Marketplace: Engine MROs Grow Capabilities, Market Footprint
1. Growing Facilities and Expertise
Company: MTU Maintenance
Product: MTU Maintenance provides MRO services for a variety of commercial aircraft, business jets and helicopters. It operates eight maintenance facilities across Europe as well as two in Asia and one in North America. In early October, it opened an MRO facility in Nova Pazova, Serbia, which will begin operating in December. Earlier this year, it opened a facility expansion in Hanover, Germany, where it added overhaul services for the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G. The company also began partnering with JetBlue Airways and LATAM on sustainable aviation fuel testing. The MRO expects to begin operations in early 2023 at a new training facility being constructed by MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, which it says will train up to 100 engine mechanics annually.
2. Expanding Engine Network
Company: GA Telesis
Product: GA Telesis offers engine MRO through its GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES) subsidiary, which has capabilities for General Electric CF6-80C2 and CFM International CFM56-5B and -7B engines. The company operates Special Procedures Aeroengine Hospitals in Helsinki, Finland, and Wilmington, Ohio, the latter of which opened in September. GATES signed contracts this year with AirAsia India and Lion Air covering engine MRO for the carriers’ respective fleets. GA Telesis also signed a memorandum of understanding with China Southern Airlines Leasing in September, under which it will work with Gameco and MTU Maintenance on parts services. Earlier this year, its MRO Services Composite Group launched support capabilities for CFM LEAP engine nacelle components.
3. Adding GTF Capabilities
Company: SR Technics
Product: Headquartered in Zurich, SR Technics provides MRO for CFM56-5B, -5C and -7B as well as Pratt & Whitney PW4000-94 and -100 engines. In April, SR Technics joined Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan (GTF) engine MRO network, through which it will perform repairs on PW1100G-JM engines and overhauls of PW1100G engines. The MRO provider plans to create up to 400 new jobs by 2024 to meet the new capacity. In late July, it announced plans with Safran Test Cells to reactivate its second test cell in Zurich, which will be used to test new engine types, such as the PW1100G-JM and Leap 1A and 1B, as well as legacy CFM56-5B and -7B engines. SR Technics also signed new CFM56 engine support contracts this year with PT Garuda Indonesia and Vietravel Airlines.
4. Advancing CFM Portfolio
Product: StandardAero provides MRO services for a variety of commercial, defense, business aviation and helicopter engine platforms. It operates from dozens of locations worldwide, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where it is setting up a new engine hospital shop for CFM56-7B engines. The shop is expected to begin services by year-end, and StandardAero is adding test-cell capabilities there in 2023. The company also grew its CFM56 activities this year by acquiring PTS Aviation, which supplies engines, modules and used serviceable material for the engine. In August, the MRO provider grew its Latin American capabilities through new regulatory approvals from Argentina and Chile for its Regional Turbine Center in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It is now considering pursuit of approvals from other Latin American countries.