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Farnborough, United Kingdom—July 2022
1k All the Way: AGSE™ Raises its Glass to Pratt & Whitney for a Triumphant 2022
1k All the Way: AGSE™ Raises its Glass to Pratt & Whitney for a Triumphant 2022
Farnborough, United Kingdom—July 2022

AGSE, a global leader in the original design and manufacture of OEM-approved, rugged, and superior functional line maintenance and shop engine GSE & Tooling, congratulates Pratt & Whitney on eclipsing 1,000 orders and commitments for its high-bypass PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (or GTF) engine program since the start of 2022. Powering some of the most favored narrowbody airliners in commercial aviation, such as the Airbus A320neo, Airbus A220, and Embraer E-Jets E2 family aircraft, the GTF has seen its popularity spike due to its pioneering sustainability advantages and attractive cost efficiency. GTF-powered planes significantly cut carbon dioxide emissions by up 20%, nitrogen oxides by up to 50%, and noise by up to 75%. The engine's carbon footprint can shrink further as it is currently certified for operation on 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a low-emission biofuel commonly produced with feedstock.

Since the engine's first run in 2007, AGSE has remained Pratt & Whitney's trusted manufacturer of ergonomic, user-friendly, and highly durable shipping stands to handle and transport its entire GTF family safely and efficiently. All AGSE GTF shipping stands include a shock-mounted transportation base to reduce vibration during engine transport, bootstrap adapters to simplify on-wing engine removal and installation, and Skydrol-resistant paint for lasting protection against corrosion. Over 1,000 of our GTF shipping stands now support global airlines, lessors, and engine shops with their most critical MRO operations.

AGSE is pleased to maintain its valued partnership with Pratt & Whitney for the next thousand GTF orders and beyond as the engine maker continues to set the stage for even more sustainable aviation technologies. Click here to read the story.

Dallas, Texas, USA—April 2022
AGSE™ and Pratt & Whitney Renew Licensing Agreement
AGSE™ and Pratt & Whitney Renew Licensing Agreement
Dallas, Texas, USA—April 2022

AGSE reinforced its decades-long relationship with Pratt & Whitney by inking a new five-year licensing agreement to support the engine manufacturer’s acclaimed PW4000 program as well as its JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, and PW6000 turbofan families, all used to power some of the most prominent commercial and military aircraft. The signing, held at Pratt & Whitney’s MRO Americas booth in Dallas on April 27th, was made official by Diane Morey-Henderson, President & CEO of AGSE, and Mark Freeman, Senior Director of Aftermarket Supply Chain for Pratt & Whitney.

“AGSE is proud of its longstanding relationship with Pratt & Whitney. This agreement allows us to continue designing and manufacturing quality ground support equipment for these highly durable and dependable engines,” said Morey-Henderson.

“We are excited to be able to continue to support our worldwide network of customers’ engine stand operational needs through our licensing agreement with AGSE,” said Freeman.

Since the first runs of these Pratt & Whitney engines, AGSE has delivered a plethora of reliable solutions for their secure handling, from shipping stands to lifting fixtures to bootstrap systems, all adopted by airlines, aircraft hangars, engine shops, and military bases. Like the PW4000 and its counterparts, these rugged, lasting, and superior functional solutions can accommodate an extensive range of applications, whether they are needed in support of quick engine change procedures or for the highest maintenance levels of engine disassembly.

To learn about AGSE and its OEM-approved GSE & Tooling for Pratt & Whitney engines and more, please visit www.agsecorp.com.

About the Companies

Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. Headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA, Pratt & Whitney supports more than 11,000 customers in 180 countries around the world.

AGSE is a global leader in the original design and manufacture of innovative aerospace ground support equipment and engine tooling for nearly 50 years. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, USA, AGSE delivers the most robust offering of OEM-approved GSE & Tooling in the aviation industry.

Dallas, Texas, USA—April 2022
AGSE™ Tips its Hat to MRO Americas 2022!
AGSE™ Tips its Hat to MRO Americas 2022!
Dallas, Texas, USA—April 2022

AGSE, a global leader in the original design and manufacture of innovative aerospace GSE & Tooling solutions, showcased its products and services from Booth #4847 at MRO Americas 2022. The three-day event was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, from April 26 to 28, 2022. Members of our Americas Sales and Executive Teams were on site to guide visitors through our wide selection of superior functional, OEM-approved equipment, from Engine Transport Stands to Gantry Systems to Line Maintenance Tooling, all for the industry’s top jet engine programs.

Organized by Aviation Week, MRO Americas is the largest aviation MRO event in the world. Professionals from airlines, OEMs, leasing companies, and MRO suppliers connected with over 600 solution providers, discussed key trends and topics in commercial aviation with expert panelists, and discovered the latest aircraft maintenance improvements for the United States Armed Forces in the bustling Military Pavilion.

AGSE was delighted to exhibit once again at MRO Americas in the Lone Star State and see our valued customers and colleagues from around the world. To discover more events where you can meet with members of our Global Sales Team, please click here!

Zürich, Switzerland—March 2022
AGSE’s GTF Shipping Stand a Welcome Addition to Helvetic Airways
AGSE’s GTF Shipping Stand a Welcome Addition to Helvetic Airways
Zürich, Switzerland—March 2022

For nearly two decades, Helvetic Airways, one of the world’s fast-growing regional airlines, has successfully operated flights to popular vacation destinations across Europe and North Africa. Its fleet of fuel-efficient, narrow-body Embraer E2 “Profit Hunter” aircraft, each powered by twin Pratt & Whitney PW1900G high-bypass PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (or GTF) engines, are stationed at Zürich Airport, a short drive away from the carrier’s headquarters in Kloten, Switzerland. To better expedite the critical engine changes needed to both minimize costs and keep these aircraft flying on schedule, Helvetic teamed with AGSE™, Pratt & Whitney’s preferred manufacturer of trusted and reliable engine transport stands for the entire GTF family.

A new AGSE-E277-G01 Transportation Stand, custom-designed to support the PW1900G engine, was delivered to Helvetic’s line maintenance hangar in Zürich and immediately put to work. Its rugged features include a shock-mounted transportation base that reduces vibration during transport of the engine, a steering and caster lift bar for enhanced ergonomics, and Skydrol-resistant paint for lasting protection against corrosion. In addition, adapters on its separable shipping cradle are compatible with Embraer-designated bootstrap systems to simplify the removal or installation of the engine from or on the aircraft wings.

AGSE is proud its OEM-approved GSE now plays a pivotal role in Helvetic Airway’s bustling line maintenance operation and remains committed to supporting its endeavors into the future. To learn more about the AGSE-E277-G01 Transportation Stand and all its benefits, please click here.

Los Angeles, California, USA—February 2022
Up & Running: Westmont’s Gantry System is a Critical Component of United Airlines’ New TOC!
Up & Running: Westmont’s Gantry System is a Critical Component of United Airlines’ New TOC!
Los Angeles, California, USA—February 2022

In late 2021, United Airlines proudly cut the ribbon on its $352 million technical operations center (TOC) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This state-of-the-art facility includes a training center for maintenance staff, sophisticated tracking systems to keep tabs on tooling, the latest safety and fire controls, and a 407,000 square foot hangar floor used to service the airliner’s extensive fleet of both narrowbody and widebody aircraft.

During the development of its TOC at LAX, United teamed with Westmont Industries, AGSE's parent company, to design, build, and install a 3-Bay Gantry System for the horizontal maintenance and repair of jet engines that power its fleet. Commencement of this project closely followed a successful installation of a similar Westmont gantry at United’s TOC in Houston, Texas, USA. Now complete, the ergonomic, user-friendly system can support one narrowbody and two widebody engines simultaneously, readily meeting the newly opened facility’s high levels of engine traffic.

Co-headquartered a short crosstown drive away from LAX, AGSE™ and Westmont remain honored to both continuously supply innovative, rugged, and long-lasting GSE & Tooling to United Airlines and take part in the airport’s ongoing renovation and modernization. Click here to learn more.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—February 2022
AGSE™ Shines in the City of Gold at MRO Middle East 2022!
AGSE™ Shines in the City of Gold at MRO Middle East 2022!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates—February 2022

AGSE, a leader in the original design and manufacture of innovative aerospace GSE & Tooling solutions, showcased its products and services from Booth #626 at MRO Middle East 2022. The two-day event was held in Sheikh Saeed Halls 2-3 of the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from February 22-23, 2022. Members of our Global Sales Team were onsite to guide visitors through our comprehensive range of superior functional, OEM-approved equipment, from Engine Transport Stands to Horizontal Engine Build & MRO Systems to Line Maintenance Tooling, all for the industry’s top jet engine programs.

Organized by Aviation Week, MRO Middle East provides a world-class venue for professionals at airlines, OEMs, leasing companies, and MRO service providers. It is ideal for senior-level attendees looking to grow their networks, explore new technologies, and learn from the most reputed experts in commercial aviation.

AGSE was excited to be a part of MRO Middle East and reconnect face-to-face with our valued customers and peers. To discover more events where you can meet with members of our Global Sales Team, please click here!

Boston, Massachusetts, USA—November 2021
General Electric to Make Aviation Its Main Focus
General Electric to Make Aviation Its Main Focus
Boston, Massachusetts, USA—November 2021

General Electric’s time-honored run as one of the United States’ top manufacturing conglomerates has reached yet another milestone as the company announced plans to split its three core businesses into separate publicly traded enterprises. GE Healthcare, a maker of MRIs and other hospital equipment, and GE Power, a producer of turbines for power plants and wind farms, will respectively spin-off in early 2023 and 2024, leaving GE Aviation as GE’s cornerstone operation. This unit, a key supplier to The Boeing Company, is globally renowned for building and maintaining a plethora of the most widely used jet engines in commercial aviation.

Since the development of its first wide-body aircraft engines, GE has not only adopted AGSE's custom-designed, superior functional GSE & Tooling for the safe and efficient handling of their high-bypass turbofans but also recommends our wide array of solutions to the industry’s top airlines, aircraft hangars, and engine shops. In addition, Westmont Industries, AGSE's parent company, maintains a successful track record with GE via the installation of overhead gantry systems, used for the horizontal build & MRO of all GE engines, at many of their production facilities around the world. Lastly, AGSE Tooling continues to serve as a trusted supplier of line maintenance and shop tooling for the LEAP program, a 50-50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, as well as CFM56 engines.

As GE takes on this fresh wave of strategic initiatives, AGSE™ is ready to provide its full support every step of the way to help the acclaimed engine manufacturer attain the next level of innovation and service. Read the full story by clicking here.

Amsterdam, Netherlands—October 2021
AGSE™ Exhibits its Latest GSE & Tooling Solutions at MRO Europe 2021!
AGSE™ Exhibits its Latest GSE & Tooling Solutions at MRO Europe 2021!
Amsterdam, Netherlands—October 2021

AGSE showcased its latest OEM-approved GSE & Tooling solutions from Booth #4097 at MRO Europe 2021. This two-day commercial air transport MRO event was held at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from October 20-21, 2021. Members of our European Sales Team guided visitors through our robust offering of custom-designed, superior functional equipment, from Shipping Stands to Overhead Gantries to Line Maintenance & Shop Tooling, all for the industry’s top jet engine programs.

Organized by Aviation Week, MRO Europe provides a world-class venue for those involved in the MRO sector to exchange ideas and best practices, share experiences, debate issues and challenges, and gather knowledge. It is strongly attended by professionals at airlines, OEMs, leasing companies, aviation authorities and regulators, and MRO service providers.

As live events return, AGSE is prouder than ever to sponsor major expos like MRO Europe and reconnect face-to-face with our valued customers and industry peers. To discover more events where you can meet with members of our Global Sales Team (LIVE!), please click here!

London, England—May 2021
AGSE-Westmont Commends GE Aviation for a Half-Century of Excellence with its CF6 Engine!
AGSE-Westmont Commends GE Aviation for a Half-Century of Excellence with its CF6 Engine!
London, England—May 2021

AGSE-Westmont, the global leader in the original design and manufacture of innovative aerospace ground support equipment, aircraft tooling, and high-quality specialty industrial equipment, applauds GE Aviation on reaching yet another milestone as its CF6 high-bypass turbofan engine enters 50 years of service. Originally developed for the first McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft, the CF6 steadily evolved to power longer-range flights for both commercial and military aircraft, including the Airbus A310, the Boeing 747-400, and the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy. Despite younger GE programs currently replacing it on some newer variant passenger aircraft, the CF6 recently experienced a surge of flight cycles for long-haul freight operators as demand for express delivery spiked during the height of the COVID pandemic. New CF6s, along with a dedicated network of qualified MRO services, carry on the legacy of GE's cornerstone wide-body engine by powering aircraft not limited to the latest Boeing 767s, the Airbus A330, and possibly the Antonov An-124 freighter.

Since the early stages of the CF6 program, GE has recommended AGSE's robust offering of GSE & Tooling solutions for the handling of these engines by airlines, aircraft hangars, and engine shops. Westmont, AGSE's parent company, has also maintained a successful track record of installing gantry systems used for the horizontal assembly of this engine and other GE platforms at multiple GE Aviation production facilities around the world. Like the CF6, these highly durable solutions can accommodate an extensive range of applications, from supporting quick engine change procedures to the highest maintenance levels of engine disassembly.

AGSE-Westmont is proud to have remained a trusted and reliable partner of GE Aviation throughout the development of its CF6 program and will continue to provide the necessary ground support equipment and technical services to keep these prominent workhorse engines in the air for decades to come! Click here to read the full story.

San Antonio, Texas, USA—March 2021
An Executive Action: AGSE Shipping Stands featured in The New Air Force One Documentary!
An Executive Action: AGSE Shipping Stands featured in The New Air Force One Documentary!
San Antonio, Texas, USA—March 2021

Ever since its call sign was created in 1953, no aircraft in the sky has been more important than Air Force One, transporting Presidents of the United States to some of the most dangerous destinations in the world. In 2017, the United States Air Force purchased two flight-tested but undelivered 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft from Boeing to be converted into The New Air Force One, replacing the aging and predominantly analog-controlled Boeing 747-200Bs that are currently in service.

To meet the compulsory security level of presidential aircraft, the Boeing 747-8s were required to undergo a thorough retrofitting of the latest telecommunications and security equipment at Boeing’s Rapid Response Modification Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The reconstruction also included an upgrade in the electrical power generators for the aircraft’s GEnx engines, as the power consumption on The New Air Force One would be much greater than a commercial Boeing 747. The engineering team managing this elaborate project deployed eight (8) AGSE 11C4349P01 (AGSE-E176-G03) Engine Transport Stands to assist in the removal of each aircraft’s existing GEnx-2B engines safely and efficiently, prior to replacing them with more energy-saving, higher thrust GEnx models.

AGSE thanks the United States Air Force for protecting our great nation as well as Boeing for placing trust in our ground support equipment for the most critical fleet on the planet. The National Geographic full documentary, The New Air Force One: Flying Fortress, can be viewed by clicking here (see one of our Shipping Stands in action at the 18:52 mark).

Lafayette, Indiana—November 2020
AGSE-Westmont Congratulates GE Aviation for Surpassing 5 Years of Operations at its Lafayette Engine Facility
AGSE-Westmont Congratulates GE Aviation for Surpassing 5 Years of Operations at its Lafayette Engine Facility
Lafayette, Indiana—November 2020

AGSE-Westmont, the global leader in the original design and manufacture of innovative aerospace ground support equipment, aircraft tooling, and high-quality specialty industrial equipment, salutes GE Aviation for eclipsing its fifth year of operation at its state-of-the-art production facility in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Opened on October 8, 2015, the 300,000 square foot plant originally concentrated on the final assembly of LEAP-1B engines, the core assembly of LEAP-1A engines, and LEAP Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services. Today, not only does this facility remain committed to the growth of the LEAP program, but to a new final assembly line for Passport engines as well.

During construction of the Lafayette plant, Westmont Industries, AGSE’s parent company, teamed with GE Aviation to install an overhead gantry system used to support horizontal engine assembly and engine MRO. This project was built upon Westmont’s track record of successful crane system installations at multiple GE Aviation facilities around the world. The original gantry system at Lafayette consisted of three transfer cranes and six workstations, but later expanded to twelve workstations in 2017.

AGSE-Westmont remains honored to have taken part in this facility’s journey through its first five years and wishes GE Aviation as well as the local Lafayette community continued growth and many more milestones for years to come! Click here to learn more.

Santa Fe Springs, California—September 2020
AGSE Adds New Features to its Website
AGSE Adds New Features to its Website
Santa Fe Springs, California—September 2020

Four new features are now available on the AGSE website under the Company tab, providing additional insight into the organization’s history, product offerings, quality standards, and customer feedback.

The interactive Company Timeline page covers AGSE’s accomplishments by decade, from its founding in 1973 to its current standing as a trusted and reliable GSE & Tooling source.

With a simple click on the Our Products button, visitors can discover a summarized breakdown of all AGSE solutions and how their GSE or aviation transport needs may be fulfilled. This page also references some of the top engine programs supported by our select OEM-approved products.

Downloadable documents under our Company Certifications page substantiate AGSE’s adherence to Quality Management System standards (ISO 9001:2015) at both our headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, California, USA and our Tooling division in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Lastly, the Testimonials page discloses what our customers are saying about our products and services, highlighting the value that AGSE has delivered to their business.

Explore these new features by clicking here.

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