Japan Airlines (JAL) and GE Engine Services (GEES), a subsidiary of the
GE Aircraft Engines division of the General Electric Company (GE), have signed an agreement to create a GE90 Overhaul Center of Excellence for
Asia (GE90 COE Asia).
Maintenance services for GE90 engines will
commence in April 2004 at an existing JAL Engine Department facility located at the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita City.
JAL will use the facility to service its GE90 fleet and those of third-party
customers in Asia. GEES will provide a comprehensive Supply Chain Management program utilizing an on-site, full-service logistics for
component inspection, repair, distribution and storage.
The JAL Engine Department currently performs maintenance on a total of
about 200 engines of nine different types - including the GE's CF6 engine -
annually. The establishment of GE90 COE Asia will not simply result in the
addition of a new engine type for servicing by JAL. It will enable new and
enhanced services that is a winning combination of the rich experience and high-quality engine maintenance services, cultivated over the years
by JAL, with GE's OEM technology. At the same time, it will provide wider
options to airlines in Asia a wider regional option for servicing their GE90
Today, 21 airlines and leasing companies operate GE90-powered Boeing
777s, and an additional 105 firms orders are on the books. The GE90 family has grown with the development of several higher-thrust derivative
engines. The newest GE90, the GE90-115B, is listed in the Guinness Book
of World Records for producing an unprecedented 127,900 pounds of thrust during ground testing.