Nikos Kardasis (left) Jet Airways CEO – Jean-Paul Ebanga CFM president celebrate major milestone.
HYDERABAD, India – 15 March 2012 — Jet Airways and CFM International have celebrated the achievement of three million total engine flight hours by the airline’s fleet of CFM56-7B engines.
Jet Airways began operation in May 1993 with four CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737s. Since then, Jet Airways has carried more than 136 million passengers and, today, is one of the most respected airlines in the world and the largest private domestic carrier in India. Jet Airway's fleet includes 59 Next-Generation 737-700/-800/-900 aircraft powered by CFM56-7B engines.
"Jet Airways is an impressive airline," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “We are honored that they have chosen CFM to be such an important part of their operations and we extend our warmest congratulations to everyone at Jet Airways on a job extremely well done."
Jet Airways operates more than 400 flights daily to nearly 80 destinations across India with one of the most modern fleets in the world; the average age of its aircraft is 5.6 years. The airline attributes its success to a strong emphasis on on-time performance. The fleet has done extremely well in service, with the CFM56-7B fleet maintaining a 99.95 percent departure reliability rate.
"We are very pleased to celebrate this great milestones with Jet Airways,” said Jean-Paul Alary, vice president, Customer and Product Support for CFM International. “We have developed a strong relationship and have worked through this industry’s many ups and downs together and have come out even stronger. The years ahead will only continue to strengthen that bond."
CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE, is the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines with more than 23,000 engines delivered to more than 500 operators worldwide.