Garuda Indonesia, CFM sign MOU for Comprehensive Support of CFM56-7B EnginesJakarta, Indonesia - Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's national airline, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CFM International for the long-term support of the CFM56-7B engines powering the airline's fleet of 63 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Under the terms of the potential 15-year Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) contract, CFM would provide comprehensive engine maintenance service and guarantee maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.
"This partnership is a concrete manifestation of long-term support for Garuda and for our fleet revitalization program," said Emirsyah Satar, president & CEO of Garuda Indonesia. "This agreement shows the trust and appreciation that CFM and its parent companies, GE and Snecma, have for our airline, as well as their whole-hearted support of our successful turn-around and business transformation. This partnership will also bring benefit to the Garuda fleet by having a high quality standard for engine performance and efficient operation through predictive maintenance costs."
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As part of the proposed contract, CFM and Garuda's Maintenance arm, GMF Aero Asia will jointly develop overhaul capability for the CFM56-7B engine. Once capable, Garuda's CFM56-7B engine overhauls will be undertaken by GMF as part of the RPFH agreement. The development of CFM56-7B overhaul capability by GMF and CFM will increase the competency of the Indonesian aviation industry in supporting the country's significant domestic air transportation growth.
Garuda Indonesia is a long-time CFM customer and began operating the CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737-300 in the late 1990s. Today, the airline's fleet includes approximately 75 CFM-powered 737 aircraft in service or on order. The airline operates 81 new modern aircraft; and serves 32 domestic and 17 international destinations including Asia (China and Japan), Australia, the Middle East, and Europe (Amsterdam). By 2015, the airline will operate a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.
Source : Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)