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Rolls-Royce Adding More Engine Overhaul Capacity

The British engine OEM has announced changes to its setup in Europe and North America as it looks to add further widebody engine aftermarket capacity.

Rolls-Royce has confirmed several changes to its global aftermarket network as it looks to cater for the growing number of its engine undergoing shop visits over the next decade.

Its Rolls-Royce Deutschland site in Dahlewitz, Germany is to transition into a services hub with capability for widebody engine overhauls from early 2020. Previously the business, which Rolls took full control of in 2000, focused on producing several turbofan engines.

Second, its Rolls-Royce Canada facility in Montreal will also introduce widebody engine overhaul services next year, with a start-date projected for the fourth quarter of 2020. Beforehand, the site focused on servicing business jet engines.

As well as acknowledging capacity as being a driver behind the moves, Rolls-Royce says it also made the changes as a way of reducing the impact on customers of in-service issues with the Trent 1000. Last week, Rolls revealed it will take a £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) exceptional charge this year due to continued issues with the engine type, with costs mostly related to airline customer disruption and MRO shop visit costs.

The latest adjustments to Rolls-Royce’s services network follow the announcement of new service provisions at some of its Authorised Maintenance Centres (AMC) network of shops in the past two years.

U.S.-based MRO Standard Aero joined as an AMC for the RB211 repairs at the beginning of 2018, followed by Delta Tech Ops becoming an AMC for the Trent 1000 and Trent XWB, which power the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 respectively.

This year, Sanad Aerotech, located in Abu Dhabi, signed an agreement in the summer to provide overhaul services for Trent 700s in a 20-year agreement worth $6.5 billion. The engine, which powers the A330, is expected to have operational longevity, with Aviation Week data estimating 1,438 units to still be flying in 2029.

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