SAFRAN: Philippine Airlines chose Safran for MRO operations on the landing gear of their Airbus A330 and A320 family aircraft


Safran Landing Systems has been selected by Philippine Airlines (PAL) to carry out the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations on the landing gear of some 30 Airbus A330 and A320 family airplanes.
The contract will start this year and run through 2024 for eight A330 widebody aircraft and through 2025 for twenty A320 and A321 aircraft in the fleet of the Philippine flag carrier.

These maintenance operations will be carried out at Safran’s Singapore workshop, a joint venture with Singapore Airlines Engineering Company (SIAEC), which has over 300 employees specialized in landing gear overhauls.
Alvin Kendrich O. Limqueco, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management of Philippine Airlines said: “Philippine Airlines is pleased to forge this latest partnership with Safran Landing Systems as part of our top-priority safety and maintenance campaigns to ensure the continued reliability of Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s fleet. The arrangement will ultimately benefit our passengers who fly on our A330 and A320/A321 aircraft serving our domestic, regional and global networks. ”

Bruno Chiarelli, Safran Landing Systems Executive Vice President – MRO added: “We are delighted to be once again selected by Philippine Airlines for their landing gears overhaul. This new partnership perpetuates a long-standing collaboration of trust as well as strengthening our presence in the Asia-Pacific region with currently more than 500 overhauled landing gears by Safran Landing Systems per year”.

Safran Landing Systems offers MRO support services through a large rotable asset pool across regional narrow-body and long-range aircraft types, and an international network of 8 service centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, which perform more than 12,000 repairs annually for more than 300 customers worldwide.

Philippine Airlines deploys its twin-aisle A330 aircraft on routes to Hawaii, the Middle East, Australia and several Asian countries. PAL’s A320 and A321 aircraft are the mainstays for domestic routes to major Philippine cities as well as on routes to various points in South East and North East Asia.

The contract will also benefit from Landing LifeTM support and services offer covering all Safran Landing Systems’ after-sales business and aiming to provide a responsive, reliable and good-value service.

Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Its expertise covers the entire lifecycle of its products, from design and manufacturing to maintenance and repair. The company has partnerships with more than 25 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, supporting more than 32,000 aircraft and making over 80,000 landings every day.

Philippine Airlines is the Philippines’ flag carrier and only full-service network airline. PAL was the first commercial airline in Asia and celebrated its 81st anniversary in March 2022. PAL’s young fleet of Boeing 777s, Airbus A350s, Airbus A330s, Airbus A320s/A321s, and De Havilland DHC-8-400 Next Generation aircraft operate out of hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Davao to 30 destinations in the Philippines and 32 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, and the Middle East. PAL was rated a 4-Star Global Airline by Skytrax in 2018 and was voted the World’s Most Improved Airline in the 2019 Skytrax worldwide passenger survey with a ranking of 30th best airline in the world.

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