DHL Worldwide Express has awarded GE Engine Services (GEES) a 15-year maintenance and overhaul agreement valued at $400 million.
The maintenance and overhaul agreement is said to represent the largest air transport maintenance investment made by DHL since it began operations 30 years ago.
The agreement calls for GEES to repair and overhaul the 68 Rolls-Royce RB211-535C37 engines that power DHL’s fleet of 34 Boeing 757-200 special freighter (SF) aircraft. Maintenance and overhaul work will be conducted at GEES’ full-service facility in Cardiff, Wales.
According to a statement, DHL embarked on the B757-200 SF acquisition program in 1999 to ensure improved reliability to their customers. The aircraft’s advanced landing capabilities enable landing in weather conditions offering just 75-metre runway visibility.
The aircraft is also said to exceed all international emission standards and presents a significant decrease in noise vis-a-vis all other comparable types.