TARMAC Aerosave supports the MRO ramp-up on LEAP Engines

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TARMAC Aerosave supports the MRO ramp-up on LEAP Engines

posted the : 20.06.2018

Following a successful partnership signature in June 2017 with Safran Aircraft Engines and its Part 145 approval extension (rating A) on A320neo aircraft, TARMAC Aerosave demonstrates with the delivery of its 7th LEAP-1A powered aircraft its capability in offering customized services and fast industrialization of MRO solutions on the latest commercial platforms.

Offering dedicated maintenance and support services to LEAP customers

This agreement with Safran Aircraft Engines is positioning TARMAC Aerosave as the MRO support for the EMEA region, either on site or at the customer base. The scope of services can cover a restrained perimeter (borescope, engine wash, LRU swap) or a complete one (full engine change). The challenges related to the steep ramp-up of the LEAP program are not only centred on production but also on maintenance services. « TARMAC Aerosave was clearly ahead of competition and demonstrated a strong involvement during the call for tenders’ process, points out David Pineau, MRO Buyer at Safran Aircraft Engines. We were also interested in their ability to send out their team and tooling kit at the operators’ facilities as well as hosting the aircraft on TARMAC Aerosave’s sites ».

« Safran Aircraft Engines saw in TARMAC Aerosave a swift and responsive company, benefiting from a qualified workforce and the appropriate installations. We were able to back up their engine manufacturer’s expertise with our aircraft MRO capability », outlines Pierre Bonnichon, Business Development Manager at TARMAC Aerosave.

A growing range of services

Shortly after the contract launch and the first aircraft delivered it appeared there was a requirement for additional services such as end-of-lease tasks. TARMAC Aerosave has therefore extended its rating B on LEAP engines and also makes the necessary investments to carry out specific tasks in its engine workshop. In parallel the first toolings arrived preparing TARMAC Aerosave’s approval extension on B737Max aircraft.

Philippe Fournadet, President of TARMAC Aerosave, adds: « we have built with Safran Aircraft Engines a strong and faithful relationship enabling us to offer innovative solutions. We are combining our respective area of expertise to find the most suitable options for the operators during maintenance events. And TARMAC Aerosave will keep investing in both infrastructures and manpower to guarantee the necessary quality and the appropriate satisfaction level to LEAP customers ».


Novair: a flying visit and a satisfied airline 

Saturday 24th March 2018, 02h45 am, Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées airport. The Novair A321neo (SE-RKA) leaves TARMAC Aerosave facility and takes off. It has been subject to a double engine removal and returns to Stockholm for an early commercial flight. « For the first time we had to carry out a double engine removal. We therefore carefully planned and organized the whole process with TARMAC Aerosave teams and the customer », indicates Hichem Belghagi, Customer Support Manager in charge of Novair at Safran Aircraft Engines. Result is: a straightforward success as evidenced in the below email sent by Thomas Krook, Director Technical Operations, a few days later:

“From the entire team here at Novair, please let me express our sincere appreciation to everyone involved at TARMAC in last week’s challenging engine project on SE-RKA. We managed to get the aircraft back to Arlanda in time to meet the scheduled departure Saturday morning. You really showed dedication and effort to help this airline out from the start to the finish line. We look forward to coming back in a few weeks.”

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