Snecma and Royal Jet sign engine maintenance contract

Royal Jet, the VIP Charter Operator based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has awarded a new engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract to Snecma (Safran group) for its CFM56-7B engine fleet.
Snecma, an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) shop, will provide MRO services for all CFM56-7B engines powering the operator's Boeing Business Jets (BBJ). Snecma has worked with Royal Jet for eight years and this long-term contract clearly reflects Royal Jet's confidence in Snecma and satisfaction with its services.

Abu Dhabi, July 1, 2010

According to Snecma Vice President Sales & Marketing Gaël Meheust: "Royal Jet is a growing VIP charter operator that flies to all international destinations. Snecma is fully committed to supporting VIP operators, and was especially honored to have been selected by one of the leading VIP carriers in the Middle East."

The key factors in Royal Jet's decision to extend this partnership were Snecma's expertise, local presence and proven ability to ensure that their engines operate as efficiently as possible. This contract will allow Royal Jet to meet its objectives in terms of engine reliability and shop visit planning, while keeping costs under control.

Royal Jet's Vice President Technical and Deputy CEO said, «Royal Jet currently operates the largest fleet of Boeing Business Jet's in the world and we currently have six in our fleet. Maintenance of these aircraft is important to our business and ultimately our bottom line; this is why Snecma was chosen as a reliable partner capable of maintaining the highest operational standards, at the right price with minimum downtime."

Snecma, the European leader in CFM56 MRO services, continues to expand its presence in the UAE. By drawing on its long experience in CFM engine maintenance, Snecma was able to offer Royal Jet a contract tailored to its specific requirements.


Note to editors

Snecma (Safran group) 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 CFM56* world's leader - 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 also 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 between GE and Snecma.

Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation and the "Presidential Flight Authority" the royal flight service, and is chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who serves as a Minister in the UAE Federal Cabinet.

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