China Southern reached a 15-year TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GE90 fleet, including GE90-110B engines powering its 12 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft and GE90-115B engines powering its 10 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
"As the launch customer of GE90 engines in China and Asia, China Southern has demonstrated its confidence in GE products, and this TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement serves as a further display of trust for which we are very honored," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation's Services organization.
Headquartered in Guangzhou, China Southern Airlines operates the largest aircraft fleet in China with more than 700 passenger and cargo aircraft and is also ranked the first in Asia and the 4th in the world (Data: IATA, in terms of fleet size). The airline operates more than 2,000 daily flights to 208 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world. Through close cooperation with its SkyTeam member airlines, China Southern's network spans 1,062 destinations to 177 countries and regions.
The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings incorporates an array of GE capabilities and customization across an engine's lifecycle. The TrueChoice suite includes:
TrueChoice Flight Hour helps optimize cost of ownership over the engine lifecycle with flexible risk transfer and payment options.
TrueChoice Overhaul provides time and material overhauls with tailored workscopes specific to shop visit objectives, economic priorities and ownership horizon-for one engine or a fleet.
TrueChoice Material offers high-quality new and used OEM parts, advanced repairs and technology upgrades to enhance engine performance and support higher engine residual value.
TrueChoice Transitions includes a range of options for changing ownership horizons, such as green time leases, exchanges and material buy-back, plus customized workscopes with shorter builds and maximum used material. For lessors, GE offers products specifically designed to accommodate a change in owner or operator.
Each of the TrueChoice offerings is underpinned by GE Aviation's data and analytic capabilities and experience to help reduce maintenance burden and service disruptions for customers.