Algerian airline Khalifa has signed up for Lufthansa Technik's (LHT) Total Technical Support to maintain its Airbus A319 fleet for 18 months. Eight LHT staff will be based at Khalifa's Algiers hub and the firm will carry out all maintenance including pre-flight checks and annual C checks. Deutsche BA has contracted LHT to undertake C checks on its 18 Boeing 737-300s to June 2004. It involves 41 C checks, which will be performed at Berlin-Schönefeld. Saab Aviocomp has signed a three-year contract extension with Aerolitoral for component maintenance on the airline's Saab 340 fleet. The deal now covers 15 aircraft but Aerolitoral will expand the fleet to 25 within a few years. It includes the repair and overhaul of all component systems such as pneumatics, avionics, hydraulics, undercarriages and propellers, plus some logistics services. Fokker Services has been awarded authorised repair station status for the Embraer ERJ-135 and 145. Portuguese carrier Portugalia is Fokker's first customer with a modification contract on eight ERJ-145s. Florida based start-up Regal Airways has placed a five-year, $30-million maintenance contract with General Electric Engine Services for 24 CFM56-3C1 engines that will power its 737-300 fleet. The deal calls for GE Engine Services to perform engine repair, overhaul and accessory services, at its centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GE will also provide on-wing support and engine leasing services. British Regional Airlines has contracted Dunlop Aviation Services to service its fleet's wheels and brakes, with work based at Dunlop's Coventry, UK, plant. Honeywell has named Jet Aviation Zurich as an authorised service centre for maintenance of its GTCP 36, RE100 and RE200 auxiliary power units. Delta Air Lines has signed an exclusive deal for AAR to be its single-source, non-original equipment manufacturer supplier of engine, bare engine accessories and auxiliary power unit surplus parts.

Source: Flight International