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 Pratt & Whitney GTF 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. SMBC 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.

2013 - One of the first

MTU Aero Engines becomes one of the first companies in the industry to begin manufacturing production components using additive methods. It uses selective laser melting (SLM) at its Munich location to make borescope bosses for the PW1100G-JM engine that powers the A320neo. In this method, the 3D model of the component is “sliced” into individual layers on a computer. Then, using this as a blueprint, the laser melts powdered material to form the component layer by layer on a platform.

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.”

2015 - Milestone: 15,000 Shop Visits

Milestone at MTU Maintenance: 35 years after it was founded, the company celebrates the completion of its 15,000th shop visit. The engine in question is a CF34-10E, which was shipped to Aeroméxico Connect following overhaul at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg. As an authorized service provider, the Ludwigsfelde location specializes in the CF34 and is also the first independent provider in the world that can support all versions in the engine family.


2015 - Flight test of A320neo successfully completed

Airbus successfully completes its flight test campaign for the A320neo powered by the PW1100G-JM engine. Starting in September 2014, three prototypes made 350 flights, ultimately logging a total of 1,070 hours in the air. In consequence, the aviation authorities in Europe (EASA) and the United States (FAA) granted approval for the A320neo with the Geared Turbofan™ as its propulsion system.


2015 - Sikorsky CH-53K takes off for its maiden flight

The new Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter, powered by the T408 engine, takes off from West Palm Beach for its maiden flight in October. This marks the start of an estimated 2,000 hours of flight testing. Over a typical mission radius of 200 kilometers, the helicopter can transport payloads of over twelve metric tons.


2016 - Geared Turbofan enters passenger service

The first aircraft powered by the Geared TurbofanTM enter passenger service: Lufthansa flies the first A320neo in January, and Swiss follows with the A220 in July. MTU is very much involved with the new engines in Pratt & Whitney’s GTF family, which offer double-digit percentage reductions in fuel consumption, pollution and noise emissions as well as operating costs.


2017 - Smooth two-hour maiden flight

In March, industry eyes turn towards Brazil and the maiden flight of the Embraer E195-E2. The regional jet takes off for the first time just three weeks after the ceremonial rollout. Powered by two PW1900G engines, the aircraft returns to the airport at Sao José des Campos after a smooth two-hour flight.

2017 - New location in Rzeszów, Poland

In the fall, MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik reach an agreement to set up a joint maintenance company for Geared Turbofan™ engines, with each company holding 50 percent of the shares. The new location in Rzeszów, Poland, is scheduled to start operations at the end of 2019 and will employ some 1,000 people over the medium term. Plans are in place to install enough capacity for the location to handle over 400 shop visits per year.


2017 - MTU, DLR and GKN launch collaboration

MTU, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and GKN launch an extensive collaboration for researching lightweight aircraft engines. The objective is to improve the way low-pressure compressor, transition channel and high-pressure compressor work together in order to identify and tap into new potential to make engines even more fuel-efficient. Their findings will be incorporated into the next generation of Geared Turbofans™.


2018 - MTU Maintenance Canada enlarges portfolio

Following the expansion of its maintenance capacities, MTU Maintenance Canada overhauls its first V2500 in early summer. By adding the engine to the portfolio of its Canadian subsidiary, MTU consolidates its market position and creates capacities for growth in preparation for the expected upswing in maintenance business with the V2500 through the early 2020s.


2018 - MTU Power

New member of the MTU family: With the new MTU Power brand, the company pools its gas turbine expertise from Aero Solutions, brush seals and MTU Maintenance. The overall goal is to combine MTU’s extensive experience and know-how with its creative “nothing is impossible” mentality in one brand.


2018 - MTU Aero Engines Polska again expands its high-tech facility in Poland’s Aviation Valley

Groundbreaking for the next building expansion at MTU Aero Engines Polska: The facility increases its existing floor space by 11,400 square meters and boosts its headcount by roughly one quarter. The move is prompted by the tremendous advances made in the field of additive manufacturing technologies and the sharp increase in the MTU Group’s production rates. Of the total of 11,400 square meters of added floor space, 7,500 square meters are dedicated to production and 3,900 square meters are used to provide additional space required, as, for example, for production support activities.

2018 - MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg sets up new logistics center

A new logistics center is going up at MTU’s MRO facility based in Ludwigsfelde. The additional floor space of around 6,500 square meters is needed to cater for the location’s continued growth. Thus, for instance, the number of operating hours has risen 30 percent between 2016 and 2018 and is expected to increase further in the two-digit percentage range in the years to come. At the same time, this construction project affirms MTU’s commitment to continuing to cater to the needs of its customers worldwide in an optimum and flexible manner – true to its motto ‘Excellence made in Brandenburg’.


2018 - Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines lay foundation stone for joint MRO shop in Poland

EME Aero is a 50/50 joint venture of Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines and will offer MRO services for the geared turbofan (GTF) engine family. By 2020, the two partners will invest a total of 150 million euros in the world’s largest and most advanced MRO shop for GTF engines. The new facility will be equipped with the most advanced disassembly, assembly and testing system, which will enable extremely efficient flow line processes. The facility based in Jasionka near Rzeszów in southeastern Poland is located in the immediate vicinity of MTU Aero Engines Polska.

2018 - NEFE: Safran and MTU Aero Engines join forces to develop the next-generation European fighter engine

France’s Safran Aircraft Engines and Germany’s MTU Aero Engines will jointly lead the development, the production and the after-sales support of the new engine that will power the next-generation combat aircraft as part of the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which will enter into service by 2040. Under the partnership, Safran Aircraft Engines will take the lead in engine design and integration, and MTU Aero Engines will take the lead in engine services. MTU Aero Engines will be in charge of the low-pressure and high-pressure compressors and the low-pressure turbine, while Safran will be responsible for the combustor, the high-pressure turbine and the afterburner.


2019 - MTU celebrates anniversaries

The MTU Group celebrates a number of anniversaries in 2019: 85 years ago, BMW Flugmotorenbau GmbH, MTU’s predecessor, was founded, and 50 years ago, MTU Motoren- und Turbinen-Union München GmbH M.A.N. Maybach Mercedes-Benz was set up. 40 years ago, in 1979, the company made its first foray into the commercial maintenance business, setting up MTU Maintenance Hannover in Langenhagen. 1999 marked the foundation of Vericor Power Systems, and May 2009 saw the inauguration of MTU Aero Engines Polska, located near Rzeszów in southeastern Poland.