Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet has awarded a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract to Snecma for the CFM56-7B engines that power its Boeing Business Jets. Snecma has had an established relationship with the charter operator for eight years.
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GE Canada has announced that its GE Aviation business is planning to invest $63.5 million over the next six years to diversify its product line at the GE Aviation manufacturing plant in Bromont, Québec. The company is also receiving financial assistance of up to $13.3 million from the Strategic Support for Investment managed by Investissement Québec.
The crash of an Indian Navy trainer and lackluster attendance cast a pall over what attendees might otherwise have remembered as a commercially productive India Aviation 2010 airshow, held March 3 to 7 in Hyderabad. In fact, the show provided a stage for a series of important commercial developments, led by the opening of a new CFM56 Training Center in the host city.
CFM International today formally opened a new CFM56 training center in Hyderabad, India, satisfying a commitment made to its customers in 2007. The Hyderabad complex–the fourth such engine maintenance training center for CFM56 customers worldwide–holds the capacity to train 500 engineers annually and mirrors facilities in China, France, and the U.S.
Airliner maintenance group SR Technics (Stand CO1) has managed to bring the turnaround time for CFM56 engine overhaul down to 45 days. In January the first engine to be completed under its newly streamlined maintenance process was returned to German airline Hapag Lloyd Flug.
CFM International has said its new CFM56-7BE turbofan, which will have a 2-percent fuel-burn improvement over current production engines, is “progressing on schedule” and will start a 150-hour certification block-test to “triple redline conditions” within “the next few weeks.” This will lead to a 50-hour flight test program on General Electric’s flying test bed aircraft later this year, with flight tests on a Boeing 737NG due in early 2011 ah
CFM International continues to work “on a daily basis” with Boeing and Airbus on new engine applications for the 737 and A320 families, according to Eric Bachelet, president and CEO of the General Electric-Snecma joint venture.
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.
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.