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Monday, August 2, 2004

Doing Business - The Vendor's Corner

  • Raytheon Aircraft has hired PFSweb [PFSW] to provide fulfillment support services at the Raytheon parts distribution center in Grapevine, Texas. PFSweb will be installing its proprietary warehouse management system in the 205,000-square-foot Raytheon facility. PFSweb's 75 employees will handle more than 60,000 different parts for Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.
  • Rival regional aircraft builders, Embraer [ERJ] and ATR, agreed to cooperate in AEROChain, an online platform for the sales of ATR spare parts and technical publications. These two services are expected to go live this month. ATR said the agreement to use Embraer's system is a starting point for future projects with the aim to improve customer service.
  • Euro Telematik, based in Ulm, Germany, has delivered several CDTI-2000 multi-purpose and traffic information displays for Air Greenland's Dash-7 and Sikorsky S61 fleet. For this order, the system has been enhanced to allow two-way message and data exchange between the airline's operations center and the flight crew via a digital VHF data link.
  • Saab Aircraft Leasing will deliver a Saab 340A to Empire Airways of Farmingdale, N.Y. The plane will be used for group charters and corporate shuttles. The 30-seat Saab will join a fleet that consists of two BAe Jetstream 31s.
  • McKechnie Aerospace Aftermarket Group signed a contract to be the exclusive distributor of Dynatech Aerospace products. The pact will enable McKechnie to provide one-stop service to operators of V2500, CFM-56, CF6 and PW4000 engines.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)awarded a $13.5 million contract to Computer Sciences tobegin upgrading the agency's automated air traffic management system at more than 70 FAA centers around the country. The FAA also selected Oracle to create precise electronic maps of the skies. These highly complex geographic information systems provide pilots with instrument flight procedures to help them safely navigate airspace.
  • Express One International, an FAA- certified air carrier, has acquired Central Florida Air Maintenance. Providing aircraft maintenance and repair services for over 17 years, Central Florida, based at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, will continue in its role as a certified MRO as well as serving as the principal maintenance base for the airline's fleet of regional aircraft.
  • Embraer [ERJ] recently honored seven companies with its supplier of the year awards based on their efforts to improve the efficiency of Embraer's aircraft development and manufacturing. Those honored include VSMPO TiRus, raw materials; Stanley Aviation, hardware; Eldec-Crane Aerospace, electronics; Smith Aerospace, mechanical; Goodyear Tire and Rubber, material support; Hamilton Sundstran, technical support; and C&D Aerospace, for both interiors and program development.
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