StandardAero has signed a long-term CFM branded service agreement (CBSA) to support the CFM International LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.

Under the terms of the CBSA, StandardAero becomes part of CFM’s authorised MRO network for the latest generation LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines, providing a full range of MRO services to operators worldwide.

StandardAero becomes the first independent (non-airline) MRO provider in the Americas to sign a CBSA for both the LEAP-1A, which powers the Airbus A320neo family, and the LEAP-1B, which powers the Boeing 737-MAX series aircraft.

StandardAero will support the LEAP-1A and -1B from its 810,000sq ft facility in San Antonio, US, which has benefitted from significant investment over the past five years and already provides a full range of narrowbody engine MRO support capabilities.

The company’s San Antonio facility also features a large test cell complex, which will provide performance and pass-off testing for the LEAP-1A and -1B.

StandardAero said it would also develop new engine component repairs and industrialisation through its Components & Accessories division’s network of locations and its Repair & Development Center of Excellence.

“StandardAero is honoured to become part of the worldwide MRO network for the LEAP engine,” said StandardAero’s president of airlines and fleets Lewis Prebble. “The CBSA agreement extends our existing 14-year relationship with CFM as an MRO provider for the CFM56-7B powerplant, and continues StandardAero’s expansion of its narrowbody engine support capabilities. We look forward to meeting the needs and expectations of LEAP operators worldwide for many decades to come.”

Tom Levin, VP of CFM commercial programs for CFM parent company GE Aerospace, commented: “We have a long history with StandardAero through our CFM56 engine line. This experience and their reputation as a highly respected MRO provider will help strengthen the CFM open network. We are proud they are joining the LEAP open MRO ecosystem and anticipate that StandardAero will make significant contributions to the continued development of world-class support for the LEAP engine throughout its lifecycle.”

Nicolas Potier, VP support & services for CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines, said: “We are delighted to add LEAP MRO capabilities in the US through this major partnership with StandardAero. CBSA agreements are part of CFM strategy to give our airlines customers worldwide more choice in the market while helping them maximise their operations with the LEAP engine.”

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