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ST ENGINEERING'S AEROSPACE ARM SEALS $350 MILLION ENGINE MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: ST Engineering

SINGAPORE - Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd's aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace) has signed an agreement for a six-year engine maintenance contract worth approximately US$350m (approximately S$472m) from India's second largest airline Jet Airways and its subsidiary JetLite.

ST Aerospace will provide an integrated suite of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, for the CFM56-7B engines which power both Jet Airways' and JetLite's fleet of Boeing 737-Next Generation aircraft. ST Aerospace will perform the off-wing engine maintenance support, on-wing services, as well as technical support, at its engine MRO facilities located in Singapore and Xiamen, China.

This contract extends an existing ten-year CFM56-7B engine maintenance agreement signed in 2010. This reinforces the strong partnership between ST Aerospace and Jet Airways, which started 22 years ago when ST Aerospace first provided component services to the latter's Boeing 737 Classic aircraft. Through the years, ST Aerospace's support to the airline grew beyond component services to cover airframe and engine services.

Source:  ST Engineering
Associated URL: stengg.com
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
BELL 525 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Source: 7/2/15

AMARILLO, Texas - Bell Helicopter announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless on July 1. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

"We have diligently executed our schedule to design, develop, build and test the aircraft, and look forward to the next phase of flight testing as we work towards certification," said Matt Hasik, executive vice president of commercial programs at Bell Helicopter. The Bell 525 was designed with input from Bell's Customer Advisory Panel as an aircraft to meet future requirements for operational safety, payload & range, cabin comfort and configuration and reliability. One of the unique characteristics of the Bell 525 is the ability to perform CAT-A takeoffs and landings, to and from a helipad at maximum gross weight. Even in the event that one of the two engines fails, the Bell 525 provides sufficient power to maintain occupant safety while lifting off with a single operational engine.

The Bell 525 is powered by General Electric CT7-2F1 turboshaft engines rated at 1,800 shp (1,342 kW).

With over 60 helicopters reserved under letters of intent, the Bell 525 is designed to provide operators and end users with a high level of situational awareness and the ability to perform a wide variety of missions under challenging weather conditions.

The first flight test started with taxi testing and maneuvers and then went into an initial hover, performing various hover maneuvers and then tested low speed handling qualities with winds gusting to 20 knots.

Source:  Bell Helicopter
Source Date: July 1, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
BOMBARDIER DELIVERS FIRST OF SEVEN CRJ900 AIRCRAFT TO MESA AIRLINES
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Source: Bombardier

MONTREAL - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first of seven CRJ900 aircraft to Mesa Air Group, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (Mesa Airlines). Mesa will operate the aircraft for American Airlines under the American Eagle brand. The aircraft delivered is one of a firm order for seven announced on March 12, 2015.

The CRJ900 delivery ceremony held today at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Quebec facility, was attended by executives of both Mesa Airlines and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The newly delivered aircraft increases Mesa’s fleet of CRJ900 regional jets to 58, reconfirming the airline’s standing as one of the largest operators of this aircraft model. Mesa’s new CRJ900 aircraft are configured with 76 seats in a dual-class interior. The airline also operates 20 CRJ700 aircraft with 70 seats in a three-class interior. By September 2015, Mesa’s currently scheduled deliveries will bring its regional jet fleet total to 115.

The CRJ900 is powered by two General Electric CF34-8C5 turbofans rated 59.4 kN (13,360 lbst) thrust at takeoff.

As of March 31, 2015, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,865 CRJ Series aircraft, including 391 CRJ900 aircraft.

Source:  Bombardier
Source Date: June 30, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 

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