EVENDALE, OHIO - DHL Worldwide Express has awarded GE Engine Services (GEES) a 15-year maintenance and overhaul agreement valued at $400 million (U.S. dollars). 

The maintenance and overhaul agreement represents the largest air transport maintenance investment made by DHL since it began operations 30 years ago.

The agreement calls for GEES to repair and overhaul the 68 Rolls-Royce RB211-535C37 engines that power DHL's fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 special freighter (SF) aircraft. Maintenance and overhaul work will be conducted at GEES' full-service facility in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. 

"We are delighted that, after reviewing offers from competitors worldwide, DHL has expressed such confidence in our ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective maintenance," said George Oliver, president and CEO of GE Engine Services. "Our Wales facility is among the world's best and represents outstanding quality and an impeccable safety record." 

DHL embarked on the B757-200 SF acquisition program in 1999 to ensure improved reliability to their customers. This aircraft's advanced landing capabilities enable landing in weather conditions offering just 75-metre runway visibility. In addition, this aircraft exceeds all international emission standards and presents a significant decrease in noise vis-a-vis all other comparable types, thus enabling DHL to meet its commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations. 

"GE Engine Services offers a high level of support and performance which is essential to our operation," said Terry Nord, managing director of aviation for DHL. "Our customers rely on us to provide consistent on-time delivery. This contract enables us to offer the most advanced comprehensive air express service across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa." 

DHL Worldwide Express is the global market leader of the international air express industry. An established innovator since pioneering the industry in 1969, DHL continues to be at the forefront of technology, offering fast, responsive, and cost-effective, express deliveries in addition to e-commerce fulfillment and intelligent logistics solutions. The DHL network links 120,000 destinations in over 220 countries and employs 69,000 people. DHL is a privately owned company. Major shareholders are Deutsche Post World Net, Lufthansa, and Japan Airlines. 

GE Engine Services is a global provider of maintenance and support services for operators of GE and non-GE engines. In addition to overhaul and repair, GE Engine Services' solutions to the customer's maintenance needs include component repair, on wing support, and spare parts. GE Engine Services also maintains engine accessories and key aircraft accessories, provides remote diagnostics monitoring of aircraft in flight, and offers a full range of engine leasing plans. Visit GE Aircraft Engines online at http://www.geae.com.