Siberia’s S7 Airlines yesterday announced a 13-year engine service-per-hour (ESPH) contract with Snecma Services, part of the giant French Safran group. The agreement, which covers all the CFM56-5A engines used on its Airbus and Boeing fleet, replaces an earlier one signed two years ago.

A leading airline in the Russian domestic market, S7 Airlines is based in Novosibirsk and has its largest hub at Domodedovo international airport in Moscow. Recent growth means S7 is standardising its fleet and last year acquired nine additional Airbus A319s. Snecma Services will handle the maintenance for these new engines, as well as for all other CFM56s operated by the airline.

S7 A319 
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“This new by-the-hour contract allows us to meet our objectives in terms of engine dispatch reliability and shop visit scheduling, all at very competitive prices,” says S7’s director general Vladislav Filev.

Founded in 1992, S7 Airlines has grown steadily. Today it is one of the 50 largest domestic airlines in the world, carrying more than 5.7 million passengers on 48,000 flights per year.

Source: Flight International