CFM, Indian Airlines in MRO joint venture

The announcement adds further impetus to the ongoing efforts to build a comprehensive aviation infrastructure in the country

New Delhi: CFM International and Indian Airlines have announced that they'll form a joint venture to maintain, repair and overhaul (MRO) engines through a facility in India that will service CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines.

"This is a landmark agreement that will benefit not just our fleet, but the aviation industry in India," said Vishwapati Trivedi, chairman and managing director of the renamed Indian.

Indian Airlines, which is owned by the Indian government, operates six Airbus A319 aircraft with CFM56-5B engines, and has 43 Airbus A320 aircraft, powered by these engines, on order.

CFM International, based in Evendale, Ohio, USA is a joint venture between General Electric Co. and Snecma in France.