​MTU to grow narrowbody engine overhaul capacity in Berlin

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German engine specialist MTU will start servicing CFM International CFM56-7Bs and International Aero Engines V2500s at its Berlin overhaul shop later this year.

German engine specialist MTU will start servicing CFM International CFM56-7Bs and International Aero Engines V2500s at its Berlin overhaul shop later this year.

The site in Ludwigsfelde, near the German capital’s Brandenburg airport, has so far been focused on smaller aero engines and industrial gas turbines. It is used to service Pratt & Whitney PT6A, PW200, PW300, PW400 and GE Aviation CF34 series engines, MTU’s website indicates.

MTU on wing maintenance

Source: MTU

Boeing 737NG-powering CFM56-7Bs and V2500s, an option on the Airbus A320ceo-family, are meanwhile serviced in Hannover and at the Zhuhai shop that MTU jointly owns with China Southern Airlines’ parent.

V2500s are also serviced at MTU’s Canadian shop in Vancouver.

MTU senior vice-president MRO programmes Martin Friis-Petersen tells Cirium that CFM56-7B and V2500 services are scheduled to begin at the Berlin facility around the middle of this year. He says the expansion amid the pandemic shows the company’s confidence in a recovery and in the post-Covid MRO prospects for narrowbody engines.

Despite the crisis, MTU is continuing an expansion of its Zhuhai facility – which includes construction of a new, dedicated PW1000G overhaul shop near the existing site – and establishment of a component repair shop outside Serbian capital Belgrade, he notes.

The Munich-headquartered engine subassembly and MRO provider expects synergies from overhauling CFM56-7Bs and CF34s at the same site, as the latest CF34 variants share technology with the 737NG powerplant.

MTU says the additional CFM56-7B and V2500 overhaul lines increase network flexibility and reactivity – something the company sees as “extremely important” in the current environment.

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