ST Aerospace Invests in GEnx

Jan 14, 2009
By Elyse Moody/Overhaul & Maintenance

Singapore Technologies Aerospace is setting up MRO capabilities for the next generation GE engine that will power Boeing 747-8 and 787 aircraft. Under a 20-year agreement announced today with GE, ST Aerospace subsidiary STA Engines in Singapore will be a GE-approved On-Wing Support provider for GEnx-1B and GEnx-2B engines.

STA Engines will provide On-Wing services using GE materials and GE-approved repair processes. The long-term deal also gives it access to GE technical support, including training, technical manuals and equipment.

"ST Aerospace is pleased to commit the necessary resources and efforts to support the entry into service of the GEnx engine," said ST Aerospace President Tay Kok Khiang in announcing the agreement. "With many GEnx operators being our current customers in other aspects of aviation support, we believe we can efficiently support GE's commitment to ensure responsive support to its customers."

More than 1,100 GEnx engines have been sold to date, according to the OEM. The 53,000-75,000 pounds thrust engine is designed as a higher efficiency successor to the CF6 engine. The GEnx-1B engine for the 787 received airworthiness engine certification from the FAA last March, and GE anticipates engine certification for the GEnx-2B on the 747-8 in the first half of this year.

This deal follows a broad cooperative agreement between the two companies for engine materials and MRO support, which they announced in July.

Photo credit: GE

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