GE Aviation to provide engine maintenance services to SA Airlink’s 13 aircraft


GE Aviation has signed a ten-year agreement with South African airline SA Airlink to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to the CF34-8E and CF34-10E engines powering the carrier’s 13 Embraer aircraft.

The services will be provided under GE Aviation’s TrueChoice Flight Hour platform and will include three E170 and ten E190 aircraft.

With the new agreement, GE Aviation has become the sole service provider for all the GE engine-powered aircraft operated by SA Airlink.

“With this agreement in force, GE is now a partner rather than simply a service provider to SA Airlink in the care of its CF34 engines.”

SA Airlink maintenance contracts executive manager Neil Wilson said: “The selection of TrueChoice by SA Airlink was based on its capacity to deliver top-quality original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maintenance and engineering services at a competitive and predictable price and with comprehensive risk transfer in respect of the costs and impacts associated with unscheduled breakdowns and in-service modifications.

“With this agreement in force, GE is now a partner rather than simply a service provider to SA Airlink in the care of its CF34 engines.”

The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance platform includes a host of capabilities and customisation from GE.

The platform features TrueChoice Flight Hour solution, which is designed to help optimise costs of ownership during the engine lifecycle by offering flexible risk transfer and payment options.

It also includes TrueChoice Overhaul that offers time and material overhauls with customised works for an engine or a fleet.

TrueChoice Material provides new and used OEM parts, along with improved repairs and technology upgrades to enhance engine performance and support greater engine residual value.

The platform also features TrueChoice Transitions, which comprise various options for changing ownership horizons, such as green time leases, exchanges and material buy-back and others.