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PARIS: Turkish picks CFM for Leap maintenance

Turkish Airlines has opted to have its Leap-1B engines maintained by their manufacturer, CFM International.

CFM says the carrier has signed a 15-year, hour-based service agreement covering the engines that will power an on-order fleet of 75 Boeing 737 Max jets. These are scheduled to join Turkish's fleet from next year through 2023.

"We appreciate the high level of confidence this agreement shows in CFM and in our ability to support their operations over the long term," states Gael Meheust, chief executive of the GE-Safran joint venture.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Turkish has a fleet of 93 737NG jets, for which the CFM56-7B is the only available powerplant.

Turkish Engine Center's website indicates that it supports the CFM56-7B, the CFM56-5C – which powers Airbus A340-200/300s – and the International Aero Engines V2500.

The overhaul shop in Istanbul is a joint venture between the airline's maintenance division Turkish Technic and Pratt & Whitney.

Turkish's A320-family jets are predominantly powered by V2500s, and the airline picked PW1100G geared turbofans for an on-order fleet of A321neos.

In an earlier version, 2023 was miskeyed as 2013 in the second paragraph

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