March 16, 1995MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - GE Aircraft Engines Canada and Canadian Airlines International have joined forces to support maintenance of the GE LM2500 gas turbines that power the Canadian Navy's new Halifax-class frigates.
Final details of the contract are being concluded with the Federal Government's Public Works and Government Services Department.
This new team effort capitalizes on Canadian Airlines' proven engine maintenance skills and GE's technical knowledge, maintenance capabilities, and new gas turbine service office in B.C. to offer a low-cost, high-experience service. The arrangement will enhance Canadian Airlines' workload, use existent tooling and test equipment, and keep high-skill propulsion jobs in the country.
John Hawkes, general manager of GE Aircraft Engines Canada, said, "With this collaborative approach, we are complying with Government's plan to take a cost-effective, commercial approach to maintenance of these engines. This provides the Navy a local, knowledgeable capability and incurs minimum set-up costs. We are making use of assets that already exist rather than reinventing the wheel."
"Our cooperative effort with GE is another example of Canadian's extensive and professional third-party services," said Graeme Shelford, director of Power Maintenance at Canadian Airlines International. "Through initiatives such as this one, the airline can maintain its workforce at current levels."
All twelve of the Navy's Halifax-class frigates are each powered by two GE LM2500 gas turbines. The GE LM2500, an aeroderivative gas turbine, is used throughout the world in military ships, fast ferries, and commercial vessels, and in industrial applications such as gas pipeline compression, power generation, and cogeneration.
Also in B.C., GE Aircraft Engines is currently offering an LM marine propulsion system for the proposed B.C. Fast Ferries program.