Ethiopian Airlines Group inaugurated a CFM Leap-1B engine test cell at its MRO Services facility in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian MRO Achieves CFM Leap-1B Engine Testing Capability

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s largest airline operator, has inaugurated a CFM Leap-1B engine test cell at its MRO services hub in Addis Ababa.

The facility gives Ethiopian MRO services, one of the Group’s main business units, a full testing capability of Leap-1B engine, an exclusive power plant for Boeing’s new-generation 737 MAX single-aisle jet.

“We feel proud for achieving full testing capability for the CFM Leap-1B engine at our modern MRO facility in Addis Ababa,” Group Chief Executive Officer Mesfin Tasew said speaking on the newly attained capacity leap.

“The addition of this state-of-the-art facility will enable us to finalize the development of Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) repair capability on the engine, which is expected to be ready very soon,” he added:

The Leap-1B testing facility positions Ethiopian Airlines as the 5th facility globally outside the Safran Aero Engines (SAE) and the General Electric (GE) network, and the first in the Middle East and Africa for possessing such advanced capability.

“We extend our appreciation to SAE, GE and the other partners who contributed to this success,” said Mesfin.

Ethiopian plans to complete Phase 2- Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) project by the end of September 2024,

The facility, it says, will enable the airline to offer Leap-1B PRSV solutions for customers in the region and beyond.

Ethiopian owns the largest MRO Service facility in Africa.

Established in 1957, the MRO facility provides Line Maintenance services at stations where Ethiopian flies and extends the services to African and the Middle East operators.

The facility is fully equipped with Hangars, Engine and Component Maintenance workshops with all equipment needed to repair/overhaul aircraft, engines and components.

Apart from providing MRO services to its customers, it helps make Ethiopian one of the most dependable and safest airlines in the globe.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and others have certified the Ethiopian MRO facility.