MTU wins GE90 maintenance contracts with three airlines

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MTU Maintenance has won contracts from three airlines to support their General Electric GE90 engines with a combined value of about $550 million.

Air New Zealand became the first GE90 customer for the Hanover-based MRO subsidiary of MTU Aero Engines, when it inked a 12-year MRO agreement for a dozen GE90-115B engines. The airline operates five Boeing 777-300ERs and has two spare engines.

US cargo carrier Southern Air Holdings signed a 12-year agreement covering maintenance and spare engines for its fleet of GE90-110B-powered 777 freighters.

The airline currently operates two 777F aircraft. It has two more on order for delivery by April next year and, according to MTU, wants to grow the fleet further in future.

The GE90 maintenance contract has been complemented by a similar deal for the General Electric CF6-80 engines of the cargo carrier's planned fleet of four Boeing 747-400s. These aircraft are to arrive by the first quarter 2012.

Both agreements have a combined value of around €150 million, according to MTU.

The third maintenance customer is Virgin subsidiary V Australia, which operates five GE90-115B-powered 777-300ERs.

MTU was certified to support the large turbofan family last year.