SriLankan Airlines signs LEAP-1A MRO contract with MTU Maintenance

A SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330 taking off.
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MTU Maintenance has announced that it has signed a five-year LEAP-1A maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contract with SriLankan Airlines

MTU Maintenance is the world’s largest independent provider of customized Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) solutions for aero engines. 

The new five-year deal with SriLankan Airlines for the maintenance of LEAP-1A engines further extends their existing collaboration with the carrier.

Previous History

The foundation of this latest collaboration is laid on the bedrock of a successful history between MTU Maintenance and SriLankan Airlines.

Having previously worked together on V2500 engines and leasing support, the two companies are now set to deepen their partnership with a focus on LEAP-1A engines.


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Richard Nuttall, the CEO of SriLankan Airlines, expresses delight at expanding their partnership with MTU Maintenance.

He emphasizes the trust placed in MTU Maintenance’s technical expertise and anticipates fast, reliable, and cost-efficient support for their expanding fleet.

SriLankan Airlines, with a current fleet of 22 Airbus A330 and A320/A321 aircraft, envisions seamless operations across South Asia, Europe, the Far East, and the Middle East.

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A LEAP Ahead

Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer at MTU Aero Engines, highlights the significance of this contract as a testament to their long-term cooperation with SriLankan Airlines.

Being the first MRO to incorporate independent LEAP capabilities, MTU Maintenance is poised to provide SriLankan Airlines with safe, reliable, and expert MRO services as they integrate new generation engines into their fleet.

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai

The critical MRO work on the LEAP-1A engines will unfold at MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a 50/50 joint venture with China Southern Airlines.

This operational hub specializes in MRO services for LEAP engines and has, since 2018, successfully completed almost 100 shop visits for this engine type.

The collaboration with China Southern Airlines further ensures a strategic and efficient approach to the maintenance process.

MTU Maintenance’s role as the world’s largest independent provider of customized MRO solutions for aero engines is underscored by over 1,200 shop visits annually, covering a diverse portfolio of more than 30 engine types.

Beyond engine MRO, the company offers a comprehensive suite of services, including on-site support, engine leasing, asset management, and advanced engine trend monitoring and fleet management through its proprietary CORTEX software.

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