Lion Group and CFM International have signed a comprehensive Material Support Agreement for the airline’s substantial CFM fleet, as well as a consultancy agreement to support its planned engine maintenance and overhaul center in Indonesia. The long-term, multi-billion dollar agreement will cover nearly 1,000 CFM engines, which Lion Air currently has in service or on order.
Lion Group been a CFM customer since 2000 and has taken delivery of more than 100 CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737 aircraft. In February, Lion placed a $1.2 billion order for CFM56-5B engine to power 60 firm Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft.
The agreement provides for the comprehensive repair and replacement of life-limited and non-life-limited parts for the CFM engines in the airline’s fleet, as well as providing Lion Air with technical data for component repairs and engine overhaul to assist their operations.
“We are pleased to further develop our long-standing relationship with CFM,” said Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air CEO. “Our new maintenance facility, scheduled to become operational in 2016, will represent a huge step in no only bringing advanced maintenance technology to the Indonesia, but also to developing highly-qualified maintenance personnel As we embark on this new path to be self-sufficient with our engine maintenance, it is good to know that we have a great partner to help us along the journey.”
“There is a great synergy in this agreement and we are proud to support Lion Air as it launches the next chapter in its impressive history,” said Chris Drewer, regional vice president of Sales for CFM International.