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SAFRAN AND AFI KLM E&M FORM REPAIR JOINT VENTURE
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Source: CFM International

PARIS - Safran Aircraft Engines and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of a joint company dedicated to the repair of aircraft engine compressor blades. The new company’s business will specifically concern CFM International CFM56 engines, the General Electric GE90, and the Engine Alliance GP7200. AFI KLM E&M is a subsidiary of Air France KLM.

The two partners will invest more than EUR20 million in the new company, which will be owned 51 percent by Safran and 49 percent by Air France KLM. It is scheduled to begin operations in late 2017.

The new company will be based at the Sars et Rosiere business park in La Porte du Hainaut in northern France. Its plant will cover 15,000 square meters. After reaching full production capacity in 2020, the company should have a total of 200-250 employees.

"The creation of this joint venture marks a new phase in Safran's long-standing relationship with Air France," said Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin. "Our shared ambition has driven the creation of a new high-tech company in France for a major international growth market. As two major players in French industry, we are very proud of our contribution to onshoring this strategic business, which calls on highly-qualified employees. It's also an excellent opportunity for Safran to bolster our position as a major player in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector."

Air France KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac said, "I am delighted to see Safran and Air France KLM, two industry leaders, pool their expertise to develop new skills and create over 200 jobs in France. With this project, Air France KLM continues to invest in the development of our Engineering & Maintenance business, one of the world leaders in aircraft MRO. Through this new state-of-the-art unit, AFI KLM E&M will strengthen its technological expertise and increase the competitiveness of our services in a very demanding global market."

Source:  Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance
Source Date: May 24, 2016
Posted: 05/24/2016

 
 
NEXT-GENERATION PW307D ENGINE RECEIVES EASA APPROVAL
Monday, May 23, 2016

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

LONGUEUIL, Quebec - Pratt & Whitney Canada's new PW307D engine received type validation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The company's latest generation turbofan engine was first introduced two years ago at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company.

Validation from the European authorities completes the key engine certification and validation activities for the PW307D program, following approval from Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration last year. The engine will power Dassault Aviation's new Falcon 8X, a three-engine ultra-long-range business jet which completed its first flight in February 2015 and is expected to be certified this summer.

Part of the PW300 family of business jet engines, the PW307D solidifies P&WC's presence in the long-range business aviation segment. Through technological refinements designed to support the extended range and maximum takeoff weight of the Falcon 8X, the PW307D builds on the success of the PW307A program, which to date has delivered over 800 engines for Dassault Aviation's Falcon 7X business jet. Specifically, the new engine offers increased takeoff thrust and improved fuel consumption compared to the PW307A, along with one of the highest thrust-to-weight ratios in its class.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney Canada
Associated URL: http://www.pwc.ca/
Source Date: May 23, 2016
Posted: 05/24/2016

 
 
VIETJET, PRATT & WHITNEY CELEBRATE SELECTION OF PUREPOWER® ENGINE FOR A320NEO, A321NEO AIRCRAFT ORDE
Monday, May 23, 2016

Source: Rich Wright

HANOI - Vietjet and Pratt & Whitney gathered to celebrate the selection of the PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine to power their order of 63 Airbus A320neo and A321neo family of aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2017.

The PurePower engine family has completed more than 58,000 cycles and 35,000 hours of testing. The engine family has more than 7,000 orders, including options, with more than 70 customers from more than 30 countries.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney
Associated URL: www.pw.utc.com
Source Date: May 23, 2016
Posted: 05/24/2016

 

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