ST Engineering has entered into a two-year agreement with Safran Aircraft Engines to provide module repair support for the CFM International Leap engine family. 

The agreement will see Safran – part of the CFM joint venture alongside GE Aerospace – offload module repair work on the Leap-1A and -1B’s high pressure turbine (HPT) rotor assembly and stage 2 HPT nozzle assembly to ST Engineering. 

A LEAP-1B engine at ST Engineering's engine MRO facility in Singapore

Source: ST Engineering

ST Engineering sees growing demand for Leap MRO services

The pair say the agreement “addresses the growing MRO demand for Leap engines as carriers ramp up their flying operations”. The Leap-1A is an option on Airbus A320neo-family jets, while the -1B is the exclusive powerplant for Boeing’s 737 Max family. 

ST Engineering’s head of engine services Tay Eng Guan says: “We are well positioned to address the rising demand for quick-turn and performance restoration shop visits for Leap engines, having made the investments in equipment such as shroud grinding machinery, and built up a strong team of skilled technicians.” 

ST Engineering entered into CFM’s Branded Service Agreement as the first independent MRO provider. The latest pact builds on existing agreements between both companies: ST Engineering carries out maintenance for the CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B and Leap-1A engines. 

At its Singapore facility, ST Engineering has Leap-1B engine testing capabilities and is progressively adding on more services for the powerplant. It expects to be add testing capability for the Leap-1A in the third quarter of 2024.

Story amended to clarify ST Engineering’s engine testing capability.