Safran opens new nacelle maintenance, repair and overhaul station in Asia

©Safran Necelles will open a new nacelle MRO station in Suzhou, China

Safran Nacelles announced during the Singapore Airshow the opening of a new site in Suzhou, China, dedicated to the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of nacelles. It is currently being set up and will be operational in the second quarter of 2022.

The Safran Nacelles-owned 5,200 m² (56,000 ft²) repair station is located on a Safran complex, which enables the company to benefit from shared corporate services. It is located in the heart of the Suzhou Free Zone, one hour west of Shanghai. This strategic location simplifies the material import and export processes for customers in the Asia region. This new site also complements the company’s MRO network, which already covers Europe, the Middle East, the Indian peninsula and the Americas. It will also be used as a storage base for large nacelle components (air inlets, thrust reversers, exhaust, etc.) for the entire Asia region.

The site is equipped with a dedicated MRO workshop and highly qualified personnel to repair nacelles and Line Replaceable Units (LRU). The on-site engineers are particularly expert in the repair of composite and metal aerostructures. They can also work on-wing, on aircraft operators’ sites and offer Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) guaranteed repair solutions.

Upon opening, the repair station will be certified by the Chinese (CAAC) and European (EASA) Air Authorities for the repair of nacelles and thrust reversers for the Airbus A330ceo and A320neo aircraft equipped with CFM International LEAP-1 engines and soon for the COMAC C919. The site teams are already supporting COMAC’s final assembly line to prepare the entry-into-service of its medium-haul airliner.

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