MTU at the Farnborough Airshow 2018

MTU back in Farnborough

Aviation technology highlights at the Farnborough International Airshow (July 16 to 22)

"Answering tomorrow's challenges" is MTU Aero Engines' motto at the Farnborough International Airshow, which opens its doors from July 16 to 22. Touting its wares again in Farnborough for the first time in 16 years, Germany's leading engine manufacturer showcases technology highlights for aviation of tomorrow at Booth 41460 in Hall 4.

The focus of the exhibits from its commercial OEM business is on the PW1100G-JM geared turbofan powering the A320neo. Its technology slashes fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 16 percent each, reduces the noise footprint by 75 percent, and, on top of that, lowers maintenance costs for airlines. MTU contributes the high-speed low-pressure turbine and the forward four stages of the high-pressure compressor, which are key components of the propulsion system. The geared turbofan is very successful in the market: The current order backlog stands at more than 8,000 of the propulsion systems.

MTU wants to take on a major role also in the development of a new engine for a future European fighter jet. The company is presenting its conceptual idea for the Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE) at this industry event that brings together key players from the international aerospace community. MTU chief program officer Michael Schreyögg explains: "As a systems integrator with profound project management experience in European partnerships, MTU is ready to get down to work. We have comprehensive know-how as regards any phase of the life cycle of a military engine - be it development, production or in-service support."

MTU Maintenance, too, is on site at the booth in Hall 4 to demonstrate selected repair and coating processes from its portfolio. Among the capabilities showcased are its V2500 drum repair process and the high-temperature resistant erosion protection coating MTUPlus ERcoateco, for example.

Geared Turbofan powering on

The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 (FIA) trade visitor days are over. On the weekend, the exhibition site will belong to the public. Time to take stock.

This was the first time a Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) had appeared in an airshow flying display. Embraer’s E190-E2 graced Farnborough with a shark design—the “profit hunter.” And the Airbus A220-300—formerly the Bombardier C Series—was there to show off its new designation.

These three jets have two key things in common: They all belong to the regional jet segment, widening the market of the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families to include aircraft that accommodate somewhat fewer passengers. And all three also have Geared Turbofan engines from the PW1000G family under their wings.

This efficient combination is enjoying tremendous market success, as this year’s FIA confirms: jetBlue ordered a total of 120 Airbus A220 jets (with PW1500G engines). Entrepreneur David Neeleman’s U.S. startup placed 60 firm orders. Helvetic Airways from Switzerland ordered 24 Embraer E190-E2 aircraft (with PW1900G engines), and the Brazilian low-cost airline Azul ordered a further 21 E195-E2 aircraft. Wataniya Airways from Kuwait purchased 20 “E2” aircraft. These orders were joined by many more from not yet disclosed customers.

Another star was the PW1100G-JM, the engine for the Airbus A320neo family. The Air Lease Corporation (ALC) commissioned 43 narrowbody models (A320neo/A321neo), CALC ordered 18 A320neo aircraft and Middle East Airlines 11 A320neo aircraft.

And the good news about this engine family didn’t stop at orders: the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the PW1500G-powered Airbus A220 ETOPS180 certification. In the future, the A220 will be allowed to fly 180 flight minutes away from its nearest alternate airport. That might sound like just another meaningless statistic, but it isn’t at all: 180 minutes is the flight time for the shortest route over the North Atlantic.

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