MTU Maintenance has signed a three-year agreement with Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways for repair and overhaul services on the CFM56-5B engines powering its Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.
Jazeera, founded in 2004 as the Middle East's first non-government owned airline, becomes the German engine specialist’s first customer from Kuwait. Work on the narrowbody engine type will be conducted in Zhuhai, China, where MTU focuses on the CFM56-5B model. It also operates other engine repair shops located in Hanover and Berlin as well as in Vancouver.
The company has looked to grow its footprint in the Middle East and says global demand for the CFM56-5B is strong. In the past 12 months alone, the independent engine services provider says six new -5B customers have been signed to contracts.
Aviation Week’s Fleet & MRO Forecast also projects a healthy future for the CFM56-5B variant. Total MRO demand from this year through to 2027 is estimated at $109.1 billion, while total MRO events are forecast to surpass 30,000 during the 10-year period.