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Aircraft Supplier & MRO News - Europe.

New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft Supplier & MRO News Europe) Jun 27, 2010

Boeing, Alenia Aeronautica Boeing has begun horizontal stabiliser inspections on two of its 787 flight test aircraft after it disclosed workmanship errors by supplier Alenia Aeronautica that could reduce the fatigue life of the parts. ZA002 and ZA003, both Rolls-Royce powered 787 flight test aircraft will be inspected today at Boeing Field in Seattle and Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona, respectively. Neither aircraft will return to flight operations until the one to two-day inspections are complete, says Boeing. Twenty-three of twenty-five horizontal stabilisers already shipped from Italy are installed on 787s, five of which are flying on flight test aircraft. ZA001, ZA004 and ZA005 are all currently in maintenance and instrumentation installation layup. Jun 25, 2010

Edelweiss Air, Airbus, Recaro Edelweiss Air said it will take delivery of a 332-seat A330-300 in March 2011 to replace its single A330-200. The Swiss International Air Lines subsidiary also said it is investing CHD4.2 million (USD3.8 million) to install new lighter Recaro seats on its three A320s between June and August. The seats save 800 kg. of weight per aircraft. Jun 23, 2010

FL Technics Lithuania's FL Technics plans to more than treble the number of its line maintenance stations in Europe by 2012 as part of a USD25 million investment programme. The company, which currently operates nine line maintenance stations, says it plans to expand its network to a total of 30 stations by 2012. FL Technics' existing network of line maintenance stations includes facilities in Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Russia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Jun 21, 2010

FL Technics, Milan Malpensa FL Technics this month opened a new line station at Milan Malpensa and said it has plans to expand its network to a total of 30 locations by 2012. It currently operates nine line stations in Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Russian Federation, Kazakhstanand Tajikistan. "We have approved the comprehensive USD25 million investment program [to fund expansion] for the 2010-2015 period," CEO Jonas Butautis said. "The main advantages that allow us to expand to the European airports are our highly skilled technicians and lower cost of services. The main directions of our development are regional airports in Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and CIS countries with annual capacity of more than 0.5 million passengers and without local MRO base." Jun 21, 2010

London Oxford airport London Oxford airport has started work on a GBP3 million (USD4.45 million), 4,440m (47,790ft ) three-bay hangar that will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul. It will be the largest single facility built at the airport to date. When complete in December it will have increased the total hangarage at the airport by 78 percent since 2005 to 78,000m . Jun 25, 2010

Lufthansa Systems, Croatia Airlines Lufthansa Systems said Croatia Airlines has received operational approval from the Croatian Aviation Safety Authority to fly using its paperless Lido/FlightBag solution. Jun 21, 2010

Lufthansa Technik, Airbus Lufthansa Technik has handed over the second Airbus A319CJ to the German defence force. The two aircraft were ordered for the special air mission wing and, like the first ACJ, which was delivered in March, the second aircraft has also been fitted with a VIP cabin. The completion took seven months. Jun 25, 2010

Lufthansa Technik, Volvo Aero Lufthansa Technik and Volvo Aero signed a cooperation agreement aimed at jointly developing "new repair methods for mainly structural parts of large commercial aircraft engines," LHT said. Both companies will cooperate in the certification processes, the repair services and the marketing and sales activities for the partnership. Repairs will be made at Volvo Aero's facilities in Trollhattan and at LHT's facilities in Hamburg. Jun 24, 2010

PowerJet Franco-Russian joint venture PowerJet has formally been awarded European type certification for its SaM146 engine. The European Aviation Safety Agency handed over design organisation approval, followed by a type certificate for the powerplant, during a ceremony in Cologne today. PowerJet developed the SaM146, which has a thrust rating of 76.8kN, for the twin-engined Sukhoi Superjet 100. During the ceremony EASA executive director Patrick Goudou said the application had been submitted the day after EASA formally came into being in September 2003. Jun 23, 2010

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