Southern Air, MTU in MRO deal for B777/B747-8

Southern Air Holdings, Inc. has awarded MTU Maintenance Hannover an exclusive 12-year maintenance and spare engine support contract covering all present and future GE90-110B engines in Southern Air’s 777 Freighter fleet.


Southern Air future GE90-110B engines


Southern Air, MTU in MRO deal for B777/B747-8

Southern Air Holdings, Inc. has awarded MTU Maintenance Hannover an exclusive 12-year maintenance and spare engine support contract covering all present and future GE90-110B engines in Southern Air’s 777 Freighter fleet. The two companies also entered into an agreement under which MTU will provide maintenance and spare engine support to Southern Air’s CF6-80 engines for the multiple GE-powered 747-400s it will be adding to its fleet starting next year. MTU expects this multi-year partnership will generate at least €150 million in revenues over the lifetime of the agreement. “We are excited to enter into this long-term partnership with Southern Air, a leading global air cargo carrier. Southern Air is the world’s first ACMI operator to fly the new 777 Freighter, and we look forward to being the exclusive maintenance provider for the GE90-110B engines that power these state-of-the-art aircraft,” said Stefan Weingartner, MTU president Commercial Maintenance. Southern Air took delivery of its first two 777 Freighters last year. The company will take delivery of an additional two 777 Freighters in March-April 2012. “We have chosen MTU Maintenance based on their sterling reputation as a provider of commercial engine maintenance services. We are pleased to enter into this new agreement which will cover our fleet of 777 Freighters, the most advanced freighters on the market, as well as our incoming 747-400s,” said Daniel J. McHugh, CEO of Southern Air.