Ethiopian Airlines Takes Leap Forward in Engine Maintenance Capabilities

Ethiopian Airlines has inaugurated a state-of-the-art test cell for the CFM Leap-1B engine, a significant development in its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This new facility positions Ethiopian as the first airline in the Middle East and Africa, and the fifth globally outside the engine's manufacturer network, to possess such advanced technology.

The Leap-1B engine is the exclusive power plant for Boeing’s new-generation 737 MAX single-aisle jet. This test cell allows Ethiopian Airlines to perform comprehensive testing of Leap-1B engines, ensuring their performance and safety.

“We are proud to achieve full testing capability for the CFM Leap-1B engine at our MRO facility,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew. “This addition will enable us to finalize the development of our Performance Restoration Shop Visit (PRSV1) repair capability, allowing us to offer Leap-1B PRSV solutions to customers in the region and beyond.”

The completion of Phase 2 of the PRSV1 project is expected by September 2024. This further strengthens Ethiopian’s position as a leading MRO provider in Africa. Established in 1957, Ethiopian MRO Services is the largest on the continent, offering a comprehensive range of services including line maintenance, engine and component maintenance, and overhaul capabilities. Their facilities are certified by leading aviation authorities like the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

This investment in advanced technology underscores Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to becoming one of the most dependable and safest airlines globally.

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