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March 2017

LHT/MTU joint venture for PW1000G MRO bookmark

Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are planning to set up a 50/50 joint venture MRO company for the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G family of geared turbofan engines. The new facility will be up and running by 2020 and will have a workforce of over 500 employees. By 2020, a total amount of around €150 million will be invested into the new location. In terms of annual capacity, the facility will be designed to accommodate over 300 shop visits of GTF engines for the Airbus A320neo Family and other aircraft. The search for a globally competitive location in or outside Europe will be completed within a few months’ time.


Lufthansa Technik has been maintaining various Pratt & Whitney engine types for decades. In July 2016, Lufthansa Technik became a member of the aftersales service network for the GTF engines. The network offers the whole range of MRO services for PW1000G engines. This additional business has no impact on the workloads at Lufthansa Technik’s existing locations.


MTU Aero Engines is a partner of Pratt & Whitney in the PW1000G programmes; the engines have been selected as the propulsion systems for new aircraft launched by five different manufacturers. To date, airlines around the world have ordered more than 8,000 of these engines. 

Etihad expands engineering scope for A380/737 bookmark

Etihad Airways Engineering has been granted a major extension by EASA to its existing Part-145 Scope of Approval, expanding worldwide market opportunities for the company. The approval extension covers heavy maintenance for new platforms such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft, and the grant of a new B1/B3 limited approval for the Engine Shop, allowing it to issue EASA Form 1s on a limited basis.


Jeff Wilkinson, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, says: “The new extension to our existing approval from EASA gives us the ability to maintain Boeing 787 aircraft up to the equivalent of a C2 maintenance inspection. EASA has also granted Etihad Airways Engineering Airbus A380 capability up to and including 12-year base maintenance, enabling us to offer a complete range of A380 engineering and maintenance services to our customers from all over the world.”


In November 2016, Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus signed an MoU to work jointly on the development of a new A380 MRO services offering in Abu Dhabi for worldwide A380 operators, including maintenance, engineering and upgrade capabilities.


It has also received EASA approval to design and certify 3D-printed parts for aircraft interiors, using its Design Organisation Approval – Part 21J. This capability has been developed in a partnership with Strata and Siemens (see MRO Management, February 2017).

As part of the project, extensive testing will be performed for material qualification at the newly opened Etihad Airways Engineering Flammability Lab, which has been developed in partnership with Lantal Textiles.

Safran Nacelles new MRO Center of Excellence bookmark

Safran Nacelles has created an MRO Center of Excellence at the company’s Pont-Audemer facility in France. The new Center of Excellence’s responsibilities include: managing the global network of Safran Nacelles’ MRO facilities; serving as the operational reference in terms of repair procedures and industrialisation; overseeing the company’s MRO-related research and technology activities; as well as advancing its overall competence in repair methods and engineering. The MRO Center of Excellence’s expertise covers complete engine nacelle systems, including complex structural repairs, line replaceable units (LRUs), engine subassemblies, outlet guide vanes (OGV), and onsite support.


The global MRO network includes the Pont-Audemer facility; Safran Nacelles Services Americas in Indianapolis, IN; and Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES) in Dubai (a joint venture of Safran Nacelles and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance).

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