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Delta Opens Engine MRO Facility for Airbus A350s, Rolls-Royce

: Aug 29, 2018 - : 2:59 am

Delta completed its 127,000-square-foot engine repair shop near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and plans to take its first engine induction next month.


According to a report in Atlanta Business Chronicle, Delta Air Lines Inc. converted several large hangar bays at the airline’s TechOps facility that will allow the carrier to perform maintenance on more sophisticated engines — in particular, the next-generation Airbus A350s and forthcoming A330-900neo aircraft. ​


The shop is expected to boost the airline’s Maintenance Repair and Overhaul business, as Delta TechOps serves more than 150 aviation and airline customers from around the world. That includes luxury auto brand Rolls-Royce, which signed a formal agreement in October 2015 for Delta TechOps to become an Authorized Maintenance Center for Rolls-Royce’s newest engines.

The seven-story facility features a wall more than 2,000 pieces of glass and sits under historic Fly Delta Jets sign.


Delta said it will be be preparing the shop over the next few weeks for its first engine induction — likely one of Virgin Atlantic’s Trent 1000 engines — in September.


Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President of TechOps, said Delta’s investment in new maintenance projects and facilities solidifies the company’s position as the largest and best MRO provider in North America.


Delta TechOps has invested in other major projects, including a new test cell, hot section repair shop and an additive manufacturing shop. The “world’s largest test cell” — standing 48 feet tall, plus inlet and exhaust sections measuring 66 feet and 78 feet, respectively — is expected to open in December.


The hot section repair shop, which spans 27,000-square-feet, is expected to allow Delta to perform turbine section component repairs in-house versus using third party repair facilities, reducing the cost of materials, providing better visibility over the process, driving quicker turn times and providing better on-site support.


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