MTU Maintenance and Malaysia Airlines Berhad signed an exclusive ten year contract for the airline’s 100 CFM56-7B engines. The contract covers maintenance, repair and overhaul for the engine fleet until phase-out and includes lease engines and LLP management. “We are delighted to be partnering with MTU Maintenance,” says Captain Izham Ismail, Group CEO of Malaysia Airlines. “We are confident that MTU will provide the flexible and reliable service needed to keep our B737-800 fleet safely flying as well as an optimised cost per flight hour that supports our bottom line.”
“This is the largest CFM56-7B contract signed by MTU Maintenance to date,” adds Michael Schreyögg, Chief Programme Officer, MTU Aero Engines. “MTU is proud to be supporting Malaysia Airlines with our exceptional and intelligent solutions as their CFM56-7B engines enter the mature stage of their lifecycle. We look forward to proactively managing the fleet with Malaysia Airlines, maximising engine usage and reducing cost for our partner.” The service offering incorporates MTU Maintenance’s PERFORMPlus solution for newer engines which they say helps ensure longer on-wing times through optimised fleet management, engine trend monitoring, on-site services and lease support. It also draws on numerous elements of the company’s SAVEPlus solution for more mature engines, “using smart strategies to minimise cost at end of life.” according to the company. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will be carrying out these services on behalf of Malaysia Airlines.