Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance has secured initial approval to service General Electric GEnx engines for its on-order Boeing 787 fleet.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has certificated the group’s engine overhaul shop in Amsterdam to conduct minor “quick-turn” repairs on the powerplant type.

The MRO provider – which also has an engine shop at Paris Orly airport – plans to support the GEnx at its Dutch facility. However, the engines will be trucked to Paris for testing at the group’s large-engine test cell at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

Component repairs for the GEnx are to be conducted by the group’s specialist subsidiary CRMA on the outskirts of the French capital.

Franck Terner, Air France-KLM’s executive vice-president for engineering and maintenance, says that the first MRO approval was important because there would “very few” GEnx engine shops.

The airline is scheduled to take delivery of its first 787 in late 2015.

Source: Cirium Dashboard