MTU Maintenance and Malaysia Airlines Berhad have signed an exclusive 10-year contract for the airline’s over 100 CFM56-7B engines.

The contract covers maintenance, repair and overhaul for the engine fleet until phase-out and includes lease engines and LLP management.

“We are delighted to be partnering with MTU Maintenance,” said Izham Ismail, group CEO of Malaysia Airlines. “We are confident that MTU will provide the flexible, reliable service needed to keep our B737-800 fleet safely flying as well as an optimised cost per flight hour that supports our bottom line.”

The service offering incorporates MTU Maintenance’s PERFORMPlus solution for newer engines, ensuring longer on-wing times through optimized fleet management, engine trend monitoring, on-site services and lease support.

Further, it also draws on numerous elements of the company’s SAVEPlus solution for more mature engines, using smart strategies to minimize cost at end of life. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will be carrying out these services on behalf of Malaysia Airlines.

“This is the largest CFM56-7B contract signed by MTU Maintenance to date,” added Michael Schreyögg, chief program officer, MTU Aero Engines. “MTU is proud to be supporting Malaysia Airlines with our exceptional and intelligent solutions as their CFM56-7B engines enter the mature stage of their lifecycle. We look forward to proactively managing Malaysia Airlines’ fleet, maximising engine usage and reducing cost for our partner.”