AFI KLM E&M Obtains EASA Approval for LEAP Operations

AFI KLM E&M has obtained EASA approval to provide support during initial operations of the new-generation power plants and is now a supplier of MRO services for the LEAP engine, after establishing a license with aircraft engine manufacturer CFM International.

The Group has become one of the first suppliers of MRO services to be able to assist LEAP operators worldwide during the entry into operational service phase. AFI KLM E&M can now carry out the on-wing/on-site work on LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. The scope of these interventions is tailored to the requirements of operating airlines, and may include activities such as power plant build-up, borescope inspection, and line replaceable unit (LRU) replacement services, among others.

The MRO provider says its airline/MRO profile can handle the technical and operational requirements in connection with the entry into service of new engine types. It has provided support for initial operations with new engines on many occasions for its parent and third-party client airlines, and has developed extensive expertise for on-wing/on-site work. The company says its extensive international line maintenance network can work very closely on line maintenance for airlines operating the LEAP engine, anywhere in the world.

Depending on the work scope, AFI KLM E&M will also be able to assist customers in other areas related to maintenance work on the LEAP engine, such as aircraft/engine consultancy, tooling and equipment support, and in later stage quick turns and shop visits.

“We are proud to be able to support our customers as of now by carrying out the on-wing/on-site and line maintenance operations,”  says Anne Brachet, EVP, AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance. “This is an important milestone for our Group in developing a comprehensive, cutting-edge maintenance offering dedicated to the LEAP engine, which will enable us to gain precious experience and to work in partnership with our customers to guarantee them the most optimal support.”

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