Vantaa, Finland-based Finnair airline will use software by Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes company, to plan its ground operations workforce. This covers rostering for more than 1,350 employees in maintenance, customer services, cargo handling, and catering. The software can schedule shift preferences, labor regulations, and vacation leave.

ExxonMobil extends grease shelf life

The shelf life of Mobilgrease 33 and Mobilgrease 28 aviation airframe greases has been extended to 10 years from 6 years. Laboratory testing indicated that both greases can maintain their properties and performance benefits for up to a decade.

Mobilgrease 28, a polyalphaolefin (PAO), clay-based multi-purpose airframe and wheel bearing grease, lubricates plain and rolling bearings at low to high speeds; and splines, screws, worm gears, and other mechanisms where high-friction reduction, low-wear, and low-lubricant friction losses are required. It resists deterioration when exposed to wide-ranging temperatures and meets military and commercial aviation specifications, including MIL-PRF-81322G, DOD-G-24508A, Amendment 4, and NATO G-395.

Mobilgrease 33, a BMS3-33 multi-purpose airframe grease, is formulated with PAO base oils and lithium complex soap. The ester-free formulation resists thermal and oxidative degradation, protects against hydrolysis, and performs at low temperatures and in wet environments. It meets performance requirements including Airbus AIMS09-06-002, Boeing BMS 3-33B Type 1, MIL-PRF-23827C, Amendment 2, Type I, NATO G-354, and SAE AMS3052.

S7 Airlines signs 12-year Pratt & Whitney engine agreement

Officials at S7 Airlines agreed to a 12-year Pratt & Whitney EngineWise fleet management program for 30 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) PW1100G-JM engines.

The agreement allows S7 Airlines, which received GTF-powered A320neo aircraft in July 2017, to manage its fleet using real-time data analytics.

Derco renewed as authorized distributor for Triumph Engine Control Systems

Lockheed Martin’s Derco company has extended its agreement with Triumph Engine Control Systems as the distributor of pump assembly spares for the 54H60 propeller system by five years. Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Derco will continue to distribute spares in support of C-130 and P-3 international operations.

In addition, Derco is the authorized distributor of the 54H60 propellers used on Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft. Renewing Derco’s authorization as a Triumph pump assembly distributor means customers can have one source for distribution and repair of propellers and propeller systems.;

CFM to support SKY Airlines’ LEAP-1A fleet

Chile’s Sky Airline has agreed to a 12-year rate per flight hour (RFPH) deal with CFM International to support LEAP-1A engines powering the airline’s fleet of 21 leased Airbus A320neo aircraft. The agreement is valued at about $600 million, including spare engines.

The leased aircraft are scheduled for delivery between Q3 2018 and 2021. CFM will provide engine maintenance on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

Boeing to overhaul, exchange landing gear for Cathay Pacific Airways

During the Dubai Airshow, Cathay Pacific Airways reached an agreement to support its 747-8 freighter fleet through the Boeing Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program.

The 14 aircraft will receive overhauled and certified landing gear as well as aircraft-on-ground (AOG) coverage.

Through the Boeing Global Services program, landing gear to be repaired or overhauled can be exchanged for another set of certified landing gear from a pool that Boeing maintains, eliminating the need for customers to contract, schedule, and manage the overhaul process.