Portugal’s national carrier TAP has entered into a General Support License Agreement (GSLA) with engine manufacturer CFM for maintenance activities of LEAP-1A engines. The airline began commercial operations with LEAP-1A-powered A320neos earlier this year.
“This agreement is of great importance for TAP, as it will allow us to maintain the flexibility and high operational levels of the TAP fleet, as well as providing us with an equally relevant service offer for third parties in the market,” says Mario Lobato Faria, TAP’s Chief Technical Officer.
“We are pleased to take our long-term relationship with TAP to another level”, said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International. “As part of CFM’s ongoing commitment, we will support TAP in its strategy to provide world-class support services, helping LEAP operators maintain a level of utilization which sets a benchmark in our industry.”
TAP Portugal will now be able to initiate the process for LEAP-1A maintenance activities and benefit from CFM’s expertise in training.
TAP had placed orders for 79 LEAP-1A engines to power 37 new Airbus A320neo/A321neo aircraft and took delivery of the first three aircraft earlier this year.
TAP has been a CFM customer since 1990 and presently has a total fleet of 90 aircraft, including 70 Airbus aircraft, along with 21 aircraft in TAP Express livery.