AFI KLM E&M has successfully conducted a series of correlation tests on a GEnx-1B engine in Paris, marking the expansion of its in-house capabilities for the engine type.
Correlation testing was carried out for more than one week at AFI KLM E&M’s Zephyr facility located at Charles de Gaulle Airport in the French capital.
The GE engine type was sourced from Dutch airline KLM. The correlation process consisted of comparing engine performance parameters measured on the same engine, tested in two individual test facilities, with the engine manufacturer’s facility used as the baseline.
AFI KLM E&M said that following completion of the tests, the Paris test cell will now be able to carry out the mandatory engine test run after each maintenance job carried out by the company’s Amsterdam engine shop.
Fabrice Defrance, senior vice president Commercial AFI KLM E&M, believes the MRO provider has a head start in the GEnx-1B aftermarket, which Aviation Week’s 2017 Fleet & MRO Forecast estimates along with its -1A variant will account for more than $35 billion MRO spend between 2017 and 2026.
“We are the first airline-MRO to have mastered this product, with a broad experience of more than 40 quick turns of which the majority was operated by airlines operating in severe engine operation conditions,” Defrance said.
The company said it is working further on its GEnx-1B offering with plans for new repairs before the end of 2017. These are, according to AFI KLM E&M, comprised of combustion chamber and high pressure rotor services.
It also plans to conduct a first performance restoration shop visit before the end of the year at its engine shop in Amsterdam.