MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture between Germany’s leading engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Air Holding Company, celebrated the MTU Maintenance group’s 1,000th overhaul of a General Electric CFM56. The engine was delivered to customer China Southern Airlines. The celebration event was opened by Frank Bodenhage, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai President and CEO, and attended by 90 guests from both companies. After the opening speech the official certificate of the engine, a CFM56-7, was formally handed over to Li Hui, China Southern’s on-site engineer. The airline operates a fleet of 454 aircraft, 200 of which are CFM56-powered. China Southern is Asia’s largest airline in terms of fleet size and number of passengers carried, and the only Chinese carrier ranking among the top ten airlines of the world.