LONDON – Delta Air Lines will become a service provider for the next-generation LEAP-1B aircraft engine under an agreement with CFM International. It’s helping position Delta TechOps as a leading global service provider for state-of-the-art, more sustainable engines.
The service agreement was made in conjunction with Delta’s order for 100 next-generation Boeing 737-10 aircraft. They will be powered by the LEAP-1B engine. Both announcements were unveiled today at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K.
This agreement recognizes the expertise of Delta TechOps which is one of the very few global MRO providers at the forefront of next-generation, more sustainable engine technology. It is thanks to the incredible skill, innovation and expertise of the people of TechOps that we are leading the industry servicing engines that will be flying passengers across the world for years to comesaid Mahendra Nair, S.V.P. Fleet & TechOps Supply Chain.
Under the agreement with CFM, Delta will be one of a select few maintenance, repair and overhaul providers worldwide for the LEAP-1B. In addition, with the CFM partnership, Delta TechOps will become one of few global MRO providers servicing all next-gen engine platforms. Delta TechOps provides world-class aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and operations work not only for Delta’s fleet but for a range of other aircraft owners as well, providing an important source of revenue for the company.
We are proud to work with Delta as both an airline customer and as a highly-qualified provider for the expanding LEAP MRO network. LEAP shop visit demand will grow rapidly in the next five to ten years due to the volume of engines in service. This agreement is another critical step to expanding our open MRO network supportsaid Tom Levin, vice president, Aftermarket Strategic Solutions, for CFM International parent company GE Aviation.
In addition to servicing Delta’s more than 200 LEAP-1B engines, Delta TechOps will provide competitive and flexible service offerings to other airlines operating LEAP-1B powered Boeing MAX aircraft, including the 737-7, 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 planes.
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s large fleet of aircraft, Delta TechOps provides high-quality service to more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world.
Delta TechOps specializes in high-skill work including engines, components, hangar and line maintenance, employing thousands of aviation maintenance professionals. It is one of the world’s most-experienced providers, with more than 90 years of aviation experience.
Delta TechOps Brand New Engine Shops
Few days ago Delta announced brand new engine shops. Innovative technology provides big benefits along every step of the repair cycle. Delta TechOps opening new shops this year to help optimize repair processes and save costs. Two shops at the top of our list include the Life Limited Parts (LLP) shop and the brand-new Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) engine shop.
The LLP shop opened last month and can now industrialize not only the legacy engine lines we work with, but also the Geared Turbofan and the Rolls-Royce Trent engine lines.
Creating a dedicated Prime shop for LLPs now allows the Engine Maintenance Disassembly & Assembly areas to increase capacity while also creating synergy for working on LLPs across the engine lines.
This shop allows us to increase focus and process improvements for some of the engine’s most critical and expensive parts that will increase the growth opportunities for our business.
The new GTF shop is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed at the end of 2022, with our first PW1500 shop visit in the new shop slated to begin early next year.
At 155,000 square feet and expansion opportunities for an additional 50,000+ square feet, the new shop allows us to perform engine maintenance on the most sophisticated and advanced technologies.
When the shop is up and fully running, it will support the repair of more than 300 GTF engines a year, across the PW1100 and PW1500 platforms.