From component distribution to technical training, MRO providers offer a range of services for airlines’
new fleets—either on their own or through joint ventures.
1. New GEnx-2B and GE9X Overhaul
Company: Lufthansa Technik
Product: Overhaul Facility
Specifications: Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation will create a new engine overhaul facility in Europe to service GEnx-2B and GE9X engines. The joint venture, which is expected to be operational in 2018, will be equipped to perform a range of engine maintenance services for the GEnx-2B and the GE9X (which powers the Boeing 747-8 and Boeing 777X). Lufthansa Technik has provided technical support for GE engines for 40 years and has developed the skills for smaller repairs to the GEnx-2B engines used in the Boeing 747-8. Lufthansa is the largest operator of the GEnx-2B-powered Boeing 747-8 and is the launch customer for the Boeing 777-9X, with 34 aircraft on order and deliveries scheduled to begin in 2020.
2. Airbus A380 Technical Training Courses
Company: Storm Aviation
Product: Line maintenance and technical training
Specifications: Storm Aviation, a line maintenance and technical training service company based in the U.K., launched Airbus A380 technical training courses this year. The full training course for the Airbus A380 (Trent 900 and GP7200) technicians will take about eight weeks, with six weeks of theoretical training at London Stansted Airport and two weeks of practical training at London Gatwick or London Heathrow Airports. The courses are open to both private and corporate customers.
3. Boeing 787 Dreamliner Components and Nacelle Systems
Company: ST Aerospace
Product: Components and Nacelle Systems
Specifications: ST Aerospace’s component maintenance capabilities now cover components and nacelle systems of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The MRO also is developing its Singapore base as the center of excellence for landing gear repair and overhaul, and it recently acquired the remaining shareholding of Singapore Precision Repair and Overhaul, which specializes in the repair and overhaul of aircraft landing gear systems and components. ST Aero has serviced more than 5,000 landing gear assemblies for more than 80 aircraft operators globally.
4. 787 Dreamliner Component Support
Company: AFI KLM E&M
Product: Component Service
Specifications: AFI KLM E&M provides 787 maintenance to airlines using the new long-haul aircraft, including LOT Polish Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. AFI KLM E&M designs and implements component support programs to allow airlines operating 787s to launch the new aircraft with a limited investment. The tailored maintenance and support solutions cover a range of engineering services—including fleet technical support, component spares and repair services.
5. GE9X Maintenance for Emirates
Company: GE Aviation
Product: MRO for 777X engines
Specifications: GE Aviation recently signed a $16 billion service contract with Dubai’s Emirates Airline for engines powering its 777X fleet. The contract includes MRO services for the GE9X engine that will power Emirates’ 150 Boeing 777Xs over the next 12 years. GE Aviation offers maintenance and overhaul services and OEM materials and repairs, and has repaired more than 100,000 engines as well as some 300,000 components over the last 50 years.
6. Design and Service of 777X Components
Product: 777X Component Services
Specifications: Boeing has selected Liebherr-Aerospace to supply three components for the folding wing tip system of the Boeing 777X. Liebherr will design the components for the fold subsystems, the latch pin actuator and the secondary lock actuator. This system includes a motor and rotating actuator, which will fold the wing tip after landing, reducing the wingspan of the aircraft by 7 meters (23 ft.), from 71.8 meters to 64.8 meters. These components will be designed, developed, manufactured and serviced by Liebherr-Aerospace.
7. 737 MAX Fuselage Completion
Company: Spirit AeroSystems
Product: 737 MAX MRO services
Specifications: Spirit AeroSystems completed the first fuselage and other components for the Boeing 737 MAX. The company delivers about 70% of the 737 structure to Boeing, including the fuselage, pylon, thrust reverser, engine nacelle and wing leading edges. Assembly of the first MAX is scheduled for the end of 2015 with first delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2017. Spirit AeroSystems provides MRO services, aftermarket engineering and spare parts. With repair stations in North America, Europe and Asia, the company offers MRO services for the Boeing 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787.
8. Turbine Center Frames on New Engines
Company: MTU Maintenance
Product: Engine development and repair
Specifications: MTU is building the turbine center frames for the GP7000 (Airbus A380), the GEnx (Boeing 787 Dreamliner) and the GE9x (Boeing 777X). MTU began developing turbine center frames in partnership with GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney in the GP7000 engine program. MTU maintenance offers a wide variety of MRO services, including engine maintenance and overhaul, engine lease solutions, on-site service, fleet management, line replaceable units and accessories, asset and material management and parts repair.