British European Aviation Services (BEAS) has been appointed by Bombardier Aerospace as the first Bombardier-recognised Dash 8/Q Series maintenance facility in Europe. Under the Recognised Service Facility agreement, BEAS is authorised to perform "C" checks along with other heavy maintenance on the Dash 8-100, 200 and 300, and Q200, Q300 and Q400. BEAS has also been authorised to perform other services such as aircraft modifications and upgrades on Bombardier's behalf. Dunlop Aviation Services has been contracted by Croatia Airlines to maintain the wheels and brakes on its three ATR 42s. Air Canada is to provide heavy maintenance for Atlantic Coast Airlines' (ACA) fleet of at least 96 Bombardier CRJs under a five-year, $60 million contract. Air Canada already has a 16-year, $285 million contract from ACA for CRJ component maintenance. KLM is launching an expansion of its engineering and maintenance business, and will further develop engine overhaul business for its own and for third party fleets. The airline has entered in a customised service agreement with GE Engine Services, which covers GE CF6 engines and CFM International CFM56 engines. KLM will invest Є75million ($66 million) in a scheme to replace its current engine-overhaul centre with a new building at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport by the summer of 2004. Delta Air Lines Technical Operations has signed a memorandum of understanding with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to provide integrated maintenance support services for its Boeing767-300ERs. Delta and RAM are also negotiating co-operation on the maintenance of the airline's 757-200s, in addition to engine and component support for its 737-800s. Sabena Technics has received a contract from Yemenia to carry out C4 checks on two of its Airbus A310s at its base in Yemen.

Source: Flight International