Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels is to develop its maintenance activities, specialising in the maintenance of LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.
The Safran Aircraft Engines subsidiary has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Brussels Airport for the construction of a “new generation” building at Brucargo North, the airport’s logistics zone.
Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels has been based at Brussels Airport for 23 years and its maintenance and repair activities have recently focused on the CFM56 engine.
The company’s work on LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines will come as part of Safran Aircraft Engines’ worldwide MRO network, with capabilities ranging from under-wing inspection to partial disassembly. Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels said these ‘line and site operations’ would allow the optimisation of engine availability and rapid return to operation for customers.
“We are delighted that Safran Aircraft Engines has chosen Brussels Airport as the location for its line and site operations centre of excellence, thus strengthening our long-standing partnership of more than 20 years,” said Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist. “As a key player in the aeronautical maintenance sector, Safran Aircraft Engine Services Brussels can count on our expertise in real estate to develop and intensify its activities.
“This new sustainable development project fits perfectly with our future vision for our cargo area. Not to mention that this will lead to new jobs being created, which in turn will further strengthen Brussels Airport’s position as Belgium’s major economic engine.”
Safran Aircraft Engines Support & Services director François Planaud commented: “We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with Brussels Airport, which allows us to establish a site of excellence for our after-sales activities in Belgium.
“The location of this new facility meets a twofold purpose: develop and modernise our global maintenance network to support the growth of the LEAP fleet worldwide, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of our operations and infrastructure as part of Safran’s commitment to decarbonising the industry.”