Safran Nacelles and AFI KLM E&M have today signed a license agreement for the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Airbus A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles. Over 2,500 nacelles produced by Safran Nacelles are currently in service on Airbus A320neo aircraft that are powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines*.
Through this agreement, Safran Nacelles ensures that the growing fleets of A320neo can benefit from the best standards in nacelle repair, guaranteed by the OEM**. In addition, with the support of the Safran Nacelles' and AFI KLM E&M’s global network of MRO stations, A320neo operators are assured to find a station nearby so that repair time can be shortened and the cost of logistics reduced.
By acquiring a license from Safran Nacelles, the OEM of the A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles, AFI KLM E&M is expanding its industrial capabilities. The company will access to the OEM tooling and rotable asset pool, in addition to its own resources and assets.
Alain Berger, Safran Nacelles’ Executive Vice President Customer Support & Services, stated: "We are delighted to welcome AFI KLM E&M in our licensed MRO network for A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles support. We’re familiar with the quality and reliability of the support solutions offered by the AFI KLM E&M, which is, and shall remain, a valuable partner for Safran Nacelles in the after-sales market."
Benjamin Moreau, SVP Strategy & Business Development at AFI KLM E&M, said: “Following the signature of the CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA), the LEAP-1A nacelles License contributes to AFI KLM E&M's strategy to develop a full capability on the LEAP engine based on its dual expertise of an airline-MRO. We are extremely proud to increase our range of services for next-generation nacelles based on our ability to design and deliver adapted and high-performance services. Via this license, we will be able to further strengthen our capabilities to the benefit of our customers around the world.”
(*) CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
(**) OEM: Safran Nacelles Original Equipment Manufacturer for the Airbus A320neo’s LEAP-1A nacelles.
Safran (safran-group.com) is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 83 000 employees and sales of 19.0 billion euros in 2022, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.
Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
Safran Nacelles designs, integrates and provides support and after-sales service for aircraft nacelles. The company is a global leader in the market for commercial aircraft with more than 100 seats, business aircraft and regional aircraft. At the cutting edge of technology, Safran Nacelles offers nacelles that are ever more integrated with the engine, aerodynamic, lightweight with advanced acoustic treatments to contribute to the reduction of CO2 and noise emissions from aircraft.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (afiklmem.com) is a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider. With a workforce of over 12,800, AFI KLM E&M offers comprehensive technical support for airlines, ranging from engineering and line maintenance to engine overhaul, aero structure and fan thrust reverser support, as well as the management, repair and supply of aircraft components, structured around a powerful logistics network. AFI KLM E&M supports almost 3,000 aircraft operated by 200 major international and domestic airlines.
Contact: Communication Department - Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance