AIR INDIA SIGNS ONPOINT AGREEMENT FOR GE90 ENGINE FLEET

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 2, 2011 15:35

AIR INDIA SIGNS ONPOINT AGREEMENT FOR GE90 ENGINE FLEET

GE Aviation and Air India have signed a 20-year OnPointSM solution agreement that covers its GE90 engines for an undisclosed value.

Air India will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities at its Mumbai, India facility to include GE90 engine overhaul. The current schedule calls for the Mumbai facility to be certified for basic GE90 MRO by 2012. Eventually, Air India plans to build a new MRO facility in Nagpur, India, that will include GE90 testing capabilities.

As part of the OnPoint solution agreement, GE will provide Air India with comprehensive material support, training and assistance on overhaul workscoping. While Air India develops its GE90 MRO capabilities, GE will provide the airline with overhaul services at GE’s MRO facilities to support the carrier’s GE90 engine fleet.

“Air India has more than 40 years of providing high-quality MRO services in India,” said Nalin Jain, country director for GE Aviation. “Adding GE90 engine overhaul service is the perfect expansion of Air India’s MRO capabilities.”

“Air India has already established partial capabilities on GE90 engines in Mumbai with the help of GE. Three engine overhauls were recently completed, saving us shipping costs and also reducing our turnaround time significantly. This will help us as we prepare to take on third-party work in the facility,” said K M Unni, SBU Head of the MRO SBU and Board Member, Air India.

Air India ordered 23 GE90-powered Boeing 777 aircraft in 2005 and currently operates 20 of these aircraft with the remaining three aircraft to be delivered in the next few years.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore February 2, 2011 15:35
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