Dubai Airshow 2017: Boosting Growth in the Air and on the Ground
GE and its joint venture company CFM International announced agreements during Dubai Airshow 2017 that will help the Middle East and North African aviation industry gain altitude, both in the air and on the ground.
CFM’s LEAP-1A aircraft engines were central to announcements by both Bahrain-based Gulf Air and Cairo-based EGYPTAIR. Gulf Air agreed to purchase 58 of the engines to power 17 Airbus A321neo and 12 A320neo aircraft, as well as an additional seven spare engines to support fleet operations.
Gulf Air, which is one of the Middle East’s longest-running commercial airlines, also signed a 10-year Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) agreement, which guarantees maintenance costs for all of Gulf Air’s LEAP-1A engines on a dollar-per-engine-flight-hour basis.
“I am pleased to call CFM International Gulf Air’s partner of choice as we move ahead with our long-term plans to shape the future trajectory of our carrier,” said Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alalawi.
The growing fleet is part of the airline’s long-term expansion to meet future network requirement.
The second LEAP-1A announcement was from EGYPTAIR, which said it would lease 15 new Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by the LEAP-1A engine from AerCap Holdings. EGYPTAIR is a long-time CFM customer and currently operates a fleet of 26 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing Generation 737-800 aircraft
Also announced during the airshow was the signing of a Teaming Agreement that has important implications for Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision and its in-Kingdom value-creation goals. GE Aviation and Saudi-based Middle East Propulsion Company will establish engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the T700-701A, T700-701C, and T700-701D helicopter and fixed-wing engines.
Under the agreement, GE Aviation will support MEPC to develop a T700 depot-level maintenance facility that will use its new in-house piece-part repair capability to establish a comprehensive “one stop support shop”. This will be the Kingdom’s first depot-level supplier of MRO services for T700 engines.
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