FADEC Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aviation and FADEC International, has signed a 25-year agreement with Lufthansa Technik to provide Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) availability services for LEAP engines globally. Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance will use the engine controls for support agreements, loans and exchanges across their global airline customer bases to bring a full selection of asset management services to the commercial transport industry.
The agreement covers asset management, logistics and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) support. Lufthansa Technik will manage a global pool of line replaceable units (LRU) in order to provide availability to both Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance airline customers. Lufthansa Technik will establish a certified repair station in Hamburg, Germany for the LEAP FADEC. FADEC Alliance will provide technical support from the FADEC Alliance MRO network located in Massy, France and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“Lufthansa Technik is a world leader in asset logistics and MRO services to airlines,” said Steven McCullough, chief executive officer of FADEC Alliance. “The company’s global footprint provides superior customer support, while FADEC Alliance’s strategic technical expertise in LEAP engine controls makes this contract a win-win for airlines across the world.”
“The exceptional FADEC Alliance products are crucial for operators and timely availability of spare parts is of utmost importance,” said Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, vice president Asia Pacific & Fulfillment, Component Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We are proud to collaborate with FADEC Alliance on MRO and asset management. We will jointly keep our customers flying.”
LEAP engines equipped with FADEC Systems are used on Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo and COMAC family 919 aircraft. The FADEC – consisting of digital computers, called engine control units, and a pressure sub-system – controls all aspects of aircraft engine performance, such as engine fuel flow and variable engine geometries. Both parties will use the pool to support their customers for loans and exchanges of LEAP FADECs, to provide high availability and high performance asset services, and to maximize efficiency for airlines.
The LEAP engine is a high-bypass turbofan produced by CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
Source: BAE Systems PLC (LSE: BAES.L)
Date: Jan 17, 2019