flydubai signs engine MRO deal
flydubai, the world's fastest growing start-up airline, has signed a contract with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of 109 engines over the next 10 years.
The OnPoint solution agreement, signed at this week's Paris Air Show, represents an investment of $2 million per CFM56-7B engine that power flydubai's fleet of Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft. Some engines will have more than one shop visit, putting the total value of the contract at more than $300million.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: "flydubai is constantly looking for the best services and partners to ensure our fleet remains in the best condition to safeguard our operational obligations and safety of our passengers and crew. We have one of the newest fleets in the industry and signing this agreement will ensure our engines continue to perform at peak levels."
flydubai, which marked two years of operations on 1 June 2011, currently has a fleet of 17 aircraft with many more due to be delivered in the months and years ahead.
"flydubai has ordered more than 50 Boeing 737 aircraft, serving the needs of the passengers traveling in the GCC, Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent and, North Africa, Asia and the fringes of Europe," said Muhammad Al-Lamadani, Senior Executive Sales, VP GE International Inc.. "With this agreement, GE Aviation will provide flydubai with high quality services and material to ensure its CFM56-7B engines continue to perform well in the field."
OnPoint solutions are customised service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the customers' cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets. Backed by GE's global support network, OnPoint services may include overhaul, on wing support, new and used-serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and integrated systems.
flydubai has a simple model where customers only pay for services they want to receive. Fares are inclusive of all taxes plus one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or hand bag. Checked baggage starts at AED50 for 20kgs. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100.
flydubai operates from the modernised Terminal 2 building on the north side of Dubai International Airport.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation.