Snecma (Safran) wins exclusive CFM56-7B engine maintenance contract from SAS

Le Bourget, France, June 17, 2013 – Scandinavian Airlines (SAS Group) and Snecma (Safran) today signed an eight-year maintenance contract, covering all of the airline's CFM56-7B engines. The contract can be extended on option to 14 years.

SAS will be covered by a dedicated customer service package, with services ranging from engine fleet management support to engine repairs through the global network of Snecma repair shops.

The decisive factors in SAS's decision included Snecma's long-standing expertise as an engine manufacturer, local presence and proven ability to ensure that engines operate as efficiently as possible. Snecma will also offer new services to SAS to ensure high dispatch reliability while reducing maintenance costs.

Gaël Meheust, Snecma Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, said "We are proud that the leading Scandinavian airline continues to place its trust in Snecma, through this latest agreement covering its entire CFM56-7B engine fleet. SAS and Snecma have established a long-standing relationship, now reaching back some 15 years, and this latest contract demonstrates the airline's continued confidence in our services."

Flemming J Jensen, SAS Executive Vice President & COO said: "Efficient maintenance of our fleet is very important to our business. Based on our previous MRO experience with Snecma over the last ten years, we chose Snecma because we know they are a reliable partner, capable of maintaining the highest operational standards, at the right price and with minimum engine downtime".

SAS, the multinational carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, operates scheduled flights to 136 destinations throughout Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the United States. The SAS fleet includes 92 CFM-powered aircraft, with 78 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737 Next Generation jets (737-600/-700/-800).


Snecma is part of Safran, an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Snecma designs, builds and sells propulsion systems for air and space, including a wide range of commercial engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally-friendly, led by the global best-seller CFM56 and the new-generation LEAP*. The company also makes world-class military aircraft engines, as well as rocket propulsion systems and equipment for satellites and launch vehicles. Snecma is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil and military aircraft engines, under the new EngineLife® brand, offering comprehensive support for customers around the world.

*CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran), France and GE of the United States.

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