Safran Nacelles announced at the ongoing airshow that it would open a nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at a new site in Suzhou, China. This new site complements the company’s MRO network, which already covers Europe, the Middle East, the Indian peninsula and the Americas.
The new nacelle MRO facility will be operational in the second quarter of 2022, and construction is presently underway. The repair station once ready for operations will be certified by the Chinese (CAAC) and European (EASA) Air Authorities for the repair of nacelles and thrust reversers for the Airbus A330ceo, A320neo aircraft equipped with CFM International LEAP-1 engines, and soon for the COMAC C919. Safran Nacelle site teams are already supporting COMAC’s final assembly line to prepare the entry-into-service of their medium-haul airliner.
Alain Berger, Safran Nacelles’ Vice President of Support and Services said the company’s customers operating in the region would be able to benefit from timely, local support and services whilst reducing transport costs and the services to be offered at the facility range from preparation for entry-into-service to withdrawal of their aircraft from operation. The new repair station will further enhance the company’s NacelleLife service offer even further. It will also be used as a storage base for large nacelle components (air inlets, thrust reversers, exhaust, etc.) for the entire Asia region.
The Safran Nacelles-owned 5,200m2 (56,000ft2) repair station is located on a Safran complex and is located in the heart of the Suzhou Free Zone, one hour west from Shanghai. Safran is the only nacelle manufacturer in the world to supply all civil aviation segments, from regional and business jets to mainline commercial jets. The company’s high-performance nacelles combine silent operation, light weight and advanced aerodynamics and are fitted on aircraft, such as the Airbus A320neo, COMAC C919, Airbus A330neo, Gulfstream G700 and Global 7500. Safran Nacelles has over 260 airline customers.
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