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September 2018

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NEW ENGINE SHOP FOR DELTA TechOps bookmark

Delta TechOps has opened a new 11,800m² engine repair shop in Atlanta, GA. The new shop is primarily intended to support Rolls-Royce Trent XWB powerplants on Delta's Airbus A350s and Trent 7000s on forthcoming A330-900neo aircraft. In October 2015, Delta TechOps signed a formal agreement with Rolls-Royce to become an Authorised Maintenance Centre for Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and Trent 7000, in addition to the BR715, which had already been added to engine capabilities.

 

To build the brand new engine shop, Delta converted several large hangar bays to create a workshop consisting of an engine assembly and disassembly area, a kitting parts area, engines work-in-progress area, shop materials and supplies (Kanban) area, life limited parts centre of excellence, and a repair and support area.

 

The new capability also stands to benefit the overall MRO business as Delta will work on engines from other airlines and aircraft operators. In fact, the first induction, which is set to take place in September, is expected to be a Trent 1000 from Virgin Atlantic.

TECHNICIAN DEMAND IN ASIA bookmark

Boeing has published its 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, which says that the Asia-Pacific region will have the greatest global demand for new civil aviation personnel over the next 20 years. The region is projected to account for 33% of the global need for pilots, 34% for technicians and 36% for cabin crew. The region will also account for 40% of all new passenger aircraft deliveries in the same period.


The new forecast shows that demand for new commercial technicians decreased 5% to 242,000. This is due to increased maintenance efficiencies on new generation aircraft that will reduce maintenance hours required over the life of the fleet.


Leading the region in projected demand for new technicians is China (126,750), followed by Southeast Asia (54,000) and South Asia (35,000).

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