Safran Helicopter Engines has reached an agreement to expand the scope of its helicopter engine support partnership with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI).
The partners will extend their support to helicopter engines used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Thai parapublic operators.
The new agreement builds on the relationship between Safran and TAI, which began in 2017. At that time, Safran agreed to support the Makila engine that powers the Airbus-built H225 helicopters operated by the Royal Thai Air Force.
Pursuant to the agreement, the companies will expand the support and services provided through the partnership to include more operators.
The partnership will now cover customers such as the Royal Thai Navy and new engine models, including the Arrius and the Arriel.
Arriel engines are used on the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ fleets of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155.
Furthermore, the agreement seeks to optimise the technical support provided by Safran to include inventory management.
Safran has also chosen TAI as a national distributor of its spare parts in Thailand.
In a statement, Safran said: “The partnership with TAI, covering around 50 engines, is built around the global support package (GSP) service model, which guarantees engine availability to military and parapublic operators.
“It is executed through the industrial capabilities of TAI, the main aircraft repair and maintenance service provider in Thailand.”
Services offered by the partnership include helicopter engine line maintenance, depot repair, inventory management and technical support expertise for government operators.
The GSP model guarantees the availability of serviceable engines to customers whenever they need them.
It also offers budget stability, fixed price per engine flying hour and a technical partnership with the OEM.
Safran Helicopter Engines Asia manages the company’s partnership with TAI.
Based in Singapore, Safran Helicopter Engines Asia supports more than 1,000 Safran helicopter engines serving over 175 operators in South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent.