Air India Signs Agreement To Become GEnx Service Provider

Written by thomas · Filed Under Commercial 

March 9, 2010


HYDERABAD, INDIA – March 4, 2010 – GE Aviation and India’s national
carrier Air India have signed a GE Branded Services Agreement (GBSA)
under which GE Aviation will provide technical support as Air India
offers maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B
engine and further advances its plans to become a global MRO service

Under the GBSA, Air India will be licensed to perform maintenance and
overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine. GE will provide Air India with
assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses,
comprehensive material support and training.

The GEnx-1B engine will power Boeing’s 787 aircraft. Air India has 27
GEnx-1B-powered Boeing 787 aircraft ordered.

Air India has been overhauling jet engines for more than four decades.
During this time, Air India has handled various jet engine models and
has acquired expertise in overhauling jet engines at low cost while
maintaining high standards of quality.  The facility not only caters to
the entire widebody aircraft of Air India consistently, but also carries
out  third party work for customers situated all across the globe.

“Air India envisages a state-of-the-art facility catering to GE90 and
GEnx engines, including a new engine test facility. Our strong
collaboration with GE will enhance the visibility of the facility in the
world and will result in India becoming one of the major engine MRO
players. Further, advanced repair technology will also come to the
country by way of this agreement,” said Arvind Jadhav, Chairman and
Managing Director, Air India.”

“GE Aviation is excited to work with Air India as it expands its MRO
capabilities to the GEnx-1B engine,” said Tom Gentile, president and
chief executive officer of GE Aviation Services. “Air India will offer
OEM material and overhaul support to GEnx-1B engine customers in the
region to help them keep their engines in top condition.”

With about 1,300 engines sold to date, the GEnx is the fastest-selling
engine in GE’s history Based on the proven architecture of the GE90, the
GEnx engine will succeed GE’s CF6 engine. Compared to the CF6 engine,
the GEnx engine will offer 15 percent improved fuel efficiency, which
translates to 15 percent less CO2. The engine achieves these
improvements with aerodynamic advancements that enable higher pressures
and improved energy extraction from a more compact core architecture
that has significantly fewer parts.

The GEnx’s innovative twin-annular pre-swirl, TAPS, combustor will
dramatically reduce NOx gases as much as 60 percent below today’s
regulatory limits and other regulated gases as much as 90 percent. Based
on the ratio of decibels to pounds of thrust, the GEnx will be the
quietest engine GE has produced due to the large, more efficient fan
blades that operate at a slower tip speed, resulting in about 30 percent
lower noise levels. The GEnx will be the world’s only jet engine with
both a front fan case and fan blades made of carbon fiber composites.
Using the same material on the fan case and fan blades enables more
precise thermal matching, further enhancing aerodynamic efficiency.
Learn more about the GEnx engine by visiting:

IHI of Japan, Avio SpA. of Italy, Volvo Aero of Sweden, MTU of Germany,
TechSpace Aero of Belgium, Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France and Samsung
Techwin of Korea are revenue-sharing participants in the GEnx program.

Air India is the pioneer airline in India and has been in operation
since 1932. The airline operated its first international flight in June
1948.  Air India, which is inducting new aircraft to modernize its fleet
and expand operations, has 159 aircraft, including the state-of-the-art
Boeing 777s, Airbus A321s, Airbus A319s and Boeing 737-800 in its fleet.
Boeing 787 aircraft are expected to join the fleet in 2011. Air India
flies to 62 destinations in India and 51 destinations around the world.
Air India has a strong technical base and its engineering facility
includes maintenance of aircraft, overhaul of engines, repair and
overhaul of components, accessories and avionics. Thus the airline can
provide all technical support to its fleet. Air India has well-trained,
skilled technical manpower to carry out all complex tasks connected with
civil aviation maintenance.

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