The airline operator will be ST Engineering’s first LEAP-1B MRO customer
Singapore, 25 September 2023 – ST Engineering today announces that its Commercial Aerospace business has signed a five-year contract to provide LEAP-1B MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) solutions for Lion Air Group’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This makes Lion Air Group a launch customer for ST Engineering’s LEAP-1B MRO services, following ST Engineering’s inclusion in CFM International’s CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) LEAP MRO network in March of this year.
Under the multi-year agreement, ST Engineering will exclusively support the MRO needs of all 36 LEAP-1B engines that power Lion Air Group’s existing fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft under its carriers, including Lion Air, Batik Air, Batik Air Malaysia and Thai Lion. This agreement is in addition to an existing longstanding MRO support partnership for Lion Air Group’s CFM56-5B/7B engines.
Tay Eng Guan, SVP/GM of Engine Services at ST Engineering, said, “Our latest partnership with Lion Air Group marks a significant milestone for us as we enhance our portfolio with the latest engine MRO solutions for airline operators transitioning to new-generation aircraft. The increased number of engines entrusted to our care by Lion Air Group also underscores our continued involvement in their growth plan – a commitment we uphold with all of our longstanding customers.”
Pak Dennis Kirana, Asst. Director PT Batam Aero Technic, MRO subsidiary of the Lion Air Group, said, “ST Engineering and Lion Air Group have always had a strong relationship and we seek to continue this relationship in the future. With that being said, we are happy to have ST Engineering as one of the key partners for our future generation of engines.”
As the first independent MRO provider in Asia to join CFM International’s authorised LEAP MRO network, ST Engineering is able to deliver the full range of solutions for LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines used in new-generation aircraft like the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. ST Engineering’s solutions for LEAP engines include engine overhaul, proprietary parts repair technology, engine pooling and leasing. It is currently providing quick-turn services for LEAP engines at its facility in Singapore and expects to achieve test capability for the LEAP-1B and -1A by late 2023 and early 2024 respectively, with full performance restoration shop visit capability for both engines by early 2025.