Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines are exploring the creation of a joint venture maintenance company for the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G family of geared turbofan (GTF) engines. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to look at the possibility of establishing an MRO joint venture at a globally competitive location. In a media release both organisations reported that discussions are ongoing and they hope to make firm decisions by the end of the year.
The German MRO has been maintaining various P&W engine types for decades and in July became a member of the US company’s geared turbofan aftersales service network. With Lufthansa being the first airline to put the GTF-powered Airbus A320neo into commercial service, the group’s MRO provider is positioned to provide services to future operators of the engine. For its part, MTU Aero Engines is a partner of P&W in the PW1000G programme. To date, airlines around the world have ordered about 8,200 of the engines incorporating GTF technology to modernise their fleets. MTU says the high-volume engine programme will contribute substantially to its revenue over the next decade.