Snecma and Royal Air Maroc sign maintenance contract for CFM56-7B engines

Farnborough, UK, July 20, 2010. Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the Moroccan national airline, today awarded Snecma (Safran group) a "by the hour" maintenance contract for its CFM56-7B engines, applicable until December 2018.

The contract will eventually cover 36 Boeing 737NG twinjets in the RAM fleet; the airline currently operates 26 of these aircraft. Maintenance services will be provided by the joint venture between Snecma and RAM, Snecma Morocco Engine Services (SMES), specialized in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the CFM56-3, CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B engines. The SMES plant is located in Casablanca.

Royal Air Maroc flies to nearly 70 national and international destinations. The contract with Snecma covers complete engineering support for these engines, as well as additional support for spare engines.

This exclusive long-term contract confirms Royal Air Maroc's confidence in Snecma and satisfaction with its services. "The decisive factors in our choice were Snecma's expertise, its local presence and its proven ability to provide optimized operational support for our engines," said Driss Benhima, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc. "For Royal Air Maroc, this competitively-priced ‘by the hour' maintenance contract will enable us to meet our objectives for engine dispatch reliability, while keeping our costs under control."

Snecma, already the European leader in CFM56 MRO services, further bolsters its presence in Morocco with this latest contract. Building on its experience in CFM56 engine maintenance, Snecma was able to offer RAM an optimized contract that would enhance its competitiveness.

"We are delighted to be able to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc," said Yves Prete, head of Snecma's MRO division. "This latest agreement once again shows our ability to adapt our offering to meet the specific requirements of each customer."

Note to editors

  • Snecma, a Safran group company, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft and space engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines – including the market leading CFM56 – that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, along with military aircraft engines that have always delivered world-class performance. Snecma also develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launch vehicles and satellites. Snecma offers a complete range of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to airlines, armed forces and operators.
  • CFM56 engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma and GE.
  • Snecma Morocco Engine Services (SMES) is a majority-owned subsidiary of Snecma (Safran group), created in partnership with Royal Air Maroc. Based in Casablanca, SMES is specialized in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the CFM56-3, CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines, as well as auxiliary power units (APU) and other equipment.
  • Founded in 1957, the Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc provides passenger and freight air transport under optimum conditions of quality, safety and comfort. With more than 50 years of experience in international air transport, Royal Air Maroc has established a solid reputation based on its expertise, professionalism, skilled staff and top-flight service. Royal Air Maroc operates a fleet of 54 aircraft, serving nearly 70 national and international destinations.

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