Turkish Airlines Signs Long-Term Support Agreement for CFM LEAP-1B Engines

LE BOURGET, France — Turkish Airlines has concluded a 15-year Rate Per Flight Hour (RPFH) maintenance agreement with CFM International to support the LEAP-1B engines that will power the airline’ new fleet of 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023.  The agreement covers a total of 150 engines.

Rate per Flight Hour agreements are part of CFM’s portfolio of flexible aftermarket support offerings.  Throughout the term of the agreement, CFM guarantees maintenance costs for the all Turkish Airlines’ LEAP-1B engines on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of the Turkish Republic, currently operates CFM-powered Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the Next-Generation 737 and Airbus A320 and long-range, four-engine Airbus Industrie A340 aircraft.  These airplanes represent more than half of the airlines total fleet.

“We have formed a very strong working relationship with Turkish Airlines over the nearly three decades they have been a customer,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International.  “We appreciate the high level of confidence this agreement shows in CFM and in our ability to support their operations over the long term.”

About Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with just five aircraft. Today, it serves its customers with a passenger and cargo fleet of 335 aircraft.  Its primary goals are both to maintain the average age of the fleet over the coming years, and to push its quality of service even higher.   Including the 170 aircraft currently on order and the leased aircraft, Turkish Airlines fleet is expected to reach 500 passenger and cargo aircraft by 2023.  The airline flies  to nearly 300 destinations in 120 countries around the world.

 About CFM International

LEAP-1B engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.  The LEAP engine family is the fastest-selling in aviation history with more than 12,500 orders place through April 2017. 

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