BUCAREST, Romania - In a special ceremony here, CFM International and Romanian flag carrier TAROM celebrated the achievement of one million flight hours and half a million flight cycles by the airline’s fleet of CFM56 engines.
TAROM has been a CFM customer for 20 years and currently operates a fleet of 13 CFM56-powered aircraft, including Airbus A318s and Boeing 737 Classic and Next-Generation aircraft. Introducing CFM56 engines into its fleet beginning in 1993 has given TAROM significantly improved engine reliability compared to its previous fleet, while also reducing its maintenance costs.
“We’ve come a long way since 1993 and I hope that our journey will last for many years. I believe we learned very much from each other during that time and that we have so much to share,” said Christian Heinzmann, CEO and Accountable Manager of TAROM. “This is a moment of great opportunity and excitement for the people who work within this partnership. We are honored that CFM team decided to celebrate together the achievement of one million flight hours and half a million flight cycles by the TAROM fleet of CFM56 engines and 20 years of partnership.”
"We are pleased and honored to celebrate this major milestone with TAROM, and the entire CFM Team extends its warmest congratulations," said Cédric Goubet, executive vice president of CFM International. "It is a true testament to the strength of the relationship that this airline has continued to make CFM such an integral part of its daily operations. We look forward to twenty more years of working together with this great airline.”
CFM56engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 25,000 engines to date.
Romanian National Air Transport Company TAROM was established in 1954 and grew alongside the Romanian aviation industry. The airline currently operates routes to 42 destinations, including nine domestic routes. TAROM has been a member of the International Air Transport Association since 1993. In 2000, the airline joined Association of European Airlines and, in 2010, became a member of the Sky Team Alliance.