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Safran delivers the first LEAP-1A propulsion systems to Airbus from its new Tianjin site in China


Safran Nacelles has delivered to Airbus the first LEAP-1A propulsion systems (engines and nacelles) for the A320neo, integrated in its new Tianjin (China) site.

1st_LEAP-1A propulsion systems delivered from Tianjin site

Tianjin is Safran’s fourth nacelle integration site, after Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Mobile (Alabama, USA). Located in the Tianjin Free Zone near Airbus' A320neo Final Assembly Line (FAL), it embodies Safran’s desire to be as close as possible to its aircraft manufacturer customers, to support the growth of the Chinese market.

With a total surface area of 5,000m2 (53,820ft2), the new Tianjin site is intended to consolidate all nacelle integration operations on Airbus A320neo's CFM International* LEAP-1A engines: assembly of engine equipment (Engine Build Up – EBU) and nacelle components (air inlet, engine cowl, thrust reverser and exhaust nozzle), painting, buy off by Airbus and the airlines, then delivery to Airbus' FAL and support for on wing integration. The site will employ between 15 and 20 qualified employees and will deliver 90 propulsion system units per year from 2024.

Capitalising on Safran Nacelles’ other integration sites' experience, the Tianjin plant is equipped with a “Flex Line” workshop, enabling operations to be carried out either in a “Pulse Line” mode, or as a fixed station according to Airbus’ needs. It is therefore possible to direct some engines towards a secondary flow zone dedicated to FAL support operations, without impacting the production rate of other propulsion systems.

Vincent Caro, Safran Nacelles' CEO, stated: “This new plant is a showcase of Safran Nacelles’ know-how in the integration of propulsion systems. It benefits from best practices of our network of integration sites, both in terms of industrial organisation and skills."

(*) CFM International is a 50/50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.