Fly On! Celebrating One Million Hours in Flight
A commercial jet engine is typically in service for more than 25 years. Now, that’s a lot of hours of flight! So it should come as no surprise, then, that the Middle East and North Africa’s leading low-cost carrier Air Arabia and CFM International celebrated the achievement of one million engine flight hours with the airline’s fleet of CFM56-5B engines last week.
Today, Air Arabia operates a fleet of 32 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 family aircrafts. Mr. Adel Abdullah Ali, Air Arabia’s Chief Executive Officer had these warm words to share: “Air Arabia enjoys a long track record of operational excellence and we remain focused on offering the best value to our customers combined with excellent operational performance. This means a world track record in utilization of our resources, including the Airbus A320 aircraft powered by the state-of the art CFM56 engines.”
And to soar above even its one-millionth flight hour milestone, the Air Arabia CFM56-5B engines have also been awarded TRUEngine status. The TRUEngine designation serves as a method for identifying engines with CFM-approved content and facilitates product support of the engine system.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement, we congratulate all the hardworking Air Arabia maintenance crews. As Jean-Paul Ebanga, President & CEO of CFM International says: “We build the most reliable engines in the air, but we know it is the maintenance crews at our airline customers that keep them flying.”
Air Arabia currently operates a total fleet of 33 new Airbus A320 aircraft, serving 85 routes from three hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The airline has carried a record 32 million passengers since its launch and more than 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.