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23/09/2009 - CRMA has been selected by GE as Primary Repair Source for GP7200 TCF and combustion chambers

Paris, Amsteelveen, 23 September 2009. CRMA, as part of AFI KLM E&M worldwide network, has signed a contract with GE to become repair provider for the Engine Alliance GP7200 engine combustion chambers (CC) and turbine center frames (TCF). The GP7200 engine is a new generation engine built by the Engine Alliance (a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney) to power the Airbus A380 aircraft.

Under this agreement, CRMA will repair the GP7200 engine combustion chambers and TCF as primary source. These two modules will extend the wide range of CRMA MRO Services dedicated to Very Big Engines (VBE).

GP7200 engine repairs will benefit from the high tech industrial infrastructure CRMA already operates for the repair of GE's GE90 engine combustion chambers and TCF. For instance CRMA has recently invested in a laser drilling machine, a laser welding machine, and a vacuum brazing furnace.

Luc Bornand, CEO of CRMA said: "We are delighted to offer customers our new capacity to repair GP7200 engine parts, since we gained significant experience on larger parts of similar design. CRMA teams are proud to see their expertise of combustion chambers and CFM56 and GE's CF6 engine parts acknowledged this way. We are ready to provide the best technical quality alongside efficient cost control of the repairs".

"GE is proud to be working with such a well respected supplier like CRMA," said Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager of GE Aviation's Assembly and Overhaul organization. "CRMA has a highly skilled workforce and a strong history of delivering great technological value to its customers."  
This agreement reinforces CRMA's position as a market-leader for parts and modules repair, providing services for a wide range of engines including CFM56 and GE's CF6, as well as Very Big Engines such as GE's GE90 series. Once again, its expertise is thus acknowledged by its MRO customers as well as OEMs.

As a subsidiary, CRMA contributes to AFI KLM E&M's strategy aiming at intensively developing engine parts repair, and at offering its customers the most reliable maintenance solutions at optimized maintenance costs.
About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation.

About the Engine Alliance
The Engine Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The GP7200 engine is derived from two successful wide body engine programs, the GE90 and the PW4000. In addition to being the quietest, most fuel efficient engine for the A380, the GP7200 engine has emissions that are well below current and anticipated regulations. The GP7200 entered revenue service last year with Emirates and has demonstrated a departure reliability rate greater than 99.9% with no in-flight shutdowns. In addition to Emirates, the Engine Alliance GP7200 has been selected to power A380 aircraft for Air France, Korean Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Austral and the International Lease Finance Company (ILFC).

About CRMA
Over the past decade, CRMA has invested in parts and modules repairs for the CFM56 series engines and for Very Big Engines, namely the GE90 and now the GP7200 engines. New production lines, such as that for combustion chambers, combined with highly-skilled staff, improve customer relationships and overall quality of service. For more information, visit us at www.crma.fr

Following the merger between Air France and KLM, Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance joined forces to become the world-leading multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider. With a joint workforce of over 14,000, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support capabilities for airline operators ranging from engineering and aerostructures work to the management, repair and supply of aircraft parts and components, backed by a powerful logistics network. Together they support more than 1,230 aircraft operated by over 150 major international airlines. For more information, visit us at afiklmem.com

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