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Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), the joint venture between Air China and CFM International (CFM), inaugurated in March a new 43,880 m2 facility in Chengdu, China — expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year.

“The expanded capacity of the new facility will further enhance SSAMC’s capability to provide world-class MRO services to customers from China and around the world,” says Chai Weixi, senior vice president of Air China and chairman of the board of SSAMC.

The facility, located in the Chengdu Free Trade Zone, benefits from the latest standards in terms of equipment and layout and is the largest CFM engine maintenance facility in Asia.

“I am honored to be part of this celebration,” says Olivier Andriès, CEO of CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines. “SSAMC has grown to be a highly valuable asset for our partner, Air China, and for Safran Aircraft Engines, as we support our CFM customers in Asia and around the world. The quality of the work and turnaround times this facility has achieved prepare it well for future LEAP MRO capability as this engine continues the fastest fleet ramp-up in aviation history.”

SSAMC was officially established as a 60/40 joint venture between Air China and CFM in 2010. Since then, the company has serviced more than 1,000 CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-7 engines for more than 40 customers throughout China and Asia.