StandardAero to offer full range of MRO services for LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines
CFM International and StandardAero have signed a CFM Branded Services Agreement (CBSA) for both LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. Under the terms of the agreement, StandardAero will provide the full scope of LEAP Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for operators worldwide.
StandardAero is the first independent (non-airline) MRO provider in the Americas to sign a CBSA. Services will be provided at StandardAero’s flagship engine overhaul and assembly facility in San Antonio, Texas, supported by its world-class network of Component Repair Centers of Excellence.
CBSA license holders are provided the highest level of CFM support and training, as well as expanded access to proprietary overhaul and repair technology as they work with CFM customers globally to provide comprehensive maintenance solutions.
“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,” said Tom Levin, VP of CFM Commercial Programs for CFM parent company GE Aerospace. “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.”
“We are delighted to add LEAP MRO capabilities in the U.S. 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 maximize their operations with the LEAP engine.”
—Nicolas Potier, VP Support & Services, Safran Aircraft Engines
“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and what it means to the future of StandardAero,” said Russell Ford, Chairman and CEO of StandardAero. “The global fleet of LEAP-1A and -1B engines is expected to grow significantly in the coming years and this agreement will enable operators to benefit from StandardAero’s expertise in delivering high quality support for narrowbody aircraft engines for decades to come.”
Given the fast commercial success of the LEAP engine family that entered into commercial service in 2016, demand for LEAP MRO services will grow rapidly in the coming years. More than 5,000 LEAP engines have been delivered to customers, and CFM has around 10,000 LEAP engines in backlog.
The advanced CFM LEAP engine continues to set industry standards for fuel efficiency and asset utilization and has accumulated more than 29 million engine flight hours and over 13 million cycles in commercial operation. The fleet is providing up to 20 percent better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, as well as a significant improvement in noise compared to previous generation engines. Since its entry into service in 2016, the LEAP engine allowed our customers to save more than 20 million tons of CO2 compared to previous generation engines.