Air Cargo Management

Vortex Aviation opens engine facility in Chicago to support airlines, lessors and cargo operators

Vortex Aviation has opened a new facility in Chicago, Illinois, US to provide unparalleled support for engine asset owners, airlines, lessors, and cargo operators.

Vortex Aviation offers quick turn commercial aviation engine MRO services and is a sister company to Kellstrom Aerospace.

It will be Vortex’s fourth FAA and EASA approved facility, expanding the capabilities of the Hospital Shop and Field Services, which provide efficient and customised repair solutions for mature and next-generation turbine engines. These services aim to minimize customers’ downtime and reduce direct maintenance costs.

The new facility is scheduled to open on 1 May, 2023. It will provide comprehensive on-wing and on-site maintenance services. Hospital shop services will see the facility specialise in quick turn surgical strike maintenance to get the engine back in service with minimal impact to operations and cost effectively extending the on-wing life of the engine. The Chicago facility will provide top case repair & inspections, boroblend capability, borescope inspections, QEC & stand swaps, engine lease return workscopes & evaluations among other services to include long term and short-term storage.

Vortex Aviation’s experienced ‘on-wing’ support team of field service technicians will be available to travel to customers’ locations, providing global AOG quick turn engine maintenance, repairs, and inspections. The Chicago facility will extend the reach of these services throughout the Midwest, offering rapid response to minimise downtime and keep aircraft flying.

“Our new Chicago facility, located 15 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 40 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport is another significant milestone for Vortex Aviation,” said Vortex Aviation’s SVP John McKirdy. “We are excited to expand our operations to this strategically important location and with our experienced team and wide range of capabilities, we are confident that we can deliver the world-class engine maintenance support our customers demand.”

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