GOL Airlines certifies CFM56-7B fleet for TRUEngine Program

Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. is the latest CFM customer to become part of TRUEngine, qualifying CFM56-7B engines in its fleet for the program.

The TRUEngine designation serves as a method for identifying engines with CFM-approved content and facilitates product support of the engine system.  Moreover, industry stakeholders can use the knowledge of engine content to evaluate engine value and re-marketability.

GOL has been a CFM customer since it began operations in January 2001.  In the last decade it has become one of the world’s most profitable low-cost carriers. The airline currently operates more than 810 flights daily on 63 domestic Brazilian routes and 13 internationaldestinations. Its current fleet consists of 123 CFM56-7-powered 737-700/-800 aircraft with 90 additional airplanes on order.

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"To be part of the TRUEngine program is a proof of Maintenance Quality and Efficiency”, said Alberto Correnti, Maintenance & Engineering Director for GOL Airlines. “By joining the program, GOL Airlines express once more the ability for innovation. The TRUEngine program assures all CFM56 maintenanceaspects incorporation that fits perfectly with the company’s commitment to fleet standardization, not limited to equipment but also, reaching the entire engine management process. The TRUEngine program provides excellence on engine maintenance and can contribute more to the company goals that are safety and intelligence managing our business”.

Since CFM launched the program in 2008, CFM has continued to enhance the program to bring added customer value.  One such enhancement includes the addition of cumulative lease days that qualify customers for complimentary annual spare engine support from the CFM lease pool in the event a TRUEngine qualified engine has an unscheduled removal.

“On behalf of the entire CFM team, I welcome GOL to the TRUEngine family,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We have had an outstanding relationship with this airline from its inception and are pleased that they will reap the extensive benefits of the TRUEngine program as theycontinue to operate one of the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleets in the region.”

Source: GE Aviation
Date: Jul 12, 2012