MRO Management

MTU Maintenance Canada completes milestone shop visit

MTU Maintenance Canada has completed the 1,500th shop visit of its operational history.
photo_camera There are currently over 550 engine experts employed at MTU Maintenance Canada.

MTU Maintenance Canada has completed the 1,500th shop visit of its operational history, marking the occasion with the redelivery of a V2500-A5 engine operated by Spirit Airlines.

Founded in 1998, various commercial legacy engines as well as their military variations have visited the MRO location on the outskirts of Vancouver.

International Aero Engines’ V2500, in particular, has become a centrepiece of MTU Maintenance Canada’s service provisions, specifically the -A5 model, as well as its -E5 military variant, on which the location has worldwide exclusivity and works on behalf of the engine OEM.

MTU Maintenance Canada has inducted more than 300 shop visits since the V2500 programme’s introduction in 2017.

Uwe Zachau, MTU Maintenance Canada’s chief executive and president, said: “At MTU Maintenance Canada, we have seen some of the most popular engines in aviation history and the collective competence amassed over the last decades drives our success forward.

“I want to thank our engine experts for bringing their very best every day and to Spirit Airlines for entrusting their engines with MTU.”

Spirit Airlines, a low-cost US airline and the country’s seventh largest airline overall, has been an MTU customer since 2019.

Tinashe Chigumira, programme manager of powerplant operations at Spirit Airlines, said: “MTU is a true industry leader and trusted around the world thanks to its vast know-how and customer-focused approach to MRO.

“It is great to have them in such proximity to our operations and we congratulate them on achieving this historic mark.”

In addition to the facility located in Delta, British Columbia, the V2500 engine is part of MTU’s MRO portfolios in Hannover, Germany, and Zhuhai, China.

Beside that model, MTU Maintenance Canada specialises in engine MRO of GE Aerospace’s CF6-80 and its F138 military variant. It also serves as the MTU network’s centre of excellence for the repair of line replaceable units (LRU) such as pumps, actuators, cables and harnesses for a variety of engines, including GE90-110/115B, CFM56 and LEAP.

There are currently over 550 engine experts employed at the Canadian facility, conducting more than 90 shop visits a year.

In September 2023, MTU Maintenance Canada opened a new training academy for future engine mechanics in collaboration with the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


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