Rolls-Royce has opened a new lease engine storage location in Johannesburg, South Africa which will target greater aircraft availability across the engine maker’s aftermarket network.
Based at a South African Airways Technical premises close to the city’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, the center will store a mix of Rolls-Royce engines used by African operators powering commercial aircraft and business jets.
According to a news release, the center is certified to store engines including the Tay; BR710; BR715; RB211-524; RB211-535; Trent 500; Trent 700; Trent 800; Trent 900; Trent 1000; Trent XWB and Trent 7000, which is due to enter into service this year powering the A330neo.
Rolls-Royce has provided technical training to SAAT staff to enable them to carry out work on the engines in storage. Ultimately, the OEM wants SAAT’s mechanics to perform numerous inspection and on-wing services to Rolls-Royce engine operators across Africa.
“The opening of this facility marks the start of a journey that will see SAAT play an expanding role in our development of availability services across Africa as it increases its capability,” says Kevin Evans, Rolls-Royce’s vice president customers Africa.