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Bombardier appoints GMR Aero Technic Ltd as authorised service facility

HYDERABAD: GMR Aero Technic Ltd, a GMR Group firm, today said Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has appointed it as ‘authorised service facility’ for its Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Under the agreement, which takes effect immediately, GMR Aero Technic will offer Bombardier customers the full range of line and heavy maintenance services from its facilities located at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, GMR said in a press release.

GMR owns a 27,300 sq mt (294,000 sq ft) state-of-the-art Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at the airport. It has been certified by European Aviation Safety Agency for line maintenance, and by EASA and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA, India) for heavy maintenance.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Vice President, Customer Services, Todd Young said GMR Aero Technic has a great reputation and is well positioned to meet the needs of customers.

“We’re very pleased to welcome GMR Aero Technic on-board as one of our trusted Authorised Service Facilities – the first in India to provide local Q400 aircraft operators, as well as those in the surrounding regions with maintenance expertise,” Young said.

“Over the last four years, we have been assisting our airline customers with exceptional customer care and expertise. We are excited to be working side-by-side with Bombardier to extend our services to its Q400 aircraft customers,” Chief Executive Officer, GMR Aero Technics Ltd, Uday Naidu.

Currently, there are more than 340 Bombardier commercial aircraft in service with, or ordered by, customers and operators in Asia, the release said.

European Union regulator to approve Boeing 737 MAX flights next week

PARIS: The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) plans to authorise the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again next week, 22 months after the plane was grounded following two fatal crashes.

“For us, the MAX will be able to fly again starting next week,” after publication of a directive clearing the jet, EASA director Patrick Ky said in a video conference.

“We have reached the point where our four main demands have been fulfilled,” Ky said during the conference, organised by the German association of aviation journalists.

The MAX was grounded in March 2019 after two crashes that together killed 346 people — the 2018 Lion Air disaster in Indonesia and an Ethiopian Airlines crash the following year.

Investigators said a main cause of both crashes was a faulty flight handling system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.

Meant to keep the plane from stalling as it ascends, the automated system instead forced the nose of the plane downward.

The findings plunged Boeing into crisis, with more than 650 orders for the 737 MAX cancelled since last year.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered Boeing to revamp the jet and implement new pilot training protocols, before finally approving the plane for a return to service in November.

Ky had already indicated in October that EU approval was likely after Boeing promised a new sensor would be added to prevent the type of problems that caused the 737 crashes.