Aviation Sales' Timco division has signed a five-year, $60 million contract to perform heavy maintenance on United Parcel Service Airbus A300-600 freighters as well as McDonnell Douglas DC-8s already maintained at its Greensboro, North Carolina, centre. World Aviation Support (WAS), sister company to British World Airlines, has added Boeing 737 300/400/500 series C and D checks to its licensed portfolio under Joint Aviation Authorities JAR 145 certification. WAS already carries out line engineering on British World Airline's Boeing 737-300 fleet and will now be able to perform hangar servicing for the airline and for third party clients. The London Southend-based maintenance and overhaul company is already licensed to perform similar work on types including the BAe 146, BAe ATP, BAC One Eleven, Fokker F27, HS748 and Shorts 330/360. Aviation Distributors has formed California-based ADI Leasing to buy and lease back rotable parts to airlines. The company has signed a letter of intent for up to $100 million in funding for leasing transactions and says it is negotiating contracts with major airlines. Germania has selected HeavyLift to undertake modifications to eight Boeing 737-700s. The work includes Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System installation and rudder inspections. The work will start in January at London Southend Airport. As part of its cost cutting, American Airlines is closing down an engine-overhaul shop in Kansas City that it inherited with its TWA purchase. The airline is also shifting some maintenance of TWA narrowbodies to its Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility. Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (GAMECO) has started construction of a four-bay hangar to replace its existing facility at Guangzhou's Baiyan airport which has reached capacity. The hangar, which is due to open in October 2003, will cost $100 million and will be able to accommodate up to seven aircraft simultaneously.

Source: Flight International