HAECO and GE have signed an agreement for MRO services for the CF34-10A turbofans, which power Comac’s ARJ21 regional jets.
Under the branded services agreement, HAECO – through its Xiamen engine services unit – will be able to perform manufacturer-standard MRO works for the CF34. It will be the licence holder in the Greater China region for the engine type.
In a statement on 8 November, HAECO says it expects to be ready to provide engine support from 2024.
HAECO’s group chief Frank Walschot says: “This extended partnership with GE broadens our engine overhaul capabilities beyond wide-body engines to include regional jet engines, and we greatly look forward to providing world class engine repair and overhaul solutions to global ARJ21 operators.”
Adds GE Aerospace vice president of aftermarket strategic solutions Tom Levin: ”We are pleased to add a highly qualified MRO provider like HAECO to the CF34 global MRO network. HAECO will provide OEM material and overhaul support for CF34-10A engine customers and help them keep their engines in top condition.”
The CF34-10A has so far clocked more than 406,000 flight hours and 307,000 cycles since entering service in 2016, says GE. The engine is part of the CF34 family of engines, which also power other aircraft types like Embraer’s E-jet aircraft.
Cirium fleets data shows there are 65 in-service ARJ21s, with over 300 examples on order. Operators include Chengdu Airlines, Air China and China Southern Airlines.