Posted on: 21 January 2015 by Mark Howells
MTU Maintenance has signed an agreement with Japanese low-fare airline Solaseed Air to provide spare engine and on-site support for the carrier’s fleet of 24 CFM56-7B and -7BE engines, which power its 12 Boeing 737-800s.The agreement, which has an estimated value of €200 million, is set to last 12 years and marks MTU’s largest agreement with a Japanese customer since 2010. It follows a previous maintenance agreement to provide support for Solaseed Air’s CFM56-3 engines in 2011.“We are very proud that we could extend our excellent cooperation with Solaseed Air,” remarked Frank Bodenhage, MD at MTU Maintenance Zhuhai. “The fact that Solaseed Air trusts us with another engine model is a further sign that the excellent and reliable services provided by MTU Maintenance are well respected among our customers in Japan and the rest of Asia. We are confident that we will continue this road of success in the future as well.”“MTU Maintenance has proven a reliable and trustworthy partner which provides us with outstanding service quality, and we are happy to continue sending the company our latest generation engines for maintenance,” Hiroshi Takahashi, CEO of Solaseed Air, commented. “MTU Maintenance’s Total Engine Care programme is also a great advantage for Solaseed Air as we could add additional services from a single source.”The engines will be overhauled at MTU Maintenance’s Asian location in Zhuhai, China, a 50:50 joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Air Holding Company. The facility specialises in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of CFM56 and V2500 engines.