EVENDALE, Ohio - TAM Brazilian Airlines has signed a 15-year OnPointSM Solutions service agreement with GE - Aviation's Services business for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of CFM56-5B* engines that will power the airline's fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft. 

In addition, the airline signed a seven-year OnPointSM Solutions agreement for 12 CF6-80E engines that power TAM's fleet of Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft. 

TAM has ordered CFM56-5B* engines to power a fleet of 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft that will be delivered between 2007 and 2010. Engine maintenance and overhauls will be performed at the GE-Celma facility in Petropolis, Brazil. GE Celma will add the CFM56-5B* overhaul line capability in addition to the CFM56-7B*, CFM56-3* and CF6-80C2. 

"We're excited about our new relationship with TAM," said Bill Fitzgerald, vice president of Global Services Overhaul for GE. "This is a great opportunity to work with one of the most admired airlines in the world. The OnPointSMagreement will help TAM keep its maintenance costs predictable while still maintaining the high safety and reliability standards that are such an integral part of its operations." 

OnPointSM Solutions are flexible long-term commitments designed to meet customers' unique engine service needs. Backed by GE's world-class support, these solutions increase asset value and utilization and improve operating efficiencies. OnPointSM services include overhaul, on-wing support, new and used parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing and diagnostics. 

GE's Aviation business is one of the world's leading manufacturers of, and service providers for, jet engines for civil and military aircraft. 

OnPointSM is a service mark of General Electric Company.