Phoenix (PRATT & WHITNEY) - Air France Industries, a world-leading multi-product aircraft maintenance (MRO) provider, and the Engine Alliance have signed an Industrial Cooperation Agreement for Air France Industries to operate as a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) center for the GP7000 engine, the best-selling powerplant for the Airbus A380.
Air France, which has ordered GP7000-powered A380s, will start with partial GP7000 service capability next year when the engine enters into service, and ramp up to engine overhaul capability as the fleet grows. The Engine Alliance will provide Air France Industries with a technology package to fulfill its MRO role. Air France Industries and the Engine Alliance will offer customer and product support services, supply chain management, logistics for component repair as well as LRU support.
Air France Industries’ capabilities, with its location in proximity to several of the Engine Alliance GP7000 -powered A380 operators will help GP7000 customers to reduce operating and overhaul costs and resolve logistics issues. The GP7000 overhaul and repair agreement strengthens Air France Industries’ strategy and leadership to provide MRO services for the large engine segment, which was launched on the GE90-115B engine.
The GP7200 engine received FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 33 certification from the U.S Federal Aviation Administration in December 2005 and is preparing for flight tests aboard the A380 later this year. The engines are scheduled to enter service in 2007.
The GP7000 engine has been selected for 72 of the 130 A380 aircraft ordered with the engines specified. In addition to Air France, Emirates, FedEx, International Lease Finance Corporation and Korean Air have selected the GP7000 engine for their A380 fleets, resulting in firm orders for 320 engines valued at more than $3 billion.
Air France Industries partnering with KLM Engineering & Maintenance are world-leading MRO providers offering outstanding repair capability, integration expertise, component pool operational support and a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 900 aircraft and serve close to 150 international airlines.
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