Sharjah, United Arab Emirates — 29 May 2013 — During a special ceremony here, Air Arabia and CFM International celebrated the achievement of one million engine flight hours with the airline’s fleet of CFM56-5B engines.
Air Arabia has been a CFM customer since it began scheduled service in 2003. Today, the airline operates a fleet of 32 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 family aircraft. All of these engines are covered by long-term service agreements with CFM, with part of the fleet covered by a time and material agreement; the aircraft delivered since 2010 are covered by a Rate per Flight Hour agreement, wherein CFM will guarantee engine maintenance costs on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.
“The success of Air Arabia’s relationship with CFM International is evidenced by our 10 year partnership, said Mr. Adel Abdullah Ali, Air Arabia’s chief executive officer. “Air Arabia enjoys a long track record of operational excellence and we remain focused on offering the best value to our customers combined with excellent operational performance. This means a world track record in utilization of our resources, including the Airbus A320 aircraft powered by the state-of the art CFM56 engines.”
In addition to achieving the one million flight hour milestone, the Air Arabia CFM56-5B engines have also been awarded TRUEngine status.
The TRUEngine designation serves as a method for identifying engines with CFM-approved content and facilitates product support of the engine system. Moreover, industry stakeholders can use the knowledge of engine content to evaluate engine value and re-marketability. The TRUEngine program is available for all CFM56 engines. To qualify, a customer submits a declared list of compliant engine serial numbers, along with engine maintenance records, to CFM for evaluation to ensure the engine content, overhaul practices, and repairs are consistent with CFM requirements for that engine model.
"We are pleased to celebrate these two tremendous milestones with Air Arabia, and the entire CFM Team extends its warmest congratulations,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president & CEO of CFM International. “We believe that we build the most reliable engines in the air, but we know it is the maintenance crews at our airline customers that keep them flying. The Air Arabia team has done an outstanding job maintaining these engines. The fleet has maintained a 99.98 percent departure reliability rate and has had no unplanned engine removals and no in-flight shutdowns. These statistics rank among the very best in the industry. We consider it an honor to be part of this team. "
About Air Arabia
Air Arabia (PJSC), listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is the Middle East and North Africa’s leading low-cost carrier. Air Arabia commenced operations in October 2003 and currently operates a total fleet of 33 new Airbus A320 aircraft, serving 85 routes from three hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.
Air Arabia carried a record 32 million passengers since its launch and more than 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2013.
The CFM56-5B engine is part of the CFM56 product family produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. It is the engine of choice for the Airbus A320 family and has been selected to power nearly 60 percent of all aircraft in service or on order.
The TRUEngine program has continued to achieve broad-based industry acceptance. Currently, more than 7,300 of the nearly 18,000 CFM56 engines in service have been qualified for the TRUEngine program with nearly 75 operators worldwide.
CFM is the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine supplier, and the company has delivered nearly 25,000 engines to more than 530 operators around the globe. The CFM56 fleet has logged more than 630 million flight hours in the past 30 years as the most reliable engines in the air.