Boeing Global Services and the Canadian government have agreed to extend a performance-based logistics contract to support the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The 5-year, $313 million follow-on contract covers full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics, and training services.

Through this contract, Boeing will continue to work with companies across Canada in support of the country’s Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy, which supports long-term opportunities for the Canadian aerospace industry and workforce. Currently, Boeing works with nearly 560 Canadian suppliers, and the company employs approximately 2,000 skilled workers throughout the country. www.boeing.com

GE gets American Airlines’ Dreamliner MRO agreement

American Airlines has a TrueChoice overhaul agreement with GE for up to 20 years of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) for the GEnx-1B engines ordered to power its 47 newly ordered Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

TrueChoice overhaul provides time and material overhauls with tailored work-scopes specific to shop visit objectives, economic priorities, and ownership horizon for one engine or a fleet. www.geaviation.com

From left: Alan Jones, general manager, Material Solutions, GE Aviation; Chai Weixi, senior vice president, Air China & chairman of the Board, SSAMC; Madam Yu Bin, deputy director of Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce: Olivier Andriès, CEO, Safran Aircraft Engines; and Francois Planaud, vice president, Material Services, Safran Aircraft Engines.

MRO facility adds LEAP capability

Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Co. (SSAMC), the 60/40 joint venture between the Chinese national flag carrier Air China and CFM International, has inaugurated a 43,880m2 facility, expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year.

Located in the Chengdu Free Trade Zone, the largest CFM engine maintenance facility in Asia benefits from standards in equipment and layout.

Olivier Andriès, CEO of CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines, says, “The quality of the work and turnaround times this facility has achieved prepares it well for future LEAP MRO capability as this engine continues the fastest fleet ramp-up in aviation history.”

Since it was established in 2010, SSAMC has serviced more than 1,000 CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-7 engines for more than 40 customers throughout Asia. SSAMC has been certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Air China operates a fleet of nearly 250 CFM-powered aircraft, including the Airbus A320, Boeing Next Generation 737, and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. www.cfmaeroengines.com; https://tinyurl.com/y9rsovln

Fiberglass-reinforced utility knife

The XH-AL 25mm fiberglass-reinforced auto-lock utility knife’s cushioned rubber grip extends the full length of the chemical-resistant handle and stainless-steel blade channel. The knife cuts gaskets, flexible conduit, belt synthetics, rope, leather, laminates, plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and textiles. Each 25mm black blade contains seven cutting edges – each snaps off the blade for a fresh cutting edge. www.olfa.com

Diehl Aerosystems launches Charleston support service

Diehl Aerosystems has launched On-Site-Support Service (OSS) in Charleston, South Carolina, adjacent to Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner final assembly line. In a newly refurbished facility run by service supplier Vartan, the Diehl OSS includes a local commercial representative and support staff to deliver just-in-time support to Boeing. The facility can expand to support warehousing and kitting or higher capacity.

Diehl will provide cabin interior lighting, cabin lining packages, and supporting sub-structures for the 787-10 Dreamliner. www.diehl.com/aerosystems