-GE Engine Services has signed a 10- year contract, potentially worth as much as $1 billion, with Continental Airlines to overhaul CFM International CFM56 engines powering the carrier's Boeing 737s, and the CF6s which power its Boeing 767s and McDonnell Douglas DC-10s.

-Royal Nepal Airlines has awarded Beijing-based Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering (AMECO) a three-year contract to overhaul its Rolls-Royce RB211-535E5 engines. The first engine was delivered to AMECO in April. The Nepali carrier's Boeing 757s have already undergone C-checks in China at the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering centre.

-CEF Industries has selected DRS of Milwaukee and its Derco Aerospace subsidiary to provide repair and distribution services for its range of aircraft components.

-AEM has won a contract from Virgin Atlantic Airways to overhaul flap carriages for its Boeing 747 fleet.

-KLM has signed a two-year agreement with Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (GAMCO) for technical ground handling of its Boeing 767s moving through Abu Dhabi.

-Hong Kong Aero Engine Services (HAESL) has been retained for a five-year term by Malaysia Airlines for repair and overhaul of the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines which power its Boeing 777 fleet.

-Shannon Aerospace has been awarded a contract by AB Airlines to prepare the Boeing 737-300s it is leasing from Ansett Worldwide. The work includes reconfiguring the aircraft for a two-class layout, a new colour scheme and a maintenance check. In a separate deal, FLS Aerospace has signed a six-year contract with AB Airlines for the spares support and maintenance of its growing 737 fleet. Initially, the maintenance deal will cover two 737-300s with options to expand to six new 737-700s as they are introduced by the London Gatwick-based airline into service after the early months of 2001. The contract could be worth around £10 million.

Source: Flight International