Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance reported on July 4, 2018, that it received approval from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), clearing it to carry out on-wing/on site work on LEAP-type engines.

The approval by the FAA allows the company to start working with North American airlines operating the new-generation engine.

Having gained  European Air Safety Agency earlier, AFI KLM E&M carries out the first wing/on site work on LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines (scope of that work may include engine build-up services, borescope inspections, or changing Line Replaceable Units) and is now looking to ramp up its LEAP industrialization program.

AFI KLM E&M has successfully completed an engine build-up workscope on a LEAP-1B engine for client airline TUI Group at its Amsterdam-Schiphol facility. AFI KLM E&M has thus demonstrated its ability already to take charge of light maintenance on CFM's new-generation engine and to meet early needs of operating airlines.

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance is the MRO arm of Air France-KLM Group. It currently employs over 14,000 people and supports almost 2,000 aircraft operated by 200 international and domestic airlines.