The 2010s

2010 – MTU Maintenance obtains a license for the GE90

MTU Maintenance Hannover obtains a license to maintain the GE90-110/115, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine, expanding the high end of its product offerings. A mere nine months later, the Hannover-based shop has acquired its first three maintenance customers for the huge engine. The two GE90 versions power the Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin-engine airliner.

2010 – Airbus launches the A320neo

The European aircraft manufacturer decides to build a markedly improved version of the A320 family of aircraft – the A320neo. What sets this aircraft apart from others is its engines; they contribute significantly to a 16-percent reduction in fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions and cuts noise footprint levels by 75 percent. MTU Aero Engines has a stake in the PW1100G-JM, the first engine selected to power the A320neo.

2011 – MTU takes an 18-percent stake in the PW1100G-JM

MTU Aero Engines takes a program workshare of 18 percent in the PurePower® PW1100G-JM geared turbofan™* engine. The propulsion system powers the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft. In the PW1100G-JM program, MTU is responsible for the high-speed low-pressure turbine and contributes half of the high-pressure compressor; it will also perform the final assembly of about one third of the engines to be manufactured.

2011 – TP400 receives type certification

The engine to power the Airbus Military A400M airlifter obtains type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The TP400-D6 is the most powerful western turboprop; the engine program is being managed by the European Europrop International (EPI) consortium. MTU Aero Engines is a partner in EPI and has responsibility for the intermediate-pressure compressor, intermediate-pressure turbine and intermediate pressure shaft, for the control unit software, and for final assembly and production acceptance testing of the engines.

2011 – MTU Maintenance Dallas

MTU Maintenance Dallas is MTU’s center of excellence for on-wing and on-site services. In August 2011, MTU Aero Engines has acquired a 75-percent share in former on-wing service specialist Retan Aerospace. The broad engine portfolio includes the CF34, CFM56, V2500, CF6, GE90, PW2000 and PW4000. In October 2013, it moved to an enlarged facility thereby expanding its engine maintenance and associated storage capacity. The company provides rapid response to maintenance needs, whether scheduled or unscheduled. By adding MTU Maintenance Dallas’s expertise to its network, MTU aims to further improve the range of on-wing services for its customer base in the U.S. and the Americas.

2012 – MTU builds a new production shop

MTU Aero Engines begins to build an entirely new production shop at its headquarters in Munich. This is where it will be producing compressor blisks for the Pure-Power® PW1000G geared turbofan™ engine. MTU is one of the leading blisk manufacturers in the world; from 2020 on, up to 3,000 of these highly advanced compressors will be built every year.

2013 – MTU's future: Claire II/III

What sets the GTF propulsion system apart is that it features a reduction gearbox between the fan and low-pressure shaft on which the low-pressure compressor and low-pressure turbine that drives the fan are seated. This increases efficiency and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent. By 2030, CO2 emission will be cut by approx. 25 percent and the noise level further reduced as a result of continued optimization. 

In the third and last stage of Claire, major changes are envisaged that may well go beyond today's gas turbine technology. Jointly with universities and other research establishments, MTU is conducting studies for this phase. Among the options under review are the use of highly efficient heat engines with extremely high pressures or the embodiment of recuperative elements to improve the thermodynamic cycle process. Other conceivable concepts include shielded propellers or fans distributed around the fuselage. The goal is achieve a 40-percent reduction in fuel burn by 2050.

2013 – MTU and Sumitomo Corporation combine competence in engine lease business

MTU Maintenance and Japan-based Sumitomo Corporation, one of the largest trading companies worldwide, have set up two new joint venture companies to jointly expand their commercial aircraft engine lease business.
MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., an 80:20 joint venture of MTU Maintenance and Sumitomo Corporation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, provides airlines, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) providers and lessors with short- and medium-term lease solutions. Sumisho Aero Engine Lease B.V., a 90:10 joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and MTU Aero Engines, focuses on long-term lease arrangements for its customers.
As part of their cooperation, MTU Maintenance provides Sumitomo Corporation with technical assistance and extensive MRO know-how, especially on engine programs that are part of MTU’s portfolio. These include the CFM56, the V2500, the GE90, the CF34, the CF6, and the PW2000. Moreover, MTU Maintenance contributes its detailed knowledge of future engine programs.

* Geared Turbofan™ is a trademark application of Pratt & Whitney.

2014 – MTU participates in the GE9X engine for the new “Triple Seven”

When executive officers of GE, MTU Aero Engines, IHI Corporation, Safran Aircraft Engines and Safran Aero Boosters met at the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July, they signed a contract that heralds a new era in engine history: the partner contract for the GE9X program. The new engine will be the exclusive power plant for Boeing’s 777X long-haul jetliner, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.
(Photo: Boeing)

2014 – Logistics center officially opened

The new, 5,600 square-meter logistics center with currently two stories will house incoming goods, customs and foreign trade, and receiving inspection all under one roof. The investment in the amount of some ten million euros had become necessary in anticipation of the increase in production volumes over the next few years as a result of the ramp-ups in the PW1000G-JM and other programs. “The new shop allows us to make workflows in the internal logistics chain appreciably more efficient,” said Martens. “We’ve made it a point to make sure we achieve a high level of standardization and have highly streamlined processes in place.”