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IATA and Rolls-Royce establish a “more open MRO industry” with major joint statement


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Rolls-Royce have signed a joint statement that sets out the engine manufacturer’s open approach to the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) ecosystem.

The organisations have aligned on four key principles, according to the official statement. These are:

  1. Rolls-Royce does not prevent the development of legitimate non-OEM parts or non-OEM repairs by MRO providers and independent parts manufacturers, as long as they are approved by the appropriate airworthiness regulator;
  2. Rolls-Royce’s policy is to grant airlines, lessors and MRO providers non-discriminatory access to OEM parts, repairs and support (including access to Rolls-Royce Care);
  3. Rolls-Royce does not discriminate against airlines, lessors or MRO providers that use non-OEM parts or repairs;
  4. Rolls-Royce will not insist that airlines or lessors subscribe to Rolls-Royce services.

The document was finalised after several months of “productive and collaborative” dialogue on industry best practice for engine MRO services, the parties said.

“This statement is timely as the post-Covid-19 restart will see an acute need to repair damaged finances while operating at the highest standards of safety and reliability,” said IATA’s director general Willie Walsh.

“Rolls-Royce has taken a proactive approach in working with us on this commitment that will stimulate a more open MRO industry and have a long-lasting impact in the market.

“Competition spurs innovation and creativity while typically driving down costs, helping to keep air travel affordable. We look forward to other OEMs making similar commitments.”

Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace’s president Chris Cholerton commented: “We welcome this agreement that recognises our ongoing commitment to providing customers with a flexible, capable and competitive MRO offering.

“We appreciate that an open and balanced ecosystem of MRO providers allows airlines to have access to greater choice and competitive pricing.”

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