Lufthansa Technik is carrying out post-delivery modifications to 14 Germania Boeing 737-700s to bring them up to the latest production standard. The work, which takes five days for each aircraft, is covered by the manufacturer's warranty and involves the replacement of wiring bundles inside the leading edge of the wing between the engine and the fuselage. The German charter carrier was one of the earliest customers for the Next Generation 737 and its first aircraft was the fifth off the production line. Monarch Airlines has contracted SR Technics to perform C-checks on a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered Airbus A330-200s. The work will be carried out by SR at its Zurich base this month. Continental Express has awarded Rolls-Royce a 10-year contract to support 400 AE3007s powering its fleet of Embraer RJ-135/145 regional jets. The contract covers services and spare engines worth £450 million ($710 million). Eaton has been awarded a $1 million, two-year contract by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the US National Transportation Safety Board to provide technology to better protect electrical systems aboard US civil and military aircraft. The award follows the September 1998 crash of a Swissair MD-11 near Halifax, Nova Scotia, in which an electrical fire is suspected. FLS Aerospace has been contracted by Virgin Express to undertake all overhaul requirements (C and D checks) on its 22 Boeing 737s. FLS has also secured a two-year contract from Martinair for C and D checks on the airline's six Boeing 767-300ERs. Both contracts will be undertaken at FLS' Dublin, Ireland, facility. Meanwhile Ryanair has signed a long-term, €32 million ($30.7 million) contract, which will run until the end of 2004 and cover heavy maintenance of its Boeing 737-200/800s. The deal is an extension of Ryanair's initial five-year contract and, over the life of the new contract, Ryanair's 737 fleet will double to 46 aircraft.

Source: Flight International