July 11, 2012FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW -- Turkish Airlines has been awarded TRUEngine designation for its CF6 engine fleet, which powers its seven Airbus CF6-80E-powered A330-200 aircraft.
"With a TRUEngine designation, Turkish Airlines has demonstrated its commitment to OEM quality engine maintenance," said Chuck Williams, general manager of the CF6 Program at GE Aviation. "GE Aviation is proud to award this designation to Turkish Airlines, and we look forward to working with them to maintain this TRUEngine status on its CF6 engine fleet."
To qualify for TRUEngine status, the engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine must be consistent with GE requirements. In addition, all maintenance must comply with GE-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification data is obtained through a combination of fleet operations and maintenance records. The TRUEngine designation is available to the 4,000 CF6 engines in service if they meet the fleet criteria.
Commercial jet engines typically are in service for more than 25 years and change ownership at least once in their operational life. The engine's configuration, material content, maintenance history and supportability impact marketability and overall value as it changes ownership. The TRUEngine designation enhances marketability and provides other valuable benefits, such as extended new part warranty and GE or CFM engine lease pool support.
The CF6 engine line has been in service for 40 years, and 67 percent of CF6-powered aircraft remain in service today with 250 customers worldwide. The engine line has logged more than 375 million flight hours and has the lowest cost of ownership compared to comparable engines in its class.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.