PAMA Mx News Watch
Feb. 18, 2015

Snecma and Max Aerospace form engine MRO in India
Aviation International News
France's Snecma and India's Max Aerospace have finalized an agreement to form an aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul operation called Maxaero Aircraft Engines Pvt Ltd. The partners claim that the operation, which is set to start during the second quarter of 2015, will be India's first privately owned engine MRO joint venture. Initially, MAEPL will provide line support for the Snecma M53 engines that power Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters operated by India's air force. The service has indicated that it plans to outsource more maintenance work.More

Avionics industry leader: FAA mandate will cost aircraft owners, add jobs
The Wichita Eagle
The head of an avionics industry trade group told a Wichita, Kansas, audience that a federal rule for all aircraft flying in controlled airspace to be equipped with new GPS-based identification technology in the next five years will have significant impact. Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association, said at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon that the Federal Aviation Administration's automatic dependent surveillance broadcast, or ADS-B, mandate will mean safer skies, and more jobs for avionics repair shops.More

Is MRO staff shortage jeopardizing aviation safety? via Aviation Pros
Despite the recent downturn in the aviation industry and the resulting drop in the number of operating airlines, the global fleet keeps growing further thus increasing the pressure on the aircraft maintenance segment. For instance, American Airlines has been recently rumored to have instructed their mechanics to commit fraud and disregard certain safety precautions. Although these allegations have yet to be proven or dismissed, few could deny the fact that the ongoing pressure to squeeze costs has been a major task set for industry players in the recent years.More

Risk analysis and staying informed can help MRO businesses conquer
Intelligent Aerospace
If you've been keeping up with conversations around the hangar, you've likely noticed all the talk these days about supply-chain management in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul. Supply-chain management techniques, including supply-chain mapping and risk analysis, have emerged as major contributors to efficient aviation maintenance and repair.More

United says it has tentative deal to outsource ramp jobs
The Associated Press via Aviation Pros
United Airlines said Friday that it has a tentative agreement with a union to outsource about 1,150 airport jobs while sparing another 800 positions. The airline said that it plans to hire contractors to provide the work at 16 airports but will continue to use United employees for some or all of the work at 12 others. Last month, the airline said it was considering outsourcing up to 2,000 airport jobs, including baggage handlers and customer-service agents. More

Inside American Airlines' new long-haul dreamliners
American Airlines has revealed the interiors of its new 787-8 Dreamliner, destined for international service between Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Beijing Capital International Airport beginning on June 2. Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, the aircraft seats 28 business class passengers in fully lie-flat forward-and rear-facing nested seats. The cabin is arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, giving every passenger aisle access. More