Posted on: 16 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
GE Aviation and the HNA Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for GE CF34-10A and CF34-10E engines.
The MRO JV will be located in the Tianjin province and operated by HNA Group, with technical support and materials provided by GE Aviation.
"The HNA Group, through Hainan Airlines, has been a strong customer for GE and CFM engines and we are pleased to sign this MOU that will expand our relationship," explained Kevin McAllister, vice-president and general manager of global sales at GE Aviation. "This JV will provide GE’s CF34-10A and -10E customers in China the opportunity to receive in-country MRO services and support to keep their engines at peak performance."
"We are very excited to sign the MOU with GE to provide services for the GE CF34-10 engines," remarked Tan Xiangdong, executive director of the board of HNA Group. "We look forward to working together to provide outstanding support for our customers."
GE’s CF34-10A engines will power COMAC’s ARJ21 regional jets, which are scheduled to enter service next year. GE’s CF34-10E engines power the Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft and have been in service since 2005.
HNA Group is the largest operator of the CF34-10E engine in Asia.