AFI KLM E&M joins global MRO network for CFM’s LEAP engines

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has signed a CFM branded service agreement (CBSA) for LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.

Under the terms of the CBSA, AFI KLM E&M will provide the full scope of LEAP MRO services for operators worldwide.

“CFM is proud to have AFI KLM E&M join the LEAP MRO team,” said François Planaud, executive vice president support and services for CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines. “The addition of such a major, reputable provider greatly enhances and strengthens our open MRO network.

“With its vast experience on engines such as the CFM56, GE90 and GEnx product lines, its innovative capabilities, and its ongoing focus on designing new solutions, AFI KLM E&M will undoubtedly make significant contributions to the continued development of world-class support for the LEAP engine, throughout its life.”

Air France KLM purchased 200 LEAP-1A engines to power its new fleet of Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft earlier in the year, which will enhance AFI KLM E&M’s expertise in LEAP services.

“We have a decades-long relationship with AFI KLM E&M and we are grateful to build on that partnership,” said Tom Levin, vice president, after market strategic solutions for CFM International parent company GE Aerospace. “AFI KLM E&M is already providing LEAP quick-turn services today, so they can immediately provide customers with a competitive solution as the demand for LEAP engine maintenance ramps significantly over the coming years.”

AFI KLM E&M’s executive vice president Anne Brachet commented: “We are pleased to join the global maintenance network for the LEAP engine. This CBSA agreement with CFM is a recognition of AFI KLM E&M’s know-how and expertise in supporting new generation engines, and marks another key step in the development of our engine MRO service portfolio. I want to sincerely thank our partner CFM for its ongoing support in scaling up our LEAP activities.”

AFI KLM E&M’s SVP group engine product Michael Grootenboer said: “The open nature of the CFM MRO network creates a competitive environment that is highly beneficial to operators. It not only drives down cost of ownership throughout the engine lifecycle, but also ensures a continuous push for innovation, enhancing airline value and improving sustainability. As an airline-MRO, we put this drive at the core of our offering to operators worldwide.”

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