JAYANT BARANWAL IN CONVERSATION WITH GAËL MÉHEUST
Jayant Baranwal (Jayant): What is the most important factor of celebration as far as LEAP’s 10 years are concerned?
Gaël Méheust (Gaël): I have so many things that come to my mind when I think of what are we celebrating after 10 years of the LEAP? The first one is that I can say is that we are meeting the performance. We started working and developing the LEAP engines, some 20 years back. There was a lot of money that was invested and there has been a lot of effort with our heart and soul added to it. We realised it during the flight test programme only, that we will meet the performance. That has been the first key parameter. There was absolutely no realisation from the first sales that we will achieve such a success within 7-8 years of the production.
For us, the realisation of success was very important.
Jayant: For LEAP, you have signed a sizable deal at the Farnborough Airshow. What are the key features of the SpiceJet deal?
Gaël: The deal is beyond just the sale of the engines and sale of a spare engine to support the fleet. It is a comprehensive package, we have entered a deal, extending the local and global support, customer support, online support and service by the hour support agreement, whereby we provide the all-inclusive service for a long-term period. We provide full onestop service so that the customer can concentrate on their operations and on their core competence and we concentrate on what we are good at. In short, it’s a combined agreement, we provide them with a complete service for a long-term period.
Jayant: Is it related to the MRO as well?
Gaël: That’s correct, it is related to the MRO, we provide the support services and the maintenance and overhaul to the engines. According to the agreed plan with the airline, we together, try to predict the behavior of the engine while during the flight, and define what kind of maintenance is required and at what point of time and that is covered into the power by the hour contract. It is a time and material agreement.
“Three strong pillar of CFM – Performance, best in class asset utilization and life cycle maintenance cost”
LEAP-1A PRODUCTION LINE