HANOVER, Germany - German airline TUIfly and CFM International today celebrated a new first-run time-on-wing world record set by a CFM56-7B engine powering one of the airlines Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The engine logged more than 50,000 hours without a shop visit.
"This record is a remarkable achievement and we are delighted that the technical and flight operational assistance from TUIfly have made such a record possible. Here you can see what a first class engine, in conjunction with professional flight and maintenance operation, can achieve, "said Friedrich Keppler, Managing Director TUIfly.
The CFM56-7B engine was recently removed for LLP (life-limited part) replacement. Up until its removal, the engine was performing flawlessly and show very good EGT (exhaust gas temperature) margin. EGT margin is the primary indictor of an engine's fuel efficiency.
The airline has operated a CFM56-powered Boeing fleet exclusively for more than 24 years and currently operates a fleet of 40 CFM56-7B-powered aircraft.
"On behalf of the entire CFM Team, I extend my warmest congratulations to everyone at TUIfly for this remarkable achievement," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM. "We believe we build the most reliable engines in the air, but we know that it is our customers that keep them flying. What the TUIfly operations and maintenance teams have achieved with this engine is truly impressive."
TUIfly was able to keep the engine on wing through continuous diagnostics, which enabled the maintenance team to optimize the maintenance intervals for the engine. In addition, the airline implemented fuel-efficient, noise-optimized cockpit procedures, along with periodic engine washes, which extended the life of the engines and helped to reduce fuel consumption.
TUIfly is part of TUI Travel PLC in which TUI AG of Germany, the world's largest tour operator company, holds a majority stake. TUIfly flies to classic holiday regions throughout the Mediterranean, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and Egypt for TUI and other tour operators. A total of 80 CFM56-7B engines are in service on the TUIfly fleet, which consists of 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 and 10 Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
The CFM56-7B engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran group) and GE. The CFM56-7B is one of the world's most reliable engines. More than 8,615 engines have been delivered to date, and the fleet has logged more than 160 million flight-hours while maintaining an industry-leading rate of 0.002 in-flight shutdowns per 1,000 flight hours - equal to only one engine-related event every 500,000 flight-hours. The engine provides operators with industry-leading reliability and environmental-friendliness, low cost of ownership and world-class customer support. For more information on CFM International, visit us at www.cfmaeroengines.com.