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CFM expanding LEAP support network
A320neo with CFM LEAP-1A engines. © Airbus

CFM expanding LEAP support network

A total of six overhaul sites are scheduled to be on line by year-end 2019.

CFM plans to expand the total number of LEAP internal overhaul sites from four to six by the end of 2019 — Lafayette, Indiana; Queretaro, Mexico; Celma, Brazil; Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Since the LEAP engine program was launched more than a decade ago, CFM has committed to both developing internal capability through CFM Services, as well as working with its partners to expand third-party MRO capability.

The LEAP service model is based on the CFM56 model, which claims to have the most open MRO environment in the industry.  More than 40 shops including third-party, along with CFM parent companies GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines, currently perform CFM56 engine overhauls, resulting in about two-thirds of the worldwide shop visits being completed by non-CFM shops.  A similar choice of MRO providers is being established for the LEAP engine.

In addition to CFM shops, in February 2018, Lufthansa Technik became the first CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) licensee for the LEAP-1A engine.  This agreement provides commercial and technical support to Lufthansa Technik so it can offer CFM solutions to maintain the LEAP installed base to the highest standards.  CFM offers other licenses that enable MRO providers to offer third-party LEAP engine overhaul.  Air France-KLM and TAP have already announced LEAP services capability.

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