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May 2016

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GE reveals TrueChoice for engines bookmark

GE Aviation, Services has unveiled its new TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings designed for the commercial aviation industry. The new offerings have an emphasis on the breadth and depth of the capabilities and customisation available across the entire engine lifecycle. The TrueChoice suite includes four families of products and services offerings:

 

  • TrueChoice Flight Hour has customised offerings that help to optimise cost of ownership over the entire lifecycle of the engine, with flexible risk transfer and payment options
  • TrueChoice Overhaul offers time and material overhauls with tailored workscopes specific to shop visit objectives, economic priorities and ownership horizon – whether for one engine or an entire fleet
  • TrueChoice Material uses high quality new and used OEM parts, advanced repairs and technology upgrades for airlines and MROs. These enhance engine performance over the engine lifecycle and support higher residual value
  • TrueChoice Transitions offers a broad range of options for changing ownership horizons, including green time leases, exchanges and material buy-back, as well as custom workscopes with shorter builds and maximum used material. For lessors, GE offers products specifically designed to accommodate a change in owner or operator

GE Aviation also says its TRUEngine technical programme continues to expand, with total engine enrolments surpassing the 12,000 mark – a 20% increase over the last 18 months. More than 200 operators have opted to enrol their engines in the programme.

 

The TRUEngine qualification process revolves around customers submitting maintenance records for review by GE or CFM to ensure engine configuration and overhaul practices that are consistent with GE and CFM-issued engine manuals, plus any other recommendations. There is no cost to participate and the TRUEngine designation is fully transferable.

MAEL to move from Manchester? bookmark

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has announced that it is considering a proposal to relocate the base maintenance work carried out at the engineering facility at Manchester Airport to its other facilities.Dependent on the outcome of consultations between the Manchester based employees and their union representatives, the decision may be taken to close this engineering facility.

 

The proposal follows an extensive review of MAEL’s UK aircraft engineering operations by the specialist airline advisory business, Seabury. It considered the changing shape and strategy of Monarch Airlines, future demand in the MRO sector, and the commercial viability of all of its facilities in order to ensure that MAEL continues to be a sustainable part of the Monarch Group.

 

As Monarch has progressed with its restructuring, it has identified further ways to optimise its operations. The Seabury review also showed that the Manchester facility is less viable than MAEL’s other hangar locations. The company has therefore started consultation with all Manchester-based employees and their representatives in connection with the proposal and the potential implications for the workforce.

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