Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) has signed a deal that will put its Phenix engine test cell at Roissy-CDG at the exclusive disposal of Snecma to undertake development tests on the LEAP engine.
The five-year agreement, which is the first of its kind for AFI KLM E&M, sees the engine maker partner with the MRO to undertake the tests needed for the engine’s development and certification.
After AFI KLM E&M has upgraded and adapted the test cell, its engineers will run tests on the LEAP simultaneously to the test programme already being carried out by Snecma and GE.
The first tests are scheduled to take place in Q4 of this years, with 20 engines to be tested by the end of the year, and 60 engines to be built over the next three years, confirmed AFI KLM E&M.
In undertaking the contract, the MRO says it is positioning itself as a “partner for the aircraft manufacturing industry”.