USA3000 Airlines has achieved TRUEngineTM status for all 22 CFM56-5B engines in its fleet.
"The economic, technical and environmental advantages of the CFM56 engine have helped our airline maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace," said Steve Harfst, president and CEO of USA 3000. "Our experience with the CFM56 and the support we have received from CFM over the last 7 years has been excellent and we are proud to achieve the designation as a TRUEngine operator."
The TRUEngineTM designation is available to all CFM56 engines meeting the criteria. To qualify for TRUEngineTM status, the engine configuration, engine overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service the engine must be consistent with CFM requirements for that engine model. In addition, all maintenance must comply with CFM-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification data is obtained through a combination of fleet operational and maintenance records.
CFM launched the program in mid-2008 to help the industry more accurately appraise used CFM56 engines and to enhance the resale value of assets that qualify for the program, based on engine content. Additionally, CFM-approved content facilitates technical support and other configuration-based benefits. To date, approximately 3,000 engines in service with various operators have qualified for TRUEngine status.
CFM is a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran Group) and General Electric Company.