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Alagro Fumigaciones Named Authorized Service Center for GE's M601 and H80 Engines

24. 01. 2011
Alagro Fumigaciones has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an Authorized Service Center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines.

EVENDALE, OHIO – Alagro Fumigaciones has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an Authorized Service Center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines.

As part of the agreement, Alagro Fumigaciones will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRUs and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engine families. GE Aviation will provide Alagro with comprehensive material support and training.

"Alagro Fumigaciones is a well-known service provider in South America with more than 40 years of experience in the marketplace," said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation's Business and General Aviation Turboprops. "With Alagro as an authorized service center, GE Aviation can better support its M601 and future H80 operators in the region."

Alagro Fumigaciones, located in Funes, Argentina, specializes in maintenance and repair of aircraft. Alagro provides engine inspections, airworthiness extensions, airworthiness approvals in Argentina, and a variety of repairs for aircraft and airframes. In addition to working with more than 90 customers across Argentina, Alagro also collaborates on repairs and production with Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil.

In 2009, Premier Turbines was selected as a Designated Repair Center in South and North Americas for GE's M601 and, once in service, the H80 turboprop engines. As a Designated Repair Center, Premier Turbines offers heavy repair services, full test capabilities, exchange engines and rentals, line replacement unit rotable pools and field service support to all existing and future M601 and H80 engines in the Americas region. GE Aviation provides the necessary OEM parts to meet Premier Turbines' needs.

GE Aviation's Business & General Aviation Turboprops has more than 1,600 M601 engines in service that have accumulated more than 17 million flight hours on 30 applications. Flight testing on the H80 engine continues on the Thrush 510G aircraft. The H80 is undergoing certification testing and will power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE's 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine compared with the M601 engine, with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds. The H80 will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers flexibility in propeller selection.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Learn more about GE Business & General Aviation at http://facebook.com/GEBGA. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.

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For further information, contact:

Eden Zeek (513) 243.1909 edengrace.zeek@ge.com Mobile: 513.417.5495

Deb Case (513) 243.0094 deborah.case@ge.com Mobile: 513.418.1644