantas fleet. Mxi Technologies has launched Maintenix within the Cloud to seamlessly support user training and complement the organisations training and education service suite. Officially launched in mid-July, the response to the new, Cloud-based service has been overwhelmingly positive with course participants noting that the Cloud-based delivery fully replicated a production environment, while facilitating a more meaningful and flexible training experience than traditional computer-based instruction. The accessible and scalable infrastructure afforded by the Cloud, allows Mxi customers to experience Maintenix in a fully-interactive training environment true to a live maintenance production system. Using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Mxi is able to deliver concurrent training to a virtually unlimited number of geographically dispersed attendees while benefitting from a reduction in training infrastructure setup costs for both the customer and Mxi. Although initially launched in support of user training, this first, Cloud-based instance of Maintenix is the same full production software currently used post go-live by Mxi customers and signals the advent of MRO software deployment in the Cloud to support mission-critical airline maintenance operations.

Commsoft has signed a five-year deal with Dubai-based consultancy and airworthiness specialist Airstream Aviation to use OASES maintenance management software. The company also has operations in Nigeria and will use OASES to support its Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) and inventory management operations. Component Control has been selected by AFI KLM E&M to provide Quantum Control software to further support its Total Component Care programme. AFI KLM E&M subsidiary EPCOR has been using Quantum Control for over 6 years. AFI KLM E&Ms Quantum Control MRO and Logistics solution will operate on a highly scalable and secure Oracle database and includes the following integrated modules: Aeroxchange and ILS integration to provide users with the ability to receive and respond to customer inquiries using either broadcast and/or quote requests; Document Imaging and Shipping Manager; Contact Manager, a highly configurable CRM (customer relations management) tool that is seamlessly integrated with Quantum Controls entire suite of modules; Forms Designer to customise forms to each customers needs; Rental and Leasing module; and Oracle-driven Event Manager for automated reporting, e-mailing and faxing to customers, suppliers and internal users. CORENA has announced that its partner, AeroSoft Systems, has signed an agreement with Icelandair Technical Services. AeroSoft is using a customer-specific extended version of CORENA-developed core technology as

Mxi Technologies has announced the commercial availability of Maintenix Version 7.2 (v7.2). This latest offering introduces the Electronic Logbook API, which extends the reach of Maintenix maintenance execution capabilities right out to the onboard aircraft logbooks that are currently emerging in the marketplace. The API that Mxi has developed is in line with the Air Transport Association (ATA) DSE specification and can support any third party electronic logbook product that conforms to this open standard. Furthermore, Mxi has worked extensively to create the industrys first logbook/MRO pairing to actually implement the ATA DSE standard together with Boeing and their electronic logbook product line. Swiss-AviationSoftware has signed South African Airways as its 100th customer for its AMOS software. The project dates back to a request for proposal by the airline in 2008, followed by selection and a proof of concept project in 2010 that allowed both sides to combine the airlines requirements with AMOS capabilities. Numerous opportunities for future improvements were identified and a set of customisations, mainly related to production planning and control, were defined. Approximately 1,700 users at SAA and SAA Technical will work with AMOS after the Go-Live which is expected to happen in about 18 months. TRAX USA has been selected by Global Aviation Technical Solutions to provide the latest e4 version of its MRO software to manage its MRO supply organisation for the new Boeing 747-8.

Airbus has announced that all conditions for completion of the offer to acquire the shares of Satair have been satisfied. At the expiry of the offer, Airbus has received valid acceptances representing approximately 96.7% of the shares of Satair on a fully-diluted basis. The acquisition of Satair will help Airbus to strengthen its service business, which is a key element of the EADS Vision 2020. Consistent with this strategy, this acquisition facilitates the


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growth of Airbus Material Management division and is an opportunity to develop new services through the combined entity in both the civil and governmental markets. Airbus intends to acquire all of the remaining shares of Satair by way of a compulsory redemption. BTMU Capital Corporation (BTMUCC), through BTMUCCs subsidiary Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC), has entered into an agreement with Macquarie Bank) to acquire 47 aircraft engine assets. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. Upon completion of the transaction, ELFCs owned and managed asset portfolio will include close to 300 aircraft engines. The transaction will also extend ELFCs existing customer base to more than 80 airlines and MRO companies. Subject to the necessary consents, ELFC will also assume the servicing of a portfolio of seven additional engines owned by a third party, which will further enhance ELFCs portfolio of managed assets. FL Technics has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire UK-based Storm Aviation, an international provider of line maintenance services with bases in the UK (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Robin Hood Doncaster) and mainland Europe (Bergamo, Brno, Brussels, Bucharest, Gdansk, Heraklion, Larnaca and Paphos) This acquisition will enable FL Technics to have a network of 24 line stations in total across Europe and the CIS and extend the capability list to include Boeing 747/767/777 and Airbus A330/340/380. Singapore Technologies Engineering has announced that its US subsidiary Vision Technologies Aerospace

(VT Aerospace) has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of DRB Aviation Consultants. DRB Aviation will be a wholly owned subsidiary of VT Aerospace. The acquisition is part of ST Engineerings strategic intent to develop the groups cabin interior engineering capability. DRB Aviation has a strong track record in aircraft interiors engineering and is an organisational designee under the FAAs Organisation Designation Authorisation (ODA) programme that allows autonomy and efficiency in the issuance of minor STCs for avionics and interiors projects. Established in 1997, DRB Aviation provides services such as engineering design, flame testing, kitting, and static and pull testing. It has an excellent track record in engineering and certification for VIP and corporate aircraft completion, and has undertaken numerous VIP and corporate aircraft interior engineering and certification projects. This adds to the certification capability of ST Engineerings Aerospace sector, which currently holds an EASA Design Organisation Approval authorisation.

Officer of Aviation Partners Boeing, has assumed the role as acting CEO following the resignation of John Reimers. Michel Nanninga has been named Vice President of Sales and James Green Director of Purchasing at CTS Engines.

Inter Airport Europe 11-14 October Munich Trade Fair, Germany Contact Mack Brooks Exhibitions: tel: +44 17 278 1400 email: europe@interairport.com www.interairport.com Innovative Aircraft Seating 17-19 October Radisson BLU Hotel, Hamburg Airport, Germany Contact IQPC: tel: +49 30 20 91 3330 email: info@iqpc.de www.aircraft-seating-conference.com Future MRO & Ageing Aircraft 26-27 October Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom Contact SMi Group: tel: +44 207 827 6000 email: client_services@smi-online.co.uk www.smi-online.co.uk PMA Summit 3-4 November Earls Court Conference Centre London, UK tel: +34 91 804 2577 email: abroadbent@aerospace-media.com www.avmain-mag.com/pma-summit

Christian Duhain has joined A J Walter Aviation as a Non-Executive Director. Joe Lipari has been promoted to Director, Operations at AvCraft Technical Services, while Scott Baun is appointed as Director, Quality Assurance and Program Management, Robert Vaughn is promoted to Chief Inspector and Stan Gregory is promoted to Engineering Manager. Mike Stowell, Executive Vice President Engineering and Chief Technology

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