KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has selected the General Electric CF6-80E1 engine to power its six Airbus A330-200 aircraft that are currently on order. Delivery of these new aircraft will begin in the summer of 2005.
Additionally, KLM’s Engineering and Maintenance division will become a CF6-80E1 Overhaul Centre of Excellence, expanding its CF6 maintenance and overhaul capability for KLM’s own fleet and for other customers.
KLM currently operates GE’s CF6-80C2 engines on its Boeing 747-400, 767-300ER and MD-11 aircraft, and GE90-94B engines on its Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
KLM’s Boeing 737 fleet is powered by CFM56 engines produced by CFM International, a joint company of Snecma Moteurs and GE. KLM Engineering and Maintenance also maintains this type of engine.
“KLM is pleased to be finalising the A330 engine selection process together with General Electric,” said Peter Harman, KLM’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director. “We are now prepared for the engineering and maintenance of this engine type well ahead of the phasing in of our first A330-200 aircraft starting in the summer of 2005.”