Many different advanced skills are required to run an airline. While pilots get most of the attention, the technical and engineering knowledge required to maintain, repair and overhaul (MRO) aircraft engines are equally crucial.
Only highly skilled professionals with advanced training can work on these machines. So as EGYPTAIR works with GE to expand its MRO capabilities to handle the CFM56-7B engine line, it's also contributing to the country's economic development by creating high-tech job opportunities for Egyptians.
GE is working with EgyptAir – the only full-service MRO provider in Egypt – through a TrueChoice ™ Materials agreement . CFM is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
GE is providing technical support and consulting for MRO operations, facility readiness, tooling optimization and other necessary services required to achieve facility certification. The new MRO capability is part of EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering's determination to grow its MRO business and expand its capabilities with state-of the-art technology to emerge as an independent MRO provider for various aircraft, aircraft engines and components.
"EGYPTAIR Maintenance and Engineering is growing its MRO business and expanding its capabilities with the state-of the-art technology to be an independent MRO provider for various aircraft, aircraft engines and components. We look forward to working with GE to enhance our CFM56-7B MRO capability and be a major player in the MRO industry and more," said Abou Taleb, Chairman of Egypt Air's Maintenance and Engineering Company.
With their intention for deeper cooperation, EGYPTAIR and GE agreed they will study the possibilities of operating EGYPTAIR engine shop together as a center of Excellence in the region. Established in 1932 as the seventh carrier in the world, EGYPTAIR operates 80 aircraft with 60 percent of the fleet powered by GE and CFM* engines. The carrier flies to more than 75 destinations around the world and is a member of the Star Alliance.
"This agreement will further strengthen our partnership with EGYPTAIR which extends to over 35 years," said Isam Moursy, Vice President of Regional Sales for GE Aviation in Africa. "This a true testament of how we can continue working with our partners to drive localization in Egypt and build local capability and know-how. EGYPTAIR is one of the world's pioneer airlines, and our collaboration on MRO efforts will continue in the airline's long tradition of entrepreneurial endeavors."
The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings for commercial aviation industry emphasizes the breadth and depth of capabilities and customization across the entire engine lifecycle.
More than 550 employees work in Egypt with GE . The company operates across a variety of industries, where it is creating job opportunities for Egyptians and continues to invest in building local talent and talent management. GE began this journey in Egypt in 1974 , and by helping its customers address their most difficult challenges, GE is continuing to deliver better outcomes for Egypt by speaking the language of industry. This includes the aviation sector, where GE technology powers 60% of EgyptAir's 80-aircraft fleet.
This version of the article first appeared on GE Hewar Blog