Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has received authorization from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to conduct maintenance operations on LEAP-1A and -1B engines.
Approval for both narrowbody engines was granted in late October, AFI KLM E&M says. Following the certification, the French-Dutch maintenance provider can carry out both on-wing and on-site MRO services on the engines, their parts and control units for Chinese operators.
The -1A powers the Airbus A320neo while the -1B is the engine option for the Boeing 737 Max. AFI KLM E&M has yet to obtain approval for the -1C variant of the Leap, which is due to be introduced in 2021 for the Chinese-manufacturer Comac C919 aircraft.
The CAAC certification follows AFI KLM E&M obtaining the approval of the FAA and EASA last year.
Anne Brachet, executive vice president of AFI KLM E&M, says getting the greenlight from China’s aviation regulator will help broaden products and services the company can offer.
Existing customers in the country include China Eastern Airlines, with whom it signed a contract for A350 component repair services around one year ago.
Aviation Week’s 2020 Fleet and MRO Forecasts projects a maintenance spend of $10.9 billion from this year through to 2029 for the Leap engine family.