The German MRO confirmed Wednesday (Dec. 6) that plans to increase capacity are under way for the new engine type, expected to enter its main base from next year.
Other initiatives anticipated at its engine services center include providing relevant staff training courses and tooling and equipment investments.
When ready in 2018, Lufthansa Technik said it will provide services for the LEAP’s entire lifecycle, encompassing engine overhaul and parts repair to on-wing support and engineering services.
Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, vice president engine services at Lufthansa Technik, said the company aspires to be a key player in technology for next-generation engines such as the LEAP.
Lufthansa Technik’s plan mirrors those of some other European maintenance providers.
In October, AFI KLM E&M confirmed it had begun LEAP services from Paris for the 1-A and 1-B variants of the engine. It also disclosed to MRO-Network.com that it is planning to increase the volume of LEAP on-wing services.
Aviation Week's 2018 Fleet & MRO Forecast predicts MRO demand for the LEAP family engine will slowly grow over the next decade, particularly for the 1-B variant powering the Boeing 737 MAX.
In the 10 years from 2018, it is projected to have a 2% share of total MRO demand.