GE’s commitment to Saudi Arabia is reflected in its long-standing collaboration with the Kingdom’s airlines. Building on the foundation of a two-decade partnership, GE and Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an exclusive 10-year agreement in 2007 to supply the fleet of CF6, CF34, GE90 engines powering B747-400, MD11, E170, B777-200s aircraft. CFM International, GE’s joint venture with France’s Snecma, also supplies National Air Services with CFM56-5B engines.
Today, an airplane equipped with GE technology takes off every 10 minutes in the Kingdom, moving more than 42,500 people every day. More than 1,100 GE jet engines serve the Saudi aviation industry for both commercial and military use.
As part of GE’s continuous commitment to Saudi Arabia, and among its localization efforts, GE is supporting Saudi Arabian Airlines in opening the first engine repair and overhaul facility in the Kingdom.
In addition to the current repair and overhaul capabilities on the CFM56 and CF34 engines, the airline will use the state-of-the-art facility, located at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah, to launch overhaul services on the GE90 engines in the region.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is another major GE Aviation customer — possessing the largest international fleet of F110 engines in the world, in addition to the T700 and other military engines. Recently, the Military Systems Operation (MSO) team partnered with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), a division of Saudi Arabian Airlines, to establish engine overhaul capability within the Kingdom. The project includes organic capabilities for the disassembly, inspection, repair, assembly and testing of the F110 and T700 engines that will be performed at SAEI’s facility in Jeddah. The partnership supports GE’s commitment to invest in the Kingdom’s aviation industry and strengthen its workforce by introducing jobs in technical fields.
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