Jul 6, 2015, 08:13 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia – 15 October 2014 – Lion Group and CFM International today signed a comprehensive Material Support Agreement for the airline's planned engine maintenance center located in Batam, Indonesia. The 25-year, multi-billion dollar agreement will cover nearly 1,000 CFM engines which Lion Air currently has in service or on order.
The agreement provides for comprehensive repair and replacement of life-limited and non-life-limited parts for the CFM engines in the airline's fleet, as well as providing Lion Air with technical data for component repairs and engine overhaul to assist their operations.
The planned engine maintenance center will be an advanced facility capable of providing both engine repairs and overhaul for the Lion Air fleet. Lion Group is building this new facility to not only contribute in the advancement of Indonesia’s aviation industry, but also to develop the capabilities of Indonesian engineers and create more jobs in Indonesia.
Indonesia-based Lion Group has been a CFM customer since the year 2000 and has taken delivery of more than 100 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737 aircraft. In February, Lion placed a $1.2 billion order for CFM56-5B engine to power 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.
"We are pleased to further develop our long-standing relationship with CFM," said Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air 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 and facilitating technology transfer, but also to developing highly-qualified Indonesian 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."
"There is a great synergy in this agreement and we are proud to support Lion Group as it launches the next chapter in its impressive history,” said Chris Drewer, VP of Asia-Pacific Sales for CFM parent company GE Aviation. "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, as well supporting a world-class engine maintenance facility."
CFM56 engines are a product of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. To date, CFM has delivered more than 27,000 CFM56 engines to more than 530 operators around the globe and has received orders for nearly 8,000 advanced LEAP engines.
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