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January 2018


Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines have set up a joint €150 million MRO venture for Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines, with each of the partners holding a 50% stake in the new company, which is called Engine Maintenance Europe (EME Aero). The contract, which followed up on an agreement on the general principles of the cooperation signed in February 2017, was finalised by the two companies on 4 December.


EME Aero will be based in Poland, and is expected to become operational in 2020, with a projected workforce of 800 employees. The planned annual capacity is over 400 shop visits of PW1000G-series geared turbofans, which power the Airbus A320neo Family and other aircraft. The partners have raised their forecast for the number of employees and the annual shop visits over the past few months.

The company will be headed up by Project Manager Derrick Siebert (Chief Executive Officer) from Lufthansa Technik and by Dr Uwe Zachau (Chief Operating Officer), his counterpart at MTU Aero Engines. The facility is slated to be up and running in 2020.

As part of a deal by Delta Air Lines comprising 100 firm orders and 100 options for Airbus A321neo aircraft, Delta TechOps will become a major MRO provider for the associated Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G engine. In addition, the PW1500G will be included. This powers the Bombardier C Series, for which Delta has 75 firm orders and 50 options.

Pratt & Whitney has committed to over 5,000 engine repairs and overhauls at the Delta TechOps Technical Operations Center in Atlanta, which will drive significant job creation and significant investments in engine overhaul capabilities, including the first new engine test cell to be built in the US in more than 20 years and expanded engine shop space.


GMF AeroAsia has signed an MoU with the Muan County Office and TWA AERO Limited as the first step in establishing an MRO presence in South Korea. GMF representatives also met with other potential partners and visited South Korean customers.

GMF’s Director of Line Operation, Tazar Marta Kurniawan, says South Korea was chosen as the MRO market is the fourth largest in the region, after China, Japan and Australia. The fleet increased from 180 to 340 in the past 10 years, but while the market is worth $1.5 billion in total, only 46% of work is carried out in the country. In addition, 93% of the aircraft types utilised by South Korean airlines can be maintained by GMF. Following the MoU signing, GMF, TWA AERO Limited and Muan County Office will jointly establish a feasibility study and develop a business model in 1Q18.

GMF has had Korean Civil Aviation Authority approval since 2013 and has several Korean airlines as customers. It recently received an additional approval to perform Airbus A320 Family base maintenance.

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