MRO Group AFI KLM E&M has announced that it has acquired EASA approval to support LEAP engine initial maintenance operations.
The Group has become one of the first MRO service providers to hold the capacity to assist LEAP operators during the entry operational service phase. Additionally, AFI KLM E&M is able to support projects involving on-wing/on-site work on LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines.
The scope of the Group’s offering around LEAP engine includes power plant build-up, borescope inspection, and line replaceable unit (LRU) replacement services, to name a few.
Additionally, AFI KLM E&M will also be able to assist customers in other areas related to maintenance work on the LEAP engine. This includes consultancy on aircraft and engine operation, tooling and equipment support, as well as later stage Quick turns and Shop visits.
Anne Brachet, executive vice president, AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: "We are proud to be able to support our customers as of now by carrying out the on-wing/on-site and line maintenance operations.”
She added: “This is an important milestone for our Group in developing a comprehensive, cutting-edge maintenance offering dedicated to the LEAP engine, which will enable us to gain precious experience and to work in partnership with our customers to guarantee them the most optimal support."
Since its inception, AFI KLM E&M has provided support for initial operations with new engines on projects for both its parent and third-party client airlines. As a result, the Group garnered extensive expertise for on-wing/on-site work, while also developing skilled and experienced teams.