And the mystery Timco Boeing 767 customer is….

So you’ll recall that at MRO Europe Timco announced a major 767 wingletting and IFE deal, but said they couldn’t say who the customer was. I narrowed it down to BA, Aeroflot or Thomsonfly but suspected that the dollar value wasn’t enough to account for BA’s 21-strong fleet. And so it proves – the latest […]

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Photo of when the fork-lift met the American Eagle ATR 72

This happened sometime over the weekend and the way it’s told to me in an email is that somewhere in the middle of it all was a technician who’s been pretty badly knocked about. Hope it’s not too bad. Anyway, roughly speaking the fork-lift, for reasons I know not, hit the stairs that the guy […]

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Pratt & Whitney’s logo turning up in some interesting places

That famous eagle is popping up everywhere. Here for example in Shanghai at the joint venture plant opened last week with China Eastern Airlines to support CFM56 engines. Eventually expected to employ 800 people. And here, on this Brazilian guy’s arm for reasons unexplained, except perhaps that he just likes it.

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And which engine are Pratt & Whitney going to tackle next?

At MRO Europe I had the chance to talk to Tom Masters, who runs the CFM engine products operation providing PMA parts, life-limited parts under STC, and support for CFM56-3 engines. At last year’s MRO Europe in Madrid, P&W said they expected to decide on addressing a second engine from a rival manufacturer this year. […]

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So who is the mystery new Boeing 767 winglet customer?

British Airways? Thomsonfly? Aeroflot? I’ve been at the MRO Europe exhibition in Hamburg this week and right at the end came a curious announcement from Timco, the heavy maintenance house based in Greensboro, NC. The guts of it reads as follows: “Leading MRO provider TIMCO Aviation Services announced today that the company has been awarded […]

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FAA sets about fixing the airworthiness directive system

You’ll remember the ludicrous state the US airlines and FAA got into at various points last year which started with a genuine compliance issue in Southwest and exploded into the groundings of hundreds of aircraft over a period of weeks. It all culminated in the insanity of United’s grounding of its 777 fleet pointlessly leaving […]

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Flight launches an MRO blog for the aviation industry

Well, there you are, exactly what it says on the tin – we’re launching an MRO blog for the aviation industry. And this is it. I’ve spent a fair chunk of the last few weeks putting together a special MRO report for Flight International to coincide with the excellent MRO Europe event run by our […]

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