BANGKOK (Thai Airways) - Today, at Thai Airways International Public Company Limited's Head Office, Mr. Somchainuk Engtrakul, THAI's Board Member acting as President, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Sisir Padhy, General Manager, GE Engine Services to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, and a world class CF6 maintenance provider.
Mr. Somchainuk Engtrakul, THAI's Board Member acting as President, said THAI and GE Engine Services have been working in close cooperation for many years on numerous successful programs, the latest being the GEES/THAI On-Site Warehouse at our Technical Department at Bangkok International Airport. This on-site warehouse improves the overall efficiency of THAI Technical Department's CF6 Repair and Overhaul Shop by allowing THAI to purchase engine parts only as and when needed.
THAI was the launch operator of the CF6-80C2 engine in 1985, and today operates over 100 CF6 engines. With the support of GE Engine Services, over the years we have developed the THAI Engine Shop to the highest standards, and we are now ready to join with GE Engine Services to become the GE Engine Services Approved CF6 Center of Excellence in the region.
Dr. Sisir Padhy, General Manager, GE Engine Services, said that under the terms of the MOU, GE will provide technical and marketing support to enable the THAI Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility at Don Muang Airport in Thailand to become a GE Approved CF6 Center of Excellence, whereby the facility will provide world-class maintenance and overhaul services to operators of CF6-50 and CF6-80 engines around the world. GE will also establish an on-site logistic center to enable THAI's MRO facility to have access to GE parts and materials.
"Today a Memorandum of Understanding will mark the next step, an even closer cooperation between THAI and the GE Engine Services Logistic Center at our Technical Department with GE Engine Services training courses to increase skills and capabilities, together with joint marketing. As a result of this close cooperation both GE Engine Services and THAI can look forward to even more success in the future," said Mr. Supachai Limpisvasti, Managing Director, THAI's Technical Department.