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  • Partnership with CFM International positions Delta as a leading provider of next-generation, more sustainable engines
  • Agreement follows Delta order for 100 Boeing MAX aircraft, powered by LEAP-1B engines

Delta Air Lines will become a service provider for the next-generation LEAP-1B aircraft engine under an agreement with CFM International, helping position Delta TechOps as a leading global service provider for state-of-the-art, more sustainable engines. 

The service agreement was made in conjunction with Delta’s order for 100 next-generation Boeing 737-10 aircraft, which will be powered by the LEAP-1B engine. Both announcements were unveiled today at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. 

“This agreement recognizes the expertise of Delta TechOps which is one of the very few global MRO providers at the forefront of next-generation, more sustainable engine technology,” said Mahendra Nair, S.V.P. – Fleet & TechOps Supply Chain. “It is thanks to the incredible skill, innovation and expertise of the people of TechOps that we are leading the industry servicing engines that will be flying passengers across the world for years to come.”

Under the agreement with CFM, Delta will be one of a select few maintenance, repair and overhaul providers worldwide for the LEAP-1B. In addition, with the CFM partnership, Delta TechOps will become one of few global MRO providers servicing all next-gen engine platforms. Delta TechOps provides world-class aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and operations work not only for Delta’s fleet but for a range of other aircraft owners as well, providing an important source of revenue for the company. 

“We are proud to work with Delta as both an airline customer and as a highly-qualified provider for the expanding LEAP MRO network,” said Tom Levin, vice president, Aftermarket Strategic Solutions, for CFM International parent company GE Aviation. “LEAP shop visit demand will grow rapidly in the next five to ten years due to the volume of engines in service. This agreement is another critical step to expanding our open MRO network support.” 

In addition to servicing Delta’s more than 200 LEAP-1B engines, Delta TechOps will provide competitive and flexible service offerings to other airlines operating LEAP-1B powered Boeing MAX aircraft, including the 737-7, 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 planes. 

Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s large fleet of aircraft, Delta TechOps provides high-quality service to more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world.

Delta TechOps specializes in high-skill work including engines, components, hangar and line maintenance, employing thousands of aviation maintenance professionals. It is one of the world’s most-experienced providers, with more than 90 years of aviation experience.

Delta Senior Vice President of Fleet & TechOps Supply Chain Mahendra Nair (right) and Vice President, Aftermarket Strategic Solutions, for CFM International Tom Levin at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Delta Senior Vice President of Fleet & TechOps Supply Chain Mahendra Nair (right) and Vice President, Aftermarket Strategic Solutions, for CFM International Tom Levin at the Farnborough International Air Show.

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