Ethiopian signs OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation

Nov 14, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines has signed a 10-year OnPoint solution agreement with GE for maintenance, repair and overhaul of its GE90 engines. Under this agreement, GE will maintain Ethiopian’s GE90 engines that power its 16 B777 aircraft, which comprises of six B777-200LR, six B777F, and four B777-300ER.

Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines said, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement on the maintenance of our GE90 engines. The OnPoint solution agreement will help us in optimizing our maintenance cost and assist us in maintaining a higher Dispatch Reliability of the B777 fleet. Our MRO has also developed the full Capability to Overhaul CFM56-3/-7B engines (Powering B737 Classic and Next Generation airplanes) with the assistance and support of GE Aviation. This OnPoint solution agreement will further build our growing relationship with our long-time partner GE Aviation.”

Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing and the most profitable airline in Africa. Ethiopian operates the youngest and most modern fleet to its more than 76 international destinations across six continents. The Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 777-200LR, 777-300ER, 777-F and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin.

“Ethiopian Airlines and GE Aviation have forged a strong relationship over the last decade as the airline has revitalized its fleet with GE90- and GEnx-powered aircraft,” said Paul McElhinney, president of GE Aviation’s Services operation. “This 10-year MRO services agreement will enable Ethiopian Airlines to have OEM-quality MRO service and support to ensure optimal engine performance.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

In addition, GE provided Executive Management Leadership training to Ethiopian senior Management staffs and Flight Operations Best Practices on Engine Operation (GEnx/B787 and GE90/B777) training to Ethiopian pilots. GE also provides technical and reliability support to Ethiopian MRO on the B787 GEnx engine.

Ethiopian MRO gets the approval standards of US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Agency and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for third party MRO service provision. Ethiopian MRO, one of the business profit centers of Ethiopian Airlines Group, provides world-class MRO services to sister airlines in Africa and the Middle East.