MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has said it now has the capability to maintain CFM International LEAP engines.

The General Support License Agreement (GSLA) signed between China Southern, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai’s 50/50 joint venture partner alongside MTU Aero Engines, and CFM International will enable the facility to maintain, repair and overhaul LEAP-1A and -1B engines.

The first quick turn LEAP-1B engine was inducted today. Alongside the newly introduced capabilities, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is also celebrating ground breaking on its 50% expansion today, taking it to a capacity of 450 shop visits by 2021.

Michael Schreyögg, chief program officer, MTU Aero Engines, commented: “We are delighted to announce that we will be incorporating the LEAP into our engine MRO portfolio.

“With around 30 engines in service, MTU Maintenance has the largest engine portfolio worldwide.

“The next generation LEAP engine is a natural evolution, especially in Zhuhai, where we are the largest narrow-body engine shop in Asia and already experts for the CFM56 engine family.”

The fleet of CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine is building up rapidly, logging more than five million engine flight hours through August, just three years after commencing commercial service.