Posted on: 15 October 2014 by Mark Howells
Lion Air, which currently has nearly 1,000 CFM engines in service or on order, has signed two contracts with CFM International – a material support agreement and a consultancy agreement for CFM’s support of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre the airline has planned in Indonesia.
“We are pleased to further develop our long-standing relationship with CFM,” remarked Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air’s CEO. “Our new maintenance facility, schedule to become operational in 2016, will represent a huge step in not only bringing advanced maintenance technology to the Indonesia, but also to developing highly-qualified maintenance personnel.
“As we embark on this new path to be self-sufficient with our engine maintenance, it is good to know that we have a great partner to help us along the journey," Kirana concluded.
Chris Drewer, regional vice-president of sales for CFM, commented, “Lion Air has been a great CFM customer and we are delighted to see the airline bring all the benefits of genuine CFM parts to its fleet. This agreement is another great example of how CFM continues to invest in the development and growth of Asia's aviation infrastructure, supporting Indonesia's economic growth, while supporting a world-class engine maintenance facility.”
In February, Lion Air placed a $1.2 billion order for CFM56-5B engines to power 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.