rom left to right: Alan Jones, GE Aviation; Chai, Weixi, senior vice president of Air China and chairman of the board of SSAMC; Madam Yu Bin, deputy director of Sichuan Provincial Department Of Commerce: Olivier Andriès, CEO, Safran Aircraft Engines; and Francois Planaud, Vice President Services and Repairs, Safran Aircraft Engines.

• Increases capacity for CFM56 and LEAP engines
• 1,000 CFM56 engines overhauled since 2010

Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), the joint venture between Air China and CFM International (CFM), has inaugurated a new 43,880 -square meter facility, expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year.

“The expanded capacity of the new facility will further enhance SSAMC’s capability to provide world-class MRO services to customers from China and around the world,” said Chai, Weixi, senior vice president of Air China and chairman of the board of SSAMC.

The brand-new facility, located in the Chengdu Free Trade Zone, benefits from the latest standards in terms of equipment and lay out, is the largest CFM engine maintenance facility in Asia.

“I am honored to be part of this celebration,” said Olivier Andriès, CEO of CFM parent company Safran Aircraft Engines. “SSAMC has grown to be a highly valuable asset for our partner, Air China, and for Safran Aircraft Engines, as we support our CFM customers in Asia and around the world. The quality of the work and turnaround times this facility has achieved prepares it well for future LEAP MRO capability as this engine continues the fastest fleet ramp-up in aviation history,”

SSAMC was officially established as a 60/40 joint venture between Air China and CFM in 2010. Since then, the company has serviced more than 1,000 CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, and CFM56-7 engines for more than 40 customers throughout China and Asia. SSAMC successfully combines Air China’s extensive expertise with that of CFM to create a truly world-class maintenance facility that has been certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency.