The first Leap training engine is scheduled to arrive at Lufthansa Technik’s engine shop in Hamburg later this month as the MRO continues its plans to introduce overhaul services for the CFM International model.
Since 2018, the German MRO has built up its tooling requirements for the engine, with job cards and maintenance instructions already written. In addition, Lufthansa Technik confirmed the engine's production concept has been defined and theoretical training for company employees has been underway in Hamburg since spring 2019. Last year, preparations for the first on-wing services within the Mobile Engine Service network started in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa Technik says the training engine is on schedule to arrive in the early part of September before practical preparation training will undergo completion. The new generation turbofan's -1B variant powers the Boeing 737 MAX, while the -1A is offered as an option on the Airbus A320neo aircraft.
In late 2017, the company stated it hoped to have Leap -1A and -1B engine overhaul capability by the following year--depending upon availability of tooling. The announcement followed its acquisition of MRO licences for the two variants.
Aviation Week has reached out to Lufthana Technik to inquire about the revised date for the first Leap overhaul in Hamburg.