A South American carrier and long-time CF6-80C2 operator approached General Electric (GE) recently with a request: help maximize the operating life of some engines with more than 20 years in service and optimize remaining life-cycle, rather than up-front, costs. GE and the airline created workscopes that factored in both service life, to maximize on-wing time, and operations metrics such as fuel burn, to boost efficiency. The workscopes meant incorporating a few more new parts than the ...

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