A CFM56-7B powering a Boeing Next-Generation 737 for German holiday airline TUIfly has logged more than 40,000 hours on wing without a single removal, setting anew record for this engine model. The engine, which also powers the BBJ, was installed in February 1999 and has logged 40,654 flight hours and more than 14,000 flight cycles.
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Libyan Airlines on Sunday selected the CFM56-5B engine to provide power for seven A320s it has on firm order, and five more on which it has options. The firm engine order is valued at approximately $95 million and the airline is scheduled to begin taking delivery in mid-2010. “We are pleased to announce the selection of the highly reliable CFM56-5B/3 engines to power this new Airbus A320 order,” said Libyan Airlines CEO Capt. Mohamed Ibsem.
French engine maker Snecma (Stand W420) and Baynuna Aviation Technology (BAT), a Abu Dhabi-based defense company, have formed a joint venture called Snecbat Engine Technologies, which will also be based in Abu Dhabi. Snecbat’s capabilities are to include civil and military engines services.
Sharjah-based Aerostar Asset Management and Air India Engine Overhaul Division in Mumbai, India, have announced the creation of an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul brand, “The A-Team.” It also will provide engine management services. The A-Team will start with marketing its offers to Middle Eastern prospects.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), has signed an agreement with CFM International to establish a new CFM56 maintenance training center to support its customers in the South Asian region. GMR Group is a Bangalore-based global infrastructure conglomerate with interests in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure.
The design of new airframes always depends heavily on availability of new engine types. The very light jet segment, for example, had to wait until engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney Canada and Williams International designed smaller engines to power a new class of light jet, and the same is true on the upper end of the market, with new large jets spurring development of ever more powerful and efficient turbofans.
Canadian air carrier WestJet is the launch customer for StandardAero’s latest expansion. The contract calls for the MRO to work on the CFM56-7B engines for the airline’s 81 Boeing Next Generation 737s; the number of airplanes is expected to reach 135 by 2016. The exclusive 12-year OnPoint contract is valued at more than $850 million.
General Electric (GE) has purchased a 51-percent share of Airfoil Technologies International Singapore, a joint venture between GE and Teleflex, for $300 million in cash. GE previously held a 49-percent share in the company. ATI Singapore, which started operations in 1998, is a repair facility for compressor airfoils.
Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) will take a central role in maintaining General Electric engines–including those ordered by Etihad Airways here at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. ADAT, which is part of the Mubadala group, has also entered into an agreement with International Aero Engines (IAE) to become the first IAE-approved shop for V2500-A5 and V2500 SelectOne engines.
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