Air China and CFM International on Tuesday signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to strengthen the LEAP engine MRO capability of Sichuan Services Aero-engine Maintenance Co., Ltd. (SSAMC), a joint venture between the two parties.
The companies also celebrated the introduction, from earlier this year, of the LEAP-1A engine into the airline’s fleet.
“High reliability and utilization rate of engines is key to the recovery of airlines in the post-epidemic era,” said Ni Jiliang, chief engineer of Air China. “The LOI to build LEAP engine MRO capacity will enable SSAMC to provide better service for domestic and foreign customers and become a globally competitive aero-engine maintenance base.”
SSAMC, formally established in 2010, is a joint venture between Air China and CFM, with 60% and 40% investment respectively. It is also the first Sino-foreign joint venture dedicated to the MRO of CFM56 and LEAP series engines in China.
“Air China is both a strategically important customer and partner. We are deeply honored to be continuously recognized by Air China.” Weiming Xiang, president of CFM International Greater China, said, “China is important to the recovery of the global narrow-body market during the pandemic. Promoting SSAMC’s LEAP engine MRO capacity is of great significance for ensuring the stable growing of LEAP engine fleet.”
The first LEAP-1A engines were delivered to Chinese customers in June 2018. At present, there are 10 airlines in Greater China operating A320neo aircraft powered by LEAP-1A engines.
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