MTU launches mature engine support scheme

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MTU is introducing engine lease and teardown services to attract business from operators and lessors of mature powerplants.

The German engine specialist will provide lease and replacement engines if repair or overhaul of an existing powerplant is deemed uneconomical. This could be the case if, for example, an airline is due to take delivery of new aircraft and a replacement engine is needed to keep the outgoing aircraft in service.

In that case, the airline can trade in its original engine, which MTU would then tear down for serviceable material. Alternatively, carriers could temporarily lease engines.

Under a scheme dubbed “SmartRepair”, MTU will tailor overhaul shop visits to restore mature engines to the specific requirements of customers. The MRO provider might thus employ used instead of new spare parts or exchange individual engine modules to minimise repair costs depending on the powerplant’s remaining service life.

The “Mature Engine Solutions”-branded services, typically focused on powerplants that are 20-30 years old, could offer “considerable savings potential”, MTU says.