CFM International and Lufthansa Technik have finalised a CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) which adds Lufthansa Technik to the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) network for LEAP-1A engines.
The engines are produced by CFM International, the joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines and are an option on the Airbus A320neo-family jets.
The parties said a similar agreement is being prepared for Leap-1Bs, which power Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The agreements reflect an increasingly close cooperation between the two companies.
Gaël Méheust, President and CEO of CFM International said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome a provider of the calibre of Lufthansa Technik to the LEAP MRO network. We have a very long, very successful relationship with them through the CFM56 product line. This CBSA will take that relationship to a whole new level.
“We are very proud of what we have accomplished with the LEAP engine in terms of fuel efficiency, reliability, and daily utilisation and our customers love flying this engine. We believe that the level of support Lufthansa Technik can provide will help ensure that our customers continue to reap those benefits over the life of the product.”
Starting next year
The maintenance provider expects to service its first Leap-1A at its engine shop in Hamburg in early 2019.
“We are proud to join the CFM MRO network and extend our existing, very successful partnership and collaboration beyond the CFM56 family. The LEAP engine represents the next generation of aircraft engines with state-of-the-art technology,” commented Bernhard Krüger-Sprengel, VP Engine Services, Lufthansa Technik.