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Air France Industries’ New Engine Test Cell

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Posted by Elyse Moody 
on 6/22/2011
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Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance broke ground on a 5,000-sq.-meter test cell facility for what it dubs Very Big Engines, or VBE, at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in April. The site still is being excavated, but here’s how AFIKLM E&M plans for it to look.

[All photos: AFIKLM E&M]

The test cell, supplied by MDS of Canada, will accommodate GE90-94/115, CFM56-5C and GP7200 engines. But Anne Brachet, senior VP of engine overhaul for the company, tells me today that it also will induct future engines — potentially the Trent XWB and GEnx. The MRO’s next move depends on what Air France/KLM decides to do, she says. But undoubtedly, she’s planning to do new engines — both testing and overhaul — either at Orly, the Constellation site at CDG or in Amsterdam.

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