Farnborough, UK. July 13, 2016. Thomas Cook Group Airlines signed a five-year TrueChoiceTM Transitions agreement with GE Aviation for the time and material to repair and overhaul its fleet of CF6-80C2 engines that power its eight Boeing 767 aircraft.
“The Boeing 767 fleet is the backbone of our German long-haul fleet. It safely and reliably carries millions of passengers to their holiday destinations each year,” states Bernd Bechtel, Head of Group Fleet Management Thomas Cook Group Airlines. “Therefore we are glad to have found an experienced partner who can ensure the highest quality. We were also convinced by GE Aviation’s high level of service and professionalism when it comes to maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial airplanes.”
Thomas Cook Group Airlines consist of four sun and beach focused leisure airlines: Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor. The airlines carry 17.2m passengers per year, generating revenues of £2.7bn. The combined fleet consists of 95 aircraft.
“GE Aviation understands the expectation of a leisure travel provider like Thomas Cook Group Airlines, which needs the most reliability and dependable engines for its holiday traveling customers,” said Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation Services. “With a TrueChoice Transitions agreement, Thomas Cook Group Airlines will have access to the high-quality material and workscopes that GE has perfected to ensure its engine assets stand at the ready for its vacation travelers.”
The TrueChoice suite of engine maintenance offerings for commercial aviation industry emphasizes the breadth and depth of capabilities and customization across the entire engine lifecycle. The TrueChoice suite includes:
TrueChoice Flight Hour provides customized offerings that help optimize cost of ownership over the entire engine lifecycle with flexible risk transfer and payment options.
TrueChoice Overhaul provides time and material overhauls with tailored workscopes specific to shop visit objectives, economic priorities and ownership horizon – whether for one engine or an entire fleet.
TrueChoice Material provides high-quality new and used OEM parts, advanced repairs and technology upgrades for airlines and MROs that enhance engine performance over the lifecycle and support higher engine residual value.
TrueChoice Transitions provides a broad range of options for changing ownership horizons, including green time leases, exchanges and material buy-back, plus custom workscopes with shorter builds and maximum used material. For lessors, GE offers products specifically designed to accommodate a change in owner or operator.
Each of the TrueChoice offerings is underpinned by GE Aviation’s emerging capability and experience with using data and analytics to offer new insights to reduce maintenance burden and service disruptions for our customers.