Provision of mobile maintenance for GE Passport engine

GE Aviation has signed a maintenance support agreement with Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey GmbH (LTAA) for its GE Passport integrated propulsion system (IPS) which is scheduled to enter service on Bombardier's Global 7000 aircraft in 2018.

LTAA will be responsible for dispatching mobile repair teams to locations outside the United States. GE's own repair station in Strother, Kansas, will provide mobile support to customers within the United States.

LTAA's mobile repair teams will have 10 dedicated technicians to support GE Passport operations.  Outside the US, the team will also manage spare engines, tooling, fan blisks, and leased assets for the Passport engine. The LTAA team recently completed training at GE's Customer Technical Education Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently supporting Global 7000 flight test in Wichita, Kansas.

This latest agreement builds on the strong partnership between GE and LTAA to support CF34-powered Challenger customers outside of North and South America.  LTAA has been a member of GE's Authorized Service Center network for CF34-series engines since October 2014.

"GE Aviation and LTAA have worked collaboratively for years to provide superior engine service to our customers," said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation's Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems organization. "GE is pleased to expand this relationship for GE Passport, our newest and most advanced business jet propulsion system. The LTAA team's technical acumen, focus on turnaround time, and dedication to customers makes them a trusted and valued partner for the CF34-series and now on GE Passport."

"LTAA was the first independent MRO provider for the CF34 engine. Since 1992, we have proven to be more than just a reliable partner to GE and our common customers," said Mark Johnson, CEO of LTAA. "We are proud to be asked again, 25 years later, to support the latest GE engine model, the GE Passport from the very first day on."

GE Aviation's authorized service network for business and general aviation engines numbers more than 50 sites globally for M601, H80, CFM56, and CF34 engines. This network enables customers to have access to OEM-quality service and support around the world.

The GE Passport IPS has undergone rigorous testing since its launch in 2010. When it enters service, the propulsion system will have completed 4,000 hours and 8,000 cycles, which is 10 years of equivalent operation. The Passport is built on technologies proven and refined on multiple GE programs.