DUBAI -- November 20, 2013 – GE has awarded Silk Way West Airlines its TRUEngine designation for eight GEnx-2Bs that will power its fleet of two Boeing 747-8 freighters, slated for delivery in 2014 .
“We welcome Silk Way West to the rapidly growing group of carriers who are demonstrating a strong commitment to OEM quality engine maintenance by joining the TRUEngine program,” said Paul McElhinney, president and CEO of GE Aviation Services. “TRUEngine designation provides airlines peace of mind by protecting asset values and assuring access to the full range of GE’s world-class support.”
Launched in 2008 for the CFM56, the TRUEngine designation provides assurance to owners, operators, and engine buyers that engines qualified as TRUEngine have been maintained in the OEM configuration. The program has since been expanded to include CF6, GEnx and CF34 engines. Independent studies show that engines maintained with OEM parts and repairs maintain as much as 50% higher resale values compared to engines that include non-OEM parts or repairs. More than 8,300 engines operated by113 operators have received the TRUEngine designation.
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 birth. The TRUEngine designation enhances marketability and provides other valuable benefits at no additional cost, such as extended new part warranty, complimentary access to engine lease pool and optimized product support. For more information, visit www.geaviation.com/services/truengine-program.
Headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan, Silk Way West is one of the leading cargo airlines in Central Asia, providing service to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. The airline’s name is a reference to the ancient Silk Road trade route linking Europe and Asia.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboshaft and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.
Tianjin is the first airline in Asia to receive the TRUEngine designation for the CF34.
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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.