Delta Air Lines has opened its new 127,000-sq.-ft. engine repair facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where its Delta TechOps unit will service new-generation Rolls-Royce engines.
The hangar will repair engine types including the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 on aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines as well as third-party aircraft operators. The first engine induction is scheduled for next month from Virgin Atlantic, which is sending a Trent 1000 to Atlanta for repair work.
To accommodate the new engine shop, Delta said it converted several hangar bays at the TechOps facility into a workshop area encompassing engine assembly and disassembly space, along with areas for kitting parts, shop materials and supplies, a life-limited parts center of excellence, and an area for repair and support.
Delta TechOps signed up as an authorized maintenance center in Rolls-Royce’s aftermarket network in October 2015. Under the agreement signed nearly three years ago, Delta TechOps provides engine services for the Trent XWB, Trent 1000 and Trent 7000, in addition to the BR715 engine found on regional and corporate jets.
The airline maintenance provider has made a string of other MRO investments at its Atlanta base, including a 27,000-sq.-ft. hot section repair shop enabling it to perform turbine section component repairs in-house, an additive manufacturing center focusing on the emerging technology and a new engine test cell scheduled to begin operating in December. Once functioning, Delta says the test cell will be the world’s largest with capabilities for 150,000 lbs. thrust.