CFM announced at the show yesterday that US low-fare carrier AirTran Airways has achieved TRUEngine status for 102 of the CFM56-7B engines powering its fleet of Boeing 737-700s.

To qualify for TRUEngine status an engine must be overhauled, fitted with CFM parts and repaired to CFM's requirements for that particular model. "We feel it is a great resource for the industry to know that our engines have been maintained to the exacting standards recommended by the original manufacturer," says Klaus Goersch, senior vice-president operations for AirTran.

To date, more than 3,000 CFM56 engines have qualified for TRUEngine status with over 25 carriers. This is about 18% of the CFM56s in service. A total of 9,000 CFM56 engines will be included in the TRUEngine database by year-end, says CFM.

"We launched TRUEngine in 2008 to help the industry more accurately appraise used CFM56 engines," says Kevin McAllister, vice-president of sales for CFM.

Source: Flight Daily News