CFM has opened its fourth CFM56 maintenance training centre in Hyderabad, India, to support its customers in the country and the region.
This facility mirrors those in the USA, China and France and will provide hands-on training for the maintenance of CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines, says the engine manufacturer. When fully operational, the centre it will have the capacity to train 500 students annually.
"India is one of the most dynamic economies in the world and the long-term potential is virtually limitless," says CFM International president Eric Bachelet.
The first CFM56 engines entered service with Jet Airways in 1994, and the company says that there are more than 500 CFM56 engines in service or on order in the region. These power Airbus and Boeing aircraft for Air India, Air India Express, Go Air, and SpiceJet, as well as airlines in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
CFM also provides engines for the Indian Government's VIP fleet of Boeing Business Jets, in addition to commercial applications. In January 2009, the CFM56-7B-powered Boeing P-8I was selected to provide long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capabilities to the Indian navy.
Snecma and General Electric, CFM's parent firms, also have Indian investments. In 2007, Snecma's 50:50 joint venture with HAL reached full production capability and supplies tubes and pipes for CFM56 engines. GE's large commercial engines like the CF6 and the GE90 have been operating in India since 1982.
Both companies also have extensive research and development capabilities in the country.