StandardAero plans expansion to support CFM56 maintenance

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Canadian maintenance, repair and overhaul company StandardAero has broken ground on a 27,000 sq ft (2,508 m) expansion at its Winnipeg facility to support maintenance of CFM International CFM56 engines.

StandardAero in June announced a contract with Canadian low cost carrier WestJet that features an exclusive 12-year GE OnPoint solution valued at more than $850 million over the life contract. The agreement covers maintenance, repair and overhaul of CFM56-7 engines powering WestJet's Boeing 737s.

In connection with the WestJet deal StandardAero completed a material and licensing agreement with GE, and GE also will supply material and high-technology component repairs to StandardAero. The Canadian MRO will also become a GE designated fullfillment centre for the CFM56-7B engines.

The structure allows WestJet to use GE OEM material while receiving its overhaul services from StandardAero.

StandardAero explains the latest expansion at its Plant 6 site in Winnipeg follows another recent 80,000 sq ft addition to the facility, which results in total square footage of 162,000 sq ft. Plant 6 will include a 5,400 sq ft test cell capable of handling 50,000lb of thrust. The company plans to overhaul both CFM and GE CF34 engines at the site.

StandardAero revealed its interest in CFM maintenance in August 2008 when CEO of the company's parent DAE Engineering Rob Mionis told ATI the compound annual growth rate of the CFM56-7 was around 21% for the next five years.