Engine MRO Agreements: Helping Manage Total Cost of Ownership
There are many ways that airlines can reduce the total cost of ownership for their fleets: fly more efficient engines and airplanes, optimize flight planning, and install tip-to-tail aircraft sensors to alert them early to any maintenance concerns. But perhaps one of the most important is the careful year-in and year-out maintenance of aircraft engines.
At last week’s Paris Air Show, Qatar Airways announced just such an arrangement, with the signing of a 10-year maintenance cost-per-hour agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of its CF6-80E engines. These engines are helping powering its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft.
The agreement means that GE Aviation will use its MRO expertise in the CF6 engine line, which continues to be the cornerstone of the wide-body turbofan engine business at GE, to help optimize Qatar Airways’ operations and lower its total cost of ownership.
In fact, the GE CF6 family took to the skies in 1971, and the remarkable achievement is that the engine line remains in production today — 40 years later — and production is projected to continue through 2024. To date, 7,000 CF6 engine are in service, with over 250 operators in 87 countries. An astonishing 67% of all the CF6 engines delivered are still in service today.