Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist SR Technics plans to build a new facility at Malta International Airport, with construction commencing soon, and to begin operating there in an existing hangar in the third quarter of this year. It hopes to benefit from lower labor costs in the region and from its location which gives the Switzerland-based group a foothold in the European Union.
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GE Aircraft Engines plans to build 100 GEnx engines this year and double that number next year, as the company accelerates production to meet a demand for 700 units from now through 2013. Now flying engines on the Boeing 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, GE–as of June 1–had built 28 GEnx-2Bs for the Boeing 747-8 and some 20 for the GEnx-1Bs for the 787.
CFM International has completed the second phase of testing of the Leap-X core demonstrator known as eCore 1. This means that all three major elements of the first core–the turbine, the combustor and the compressor– have undergone evaluation. The results, according to Leap program director Ron Klapproth, have matched or exceeded all the company’s early projections, leaving the program on schedule for certification in late 2014.
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.
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 ahe
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.