MRO provider MTU Maintenance is now able to test and certificate General Electric GE90 powerplants at its Hannover, Germany facility following completion of work on its test cell for the engine.
MTU believes the GE90, which powers all Boeing 777-300s and -300ERs, will gain increasing importance in the global MRO market. It points to research which suggests shop visits for the engine will grow by 13% annually until 2020 and is confident it can increase its market share. The changes at Hannover are part of this strategy.
"We are very confident that we will increase our GE90 market share in the near future," says Dr Stefan Weingartner, president and chief executive commercial maintenance at MTU Aero Engines.
"According to our forecast, we expect around 2,000 GE90 engines in operation by 2020. This is a promising development, and we consider this a great opportunity to participate in this market with a noticeable share for MTU Maintenance."
The Hannover facility boasts full repair capability for both the GE90-110B and -115B.