Snecma Wins Exclusive Engine Maintenance Contract From WindJet

Courcouronnes, July 21, 2009 – WindJet, an Italian airline based in Catania (Sicily), has awarded an exclusive six-year engine service per hour (ESPH) contract to Snecma (SAFRAN group) for its CFM56-5A engine fleet.

Snecma, an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) shop for the CFM56, will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for all CFM56-5A engines powering WindJet’s A319 and A320 twinjets. WindJet is a fast-growing airline that flies to about 20 national and international destinations.

This long-term, exclusive contract clearly reflects Wind Jet’s confidence in Snecma and satisfaction with its services. “The key factors in our decision to extend this partnership were Snecma’s expertise, its close support and its proven ability to help us operate our engines as efficiently as possible,” said Stefano Rantuccio, Managing Director of Wind Jet. “For WindJet, this by-the-hour contract allows us to meet our objectives in terms of engine reliability and shop visit planning at competitive prices, while keeping costs under control.”

Snecma, the European leader in CFM56 MRO services, continues to expand its presence in Italy. Building on its long experience in CFM engine maintenance, Snecma was able to offer Wind Jet a contract tailored to its specific requirements.

“We are delighted to be bolstering our relationship with WindJet, a dynamic Italian carrier with a bright future,” noted Michel Brioude, head of the spare parts division at Snecma. “We won this contract against very tough competition, and it once again proves our ability to offer custom-tailored solutions addressing the needs of each customer.”