LE BOURGET – June 18, 2013 -- GE Aviation launched the TRUEngineTM program on its CF34 engines with Azul, Flybe, GoJet, Jetscape, LOT and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The CF34 TRUEngine launch expands the TRUEngine designation from CFM56*, CF6 and GEnx engines.
“Participation in the TRUEngine program signifies our customers’ commitment to quality engine maintenance for their CF34 engines,” said Allen Paxson, general manager of the CF34 Engine Program at GE Aviation. “We’re proud to award the TRUEngine designation to Azul, Flybe, GoJet, Jetscape, LOT and GECAS CF34 engines.”
The TRUEngine designation provides assurance to owners, operators, and engine buyers that engines qualified as TRUEngine have been maintained in the OEM configuration. Independent studies show that engines maintained with OEM parts and repairs maintain 25-50% higher asset values than engines that include non-OEM parts or repairs.
To qualify for TRUEngine status, the engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine must comply with GE-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification is obtained through the customer’s declaration of compliance and GE’s verification of customer submitted maintenance records since back to birth. The TRUEngine designation is available to all CF34 engines in service if they meet the TRUEngine qualification criteria.
Commercial jet engines typically are in service for more than 25 years and change ownership at least once in their operational life. The engine's configuration, material content, maintenance history and supportability impact marketability and overall value as it changes ownership. The TRUEngine designation enhances marketability and provides other valuable benefits at no additional cost, such as extended new part warranty, complimentary days access to the CF34 engine lease pool and AOG response guarantee.
GE has delivered more than 5,700 CF34 engines since it entered service in 1992. The CF34 engine is in service with 200 operators in more than 70 countries. The engines have accumulated more than 92 million flight hours and 75 million cycles on Bombardier CRJ and Embraer E-Jet aircraft, and they have set the standard for dispatch reliability of 99.95%.
Azul Trip SA, parent company of the Azul Group, and Trip Linhas Aéreas SA announced an investment agreement in May 2012 in order to create the third largest airline in the country. The transaction was already approved by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority and by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade). This combination will result in one of the most competitive airlines in the country, totaling 118 operating aircraft, about 865 daily flights, more than 100 destinations served and 16.7% share in terms of RPKs. The quality of both companies has already been demonstrated by numerous awards received domestically and internationally. Azul and Trip were elected by the Skytrax World Airline Awards the "Best low-cost airline in Latin America" and "Best Regional Airline in South America", respectively, in 2012 and 2011. Azul was voted in 2012 the “Best Low Cost Airline in the World” by CAPA - Centre for Aviation and consecrated the second consecutive year as the "Best Airline in Brazil" by the publication Viagem e Turismo, a Brazilian travel magazine. Learn more at www.voeazul.com.br.
Since launching at the 2013 Paris Air Show, GE Aviation’s CF34 TRUEngine program has quickly grown to cover more than 500 CF34 engines operated by nine airlines and lessors.
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