Southern Air adds CF6s to MTU engine MRO deal

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US cargo carrier Southern Air has expanded its engine maintenance arrangement with German MRO provider MTU to include powerplants for its Boeing 747-400s freighters.

The Florence, Kentucky-based operator has granted MTU an exclusive long-term support contract covering current and, potentially, future additional General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. The deal, valued at "over $100 million", includes the lease of spares, says MTU.

Southern Air has four 747-400 freighters, two of which are powered by CF6 engines and the others by Pratt & Whitney PW4056s, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.

MTU has for the past two years serviced the GE90s powering Southern Air’s 777Fs.