Safran Nacelles starts its repair activities at its Suzhou site in China

Safran Nacelles has obtained Part 145 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking the start of activities at its nacelle repair site in Suzhou, China.

The site now offers repairs under OEM warranty for nacelles and thrust reversers for the Airbus A330ceo and A320neo fleets equipped with CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. A first A320neo nacelle from a Chinese airline is already being inspected.

Vincent Caro, CEO of Safran Nacelles, said: “I am delighted to announce that our repair station in Suzhou, China, is now operational. It targets markets in Asia, the Pacific and Oceania. Operators in these regions will therefore benefit from the geographical proximity of the station, which will reduce both the time and the cost of transporting materials.

The repair station covers more than 5,000 m2 (approximately 54,000 ft2) and is equipped with the specific tools needed to repair the COMAC C919’s nacelles and line replaceable units (LRUs) to support its upcoming entry into service. The site employees are experts in the repair of composite and metallic aerostructures. They will also intervene in squadron, on the sites of the operators.

This new site complements the company’s MRO network, which already covers Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and the Americas. It will also be used for the storage of large nacelle components, such as air intakes, thrust reversers, exhaust systems, for the entire Asian region.

CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.