MRO Management

Aero Norway invests in five CFM56-3 engines to support customers

Aero Norway

Independent engine MRO provider Aero Norway has invested in five more CFM56-3 engines, which it will introduce into its refurbish and sell programme.

This increase from the company’s original plan to undertake a total of six CFM56-3 engines for 2020 is in order to support its customers and fill the slots caused by deferred -5B/-7B workscopes as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Throughout March and April, Aero Norway has inducted mostly CFM56-3 engines for repair and overhaul as the pandemic has seen operators of the classic freighters burn more hours than ever before to support today’s increased cargo demand.

The company has said that it will continue to do this throughout this year as engine maintenance requirements from freighter customers are set to increase, and the acquisition of five serviceable engines will help these operators sustain seamless flight maneuvres.

Chief operating officer at Aero Norway, Neil Russell, comments: “Whilst other engine shops have closed their facilities, we have developed solutions with the Norwegian Government’s policies and procedures to ensure that all employees and everyone involved in the business stays safe, yet still able to fully maintain our operation.”

Aero Norway recently installed a new highspeed grinder and is currently in the process of replacing its plasma spray machine, including HVOF (High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel) capability.

Russell explains: “With our ongoing and recent investments, motivated people and continuous improvement, we strive to find the best ways to deliver engine MRO services of outstanding quality.

“Although the CFM56-3 is a legacy product for Aero Norway, we have the skilled technicians to extract the best EGT margins and consequently generate greater efficiencies and economies for our freighter customers. We’re renowned for that.”

The newly re-built CFM56-3 engines bring another dimension to what Aero Norway can offer within its diversified portfolio of specialist CFM56 engine family services and Russell adds that leasing companies have a precise need for CFM56-5B and -7B engine overhauls right now.

“Our loyal customers in the aircraft/engine leasing industry are keeping us fairly busy. Currently, some of our lessor customers are under immense pressure to be ready to re-position serviceable aircraft and engines when the critical Covid-19 situation passes.”

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