“Tianjin Airlines is making a strong commitment to OEM quality engine maintenance by seeking the TRUEngine designation,” said Allen Paxson, general manager of the CF34 Engine Program at GE Aviation. “The CF34 TRUEngine program is growing rapidly, and now includes more than 600 engines operated by carriers in the United States, Europe, and now Asia.”
Launched in 2008 for the CFM56, the TRUEngine designation provides assurance to owners, operators, and engine buyers that engines qualified as TRUEngine have been maintained in the OEM configuration. The program has since been expanded to include CF6, GEnx and, as of June 2013, CF34 engines. Independent studies show that engines maintained with OEM parts and repairs maintain as much as 50% higher resale values compared to engines that include non-OEM parts or repairs. More than 8,300 engines operated by 112 operators have received the TRUEngine designation.
To qualify for TRUEngine status, the engine configuration, overhaul practices, spare parts and repairs used to service an engine must comply with GE-issued engine manuals and other maintenance recommendations. The qualification is obtained through the customer’s declaration of compliance and GE’s verification of customer submitted maintenance records since birth. The TRUEngine designation enhances marketability and provides other valuable benefits at no additional cost, such as extended new part warranty, complimentary access to engine lease pool and optimized product support.
Tianjin, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, is China’s largest regional carrier, carrying more than five million passengers annually. The airline operates a fleet of 79 aircraft operating on more than 130 routes connecting more than 90 cities within China, as well as Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboshaft and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.
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