Major Milestone: Celebrating 500,000 Flight Hours
Imagine flying around the world in a commercial jet … not just once, but 10,000 times. If you never stopped for fuel, it would take you about 500,000 hours – the equivalent of nearly 21,000 days or 57 years. So no wonder CFM International and flydubai recently celebrated the airline’s achievement of 500,000 engine flight hours with its fleet of CFM56-7B engines.
That’s a lot of hours in the air carrying passengers. In fact, flydubai’s CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith noted during the celebration that the engines’ reliability and efficiency “is a key component of our operations.”
In addition to achieving the 500,000 hour-flight milestone, flydubai is also the 100th customer to join the TRUEngine program, qualifying all of its CFM56-7B engines. The TRUEngine designation serves as a method for identifying engines with CFM-approved content, facilitates product support and helps establish engine value and re-marketability.
Flydubai has been a CFM customer since the airline launched in mid-2009 and currently operates a fleet of 36 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Building on this relationship, the airline has announced an order for up to 200 LEAP-1B engines to power Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, in addition to ordering 22 additional CFM56-7BE engines to power Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.
CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, is the world’s largest supplier of commercial aircraft engines. To date, more than 26,250 CFM56 engines have been delivered to approximately 530 operators around the globe.
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