Delta TechOps is becoming the latest member of Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan (GTF) MRO Network, following a contract signing between the two companies at Aviation Week Network’s MRO Americas exhibition (see photo).
This agreement follows two geared turbofan engine orders Delta Air Lines previously placed. In April 2016, Delta ordered 75 PW1500G-powered Bombardier C Series aircraft, then ordered 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by PW1100G engines in December 2017. The A321neo agreement also included a 20-year EngineWise service agreement and commitment to make Delta TechOps part of its GTF MRO network.
This makes Delta TechOps the second facility in North America capable of repairing and overhauling the GTF. The other is a Pratt & Whitney shop in Columbus, Georgia. Globally, other GTF MRO network shops include IHI and MTU, which are design and manufacturing partners for the engine, and Lufthansa Technik. Pratt & Whitney will add GTF capability at its Singapore facility later.
Delta TechOps will open a new engine shop and test cell at its Atlanta facility in 2019. The 150,000-pound test cell will be the largest in the world, according to Don Mitacek, senior VP for Delta TechOps.
He says Delta will repair or overhaul 600 engines this year but in about three years, the figure will ramp up to more than 1,000 engines, largely because of the GTF. Under this new agreement, Delta TechOps will repair or overhaul more than 5,000 GTFs.