SIA Engineering Signs Leap Engine Testing Agreement With Safran

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SINGAPORE—Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC) and Safran have signed a new contract that will allow the Singapore-based MRO to test Leap-series engines locally. 

The 10-year deal will see the SIAEC engine test facility (ETF) upgraded with data acquisition and control systems from Safran Test Cells. SIAEC told Aviation Week Network that the ETF is expected to be ready to conduct CFM Leap engine tests by the fourth quarter of 2022.

SIAEC currently has an engine maintenance services agreement with Safran to provide engine on-site support, quick turn and borescope inspection services for the CFM Leap 1A and 1B turbofans. 

The Leap 1 will be the first CFM engine to be introduced to the upgraded ETF. The facility is capable of testing engines up to 150,000 lb. in thrust, meaning it is suitable for serving the Rolls-Royce Trent 500, 800, 900, 1000; Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000; the A380’s Engine Alliance GP7200; and the General Electric GE90. There is capacity to handle 250 engine tests annually, SIAEC says.

The new capability will allow SIAEC to better support its parent airline, Singapore Airlines, which has a growing fleet of Leap-powered aircraft. SIAEC can also use the ETF to tap into the Southeast Asia region, which is set to have one of the largest number of Leap-engined aircraft operating in the world.

Aviation Week Intelligence Network Fleet and Data Services shows SIA alone is expected to have 14 Leap 1B-powered Boeing 737-8s by March 2022 and will eventually have 37 in total. The rest of the region has over 1,100 engines on order.

Editor's note: This article was updated Dec. 8 after SIAEC provided more details on the ETF. 

Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is the Southeast Asia and China Editor for the Aviation Week Network’s (AWN) Air Transport World (ATW) and the Asia-Pacific Defense Correspondent for AWN, joining the team in 2017.