KEEP­ING IN SHIP-SHAPE CON­DI­TION

There are cur­rently more than 500 CFM56 en­gines in ser­vice in In­dia and South Asia, in­clud­ing Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, power Air­bus A320 and Boe­ing 737 air­craft

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DE­LIV­ER­ING ON A COM­MIT­MENT made to its cus­tomers in 2007, CFM In­ter­na­tional (CFM) opened in March 2010, the CFM56 Train­ing Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad. The Hy­der­abad fa­cil­ity, the fourth such en­gine main­te­nance train­ing cen­tre for CFM56 cus­tomers world­wide, has the ca­pac­ity to train 500 engi­neers an­nu­ally and mir­rors those in China, France and the United States. There are cur­rently more than 500 CFM56 en­gines in ser­vice in In­dia and South Asia, in­clud­ing Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, power Air­bus A320 and Boe­ing 737 air­craft. The state-ofthe-art train­ing cen­tre is fully cer­ti­fied by the In­dian Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA). CFM has said it will have an in­vest­ment of ap­prox­i­mately $15 mil­lion over the next decade, in­clud­ing ini­tial start-up costs.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion in 2010, the then Pres­i­dent and CEO of CFM In­ter­na­tional, Eric Bachelet, said: “It gives me great plea­sure to open this new CFM56 Train­ing Cen­tre on be­half of CFM. We felt that Hy­der­abad in gen­eral, and the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in par­tic­u­lar, was the log­i­cal lo­ca­tion for this new fa­cil­ity. The area is rapidly es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a re­gional leader for ex­cel­lence in avi­a­tion and we are proud to be part of it. This CFM fa­cil­ity will pro­vide ex­ten­sive main­te­nance train­ing that we be­lieve is sim­ply un­equalled in the re­gion.”

The CFM56 Train­ing Cen­tre pro­vides ad­vanced hand­son cour­ses in line main­te­nance and borescope in­spec­tion for CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B en­gines, which power Boe­ing NextGen­er­a­tion 737 and Air­bus A320 fam­i­lies air­craft, re­spec­tively. In ad­di­tion to In­dian op­er­a­tors, the fa­cil­ity will also pro­vide train­ing to stu­dents from nearby re­gions such as the Gulf coun­tries, Mid­dle East and Far East­ern coun­tries such as Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and the Philip­pines.

Since the first CFM56 en­gines en­tered ser­vice with Jet Air­ways in 1994, CFM In­ter­na­tional’s pres­ence in In­dia and South Asia has steadily grown. There are more than 500 CFM56 en­gines in ser­vice or on or­der in the re­gion pow­er­ing Air­bus and Boe­ing air­craft for Air In­dia, Air In­dia Ex­press, GoAir, and Spice­Jet, as well as air­lines in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

“In­dia is one of the most dy­namic economies in the world and the long-term po­ten­tial is vir­tu­ally lim­it­less,” said Eric Bachelet. “At CFM, we are very pleased and proud to be a part of the avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture here in In­dia and to help sup­port the con­tin­ued growth of this in­dus­try in the re­gion.”

CFM also pro­vides in-coun­try sup­port with seven field ser­vice engi­neers in place with its air­line cus­tomers. In ad­di­tion, lev­er­ag­ing In­dia’s rich in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try, CFM pro­duces CFM56 shop visit and en­gine main­te­nance man­u­als in Ben­galuru.

CFM also pro­vides en­gines for the In­dian Gov­ern­ment’s VIP fleet of Boe­ing Busi­ness Jets, in ad­di­tion to com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions. In Jan­uary 2009, the gov­ern­ment se­lected the CFM56-7B-pow­ered Boe­ing P-8I to pro­vide long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare air­craft to the In­dian Navy. The P-8I is a vari­ant of the P-8A Po­sei­don be­ing de­vel­oped for the US Navy.

Both CFM’s par­ent com­pa­nies, Snecma and Gen­eral Elec­tric, are also heav­ily in­vest­ing in In­dia. In 2007, Snecma’s 50/50 joint ven­ture with the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) reached full pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity and sup­plies tubes and pipes for CFM56 en­gines. GE has had large com­mer­cial en­gines, such as the CF6 and the GE90, oper­at­ing in In­dia since 1982. Ad­di­tion­ally, both com­pa­nies have ex­ten­sive re­search and de­vel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the coun­try: GE Avi­a­tion’s John F. Welch Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter and Safran Aero­space In­dia Pvt Ltd both lo­cated in Ben­galuru.

On March 17, 2011, barely a year af­ter open­ing, the CFM In­ter­na­tional CFM56 Train­ing Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad won an award as the best en­gine main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul (MRO) train­ing cen­tre in In­dia, in a cer­e­mony in Mum­bai. Awarded by the MRO Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of In­dia, this prize clearly recog­nised the abil­ity of the Hy­der­abad cen­tre to train ex­perts to meet the grow­ing needs of a re­gion that is now one of the global lead­ers in aero­nau­ti­cal ex­cel­lence. The cen­tre has wel­comed quite a num­ber of stu­dents since open­ing.

CFM, a 50/50 joint com­pany be­tween France’s Snecma (Safran Group) and the Gen­eral Elec­tric Com­pany of the United States, is the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of com­mer­cial air­craft en­gines. The com­pany has de­liv­ered over 29,000 en­gines to date. The LEAP en­gine has be­come the pre­ferred choice for nextgen­er­a­tion sin­gle-aisle air­craft with over 10,400 or­ders re­ceived through Fe­bru­ary 2016.

THE LEAP EN­GINE HAS BE­COME THE PRE­FERRED CHOICE FOR NEXTGEN­ER­A­TION SIN­GLE-AISLE AIR­CRAFT WITH OVER 10,400 OR­DERS RE­CEIVED THROUGH FE­BRU­ARY 2016

In ad­di­tion to In­dian op­er­a­tors, the fa­cil­ity also pro­vides train­ing to stu­dents from nearby re­gions such as the Gulf coun­tries, Mid­dle East and Far East­ern coun­tries such as Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia and the Philip­pines

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