The co-operation between an OEM and an MRO company isn't just a story. Safran Nacelles and Lufthansa Technik opened MRO Europe exhibition in Amsterdam together, with the announcement of a co-operation agreement for the maintenance of Airbus A320 nacelles powered by LEAP. The aim is to provide greater service flexibility and reduce their costs.
More specifically, this co-operation will be in advance of the repair phase, in the engineering teams. When a fault is identified, Lufthansa Technik and Safran Nacelles engineers will work together to develop a repair solution. "We know that the aircraft will be a success, so we need the best solutions to keep it in the air. There are a lot of new technologies in the nacelle, so we need to develop new techniques and new repair solutions", says Olivier Savin, customer support and service director at Safran. "The nacelle is quite a unique piece of equipment, and so can any damage to it be too. "
The co-operation between the French equipment manufacturer and the German MRO company isn't stopping there and also covers stocks. The plan is to create a pool of nacelles, which will be jointly financed and managed. This will enable reaction times, costs and waiting times in the event of damage to be reduced. "The nacelle is an expensive and large piece of equipment which is therefore hard to store". As the A320neo is intended to be operated worldwide, stocks need to be rationalised to guarantee maximum effectiveness.
And this is just the start. Olivier Savin and Michael Kirstein, Aircraft Systems / ARC director at Lufthansa Technik, are hoping to be able to announce the extension of this co-operation over the coming months.