EgyptAir has signed a TrueChoice Materials Agreement with General Electric for maintenance, repair and overhaul consulting services for CFM56-7B engines, the national carrier's chairman Safwat Mosalam announced on Thursday.
The comprehensive agreement covers technical support and consulting for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), facility readiness, tooling optimization and other necessary services required to achieve facility certification, according to a GE statement.
In an official statement, Mosalam said that 60% of EgyptAir's fleets were powered using GE engines, adding that both EgyptAir and GE agreed to review the possibility of operating an EgyptAir engine shop as a regional maintenance center.
“EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering is growing its MRO business and expanding its capabilities with the state-of the-art technology to be an independent MRO provider for various aircraft, aircraft engines and components," chairman and CEO of Egypt Air’s Maintenance and Engineering Company Abou Taleb Tawfik said.
"We look forward to working with GE to enhance our CFM56-7B MRO capabilities and be a major player in the MRO industry," Tawfik continued.
According to a GE statement, the president and CEO of the company's engine services, Kevin McAllister, said that “EgyptAir is the only full-service MRO provider in Egypt, and GE is excited to help the airline through this TrueChoice Material agreement to extend its overhaul and repair expertise to the CFM56-7B engine line and help create high-tech employment opportunities in the region."
Established in 1932, EgyptAir currently operates 80 aircraft that travel to more than 75 global destinations.