Collins Aerospace expands prop MRO in Malaysia; CFM, Lufthansa Technik sign MRO deal for LEAP-1B

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To better serve growing ATR fleets in the Asia-Pacific region, Collins Aerospace is launching new MRO capabilities for its 568F propeller at its Malaysia campus. IATA III operators of ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft will have access to a local pool of rotable spares. Collins will begin standing up the new services in 2022. Initially, the exchange programme will be supported by local operations to assess hardware preservation and condition, while the repairs and major inspections will be supported by Collins’ existing MRO centers in Europe, ensuring operators receive comprehensive and top quality OEM services.

“In the next decade, the ATR fleet is poised to enjoy significant growth in the Asia Pacific region and we’ll be there to support the increased demand,” said Nicolas Lérisson, aftermarket director, Propeller Systems for Collins Aerospace. “These new, local MRO services will bring faster exchanges and reduced transportation costs to our airline customers—ultimately supporting more efficient operations.”

Collins’ 568F six-blade propeller is currently flying in over 100 countries on more than 900 aircraft comprising the global fleet of ATR 42/72 aircraft.

CFM, Lufthansa Technik sign CBSA deal on LEAP-1B services

(PHOTO: Via Lufthansa Technik)

Lufthansa Technik and CFM International (CFM) have concluded a LEAP-1B CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA). This CFM license enables Lufthansa Technik to offer a wide range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for CFM LEAP-1B engines. Lufthansa Technik is the first independent MRO-provider worldwide to sign a CBSA for the LEAP-1B, enabling the company to offer cost-efficient services for LEAP-1B engines to international customers. The LEAP-1B engine powers the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, of which more than 4,700 have been ordered to date. It is expected that up to 15,000 aircraft of this type will be operated worldwide in the future. As a consequence, this new agreement significantly strengthens Lufthansa Technik’s position as one of the worldwide leading technical suppliers for narrowbody engines.

“With the new license, we have now taken a decisive step forward in the portfolio of our engine business. We are now able to overhaul, repair and offer mobile engine services on all relevant narrowbody engine types,” said Dietmar Focke, head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We are very proud to further extend our existing, very successful partnership and collaboration with CFM and to add this state-of-the-art engine type to our existing capabilities for the CFM56 family and the LEAP-1A engines. On this occasion, I also would like to thank our partner CFM for the ramp-up support they will give us in the next months, so that we can offer our services for this great engine as soon as possible.”

The CBSA includes extended licenses, access to repairs, and a strong technical cooperation. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik will continue to make use of its extensive knowhow of engine MRO and provide the full range of MRO services tailored specifically to customers’ requirements and to the needs corresponding to the life cycle of the engine. The focus will be on developing new MRO services and optimising the operating costs for the operators of the LEAP-1B engine. The services will range from engine overhaul and parts repair to on-wing support and engineering support.

Lufthansa Technik names new area corporate sales heads

Daniel Hepworth (right) and Andreas van de Kuil. (PHOTO: Lufthansa Technik)

Daniel Hepworth and Andreas van de Kuil have taken over new management positions within Lufthansa Technik’s corporate sales organisation. Hepworth, who was until end of December 2021 the general manager corporate sales for the UK, Ireland, France and BeNeLux, has become head of sales for Europe 2022. At the same time, van de Kuil, the former director for customer service and sales for the Americas of Lufthansa Technik Component Services, has started as head of sales for Eastern Europe & CIS. Since 2016, Hepworth has led a multinational team and was responsible for the development and implementation of the sales strategy for the UK, Ireland, France and BeNeLux. He has more than 20 years of experience in international MRO sales, including 14 years spent at Lufthansa Technik in various sales positions in Europe and North America. Starting in 2009, van de Kuil held different positions in Lufthansa Technik’s corporate sales organisation and as CEO of Lufthansa Technik Vostok Services. In 2017, he joined Lufthansa Technik Component Services in the US.

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