Snecma Services signs engine maintenance contract with Bulgaria Air

Paris, October 29, 2007 – Bulgaria Air, based in Sofia, has chosen Snecma Services (SAFRAN Group) to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for its CFM56-3 engines. The five-year contract covers the jet engines powering the airline’s Boeing 737 Classic twinjets. Choosing an exclusive Time & Material contract, the Bulgarian airline is counting on the European OEM shop’s proven expertise in CFM56 servicing. Snecma Services will provide MRO services for these engines, as well as teaming up with its customer on the possible expansion of its scope of services in the region.

Snecma Services will call on the full industrial capabilities of its international network for this contract. Repair shops in France and Morocco will be mobilized to increase CFM56 servicing capacity and reduce turnaround times (TAT).

This contract bolsters Snecma Services’ position in the Eastern European market and consolidates its leadership as a CFM56 MRO provider. “We chose Snecma Services following a long and meticulous tender process,” explains Dimitar Pavlov, General Director of Bulgaria Air. “They offer proven technical expertise, and we also recognize the importance of the OEM label, which is synonymous with quality and should generate savings throughout the contract period. Furthermore, our contacts at Snecma Services listened to us very attentively and obviously understood our requirements. During the negotiations, they were both professional and perseverant.”

According to Pierre-Emmanuel Gires, Senior Vice President of Snecma Services, “this latest contract marks a major step forward for Snecma Services in Eastern Europe. We are very honored at this mark of trust by Bulgaria Air. We will deliver top-flight service to our customer, and work with them to develop a real long-haul relationship.”

Snecma Services (SAFRAN Group) provides a full range of aero-engine support services to operators worldwide (airlines, armed forces, lessors, VIP transport, etc.) including:  engine MRO, parts repair, engineering support (fleet management, remote diagnostics), LRU support, engine maintenance on site (EMOS), technical assistance,  tools, technical documentation, test cell calibration, engine leasing,  flight test support, customer support, mechanics training and more. Snecma Services operates three sites in France (Montereau, Saint-Quentin and Châtellerault) and has a Belgian subsidiary, Snecma Services Brussels. The company has also created a number of joint ventures with major airlines and manufacturers.

Source: Snecma Services (SAFRAN Group)
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