As Virgin Atlantic’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 arrived at Delta TechOps’ new 127,000-sq.-ft. engine center on Oct. 1, it not only became the first engine to enter the new shop for maintenance, but it also launched Delta’s operation as a Rolls-Royce Authorized Service Center.
Delta TechOps opened this new engine MRO center in Atlanta in late August that will give it the capability to service the next-generation powerplants featured on Delta Air Lines’ new Airbus A350 and A330-900neo aircraft, as well as to provide capacity to support its partnership with Rolls-Royce signed in 2015.
Under the agreement with Rolls-Royce, Delta will be an authorized maintenance center for Trent XWB, Trent 1000, Trent 7000 an BR715 engines.
The first inducted engine, Virgin Atlantic’s Trent 1000, will undergo module 2 (intermediate pressure compressor) rotor 1 and rotor 2 blade replacement. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an airworthiness directive on June 12 to inspect and replace these blades if cracked.
Delta plans to induct nine more engines this year as it ramps up capabilities.
It reports that the engine shop opened ahead of schedule and the test cell, capable of running an engine at 150,000 lb. thrust, should be finished by year-end.
To build this large engine shop, Delta converted several hangars to create the facility that is about the equivalent of 2.5 football fields and features six 25-ton high-bay branes across four bays.