FLS Aerospace has concluded a 10-year contract worth $400 million with EasyJet to provide total maintenance support for the airline's fleet of Boeing 737-700s. GE Engine Services has signed a 16-year, $1 billion-plus maintenance cost-per-flight-hour agreement with SkyWest Airlines to maintain CF34 engines powering 140 Bombardier CRJ100/200s in service or on firm order. The deal includes conversion of 20 CF34-3A1s to -3B1 configuration, increasing thrust and reducing fuel-burn, in addition to 16 under a previous deal. Saab Aviocomp has signed a three year per-flight-hour agreement with KLM CityHopper and KLMuk covering component services for 22 Fokker 50s. Burlington, Ontario-based Comtek has been appointed an authorised service centre for composite and sheet-metal structures on Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia and ERJ-135/140/145 regional aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is to build a large-fan jet engine test cell for MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, China, under a $13 million contract. Construction is to be completed in early 2003, and the cell will be used initially for CFM56 and V2500 maintenance. Sabena Technics has been contracted by Islandsflug Icebird Airlines to provide its Full Support service for its newly acquired Airbus A310-300F. Sabena Technics will provide airframe maintenance and full component support services, and will base personnel at the airline's operating bases. Tracer is to manage Midwest Express Airlines' aftermarket inventory of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and Boeing MD-80 spares, with TradeAir handling internet-based marketing of the parts, which will be relocated to Tracer's Millwaukee, USA, warehouse. Lisbon, Portugal-based OGMA has become an authorised Rolls-Royce (R-R) maintenance centre for the AE2100D3 engine. The company has an engine test cell which was recently correlated by R-R, allowing it to perform engine testing following repair.

Source: Flight International