Rolls-Royce plans to expand their global network of engine overhaul services to support growth in their fleet of large aero engines. The company says as their fleet of in-service engines is forecast to grow from more than 4,000 today to approximately 6,500 in the mid-term – and even further beyond that – they expect demand for overhaul services to increase over the coming years.
Rolls-Royce says planned expansion comes as the long-term focus of their business moves towards managing the aftermarket potential of their fleet of widebody aircraft engines. This further network expansion of engine overhaul facilities also “underpins our commitment to reducing the impact on customers of in-service issues with the Trent 1000,” Rolls says.
In Germany, part of the Rolls-Royce Deutschland site in Dahlewitz will transition into an overhaul services hub with the capability of handling widebody engine overhauls. The Rolls-Royce Canada site in Montreal, which currently services business jet engines, will also be repurposed to become a widebody engine overhaul facility.
These moves come in addition to ongoing investment in the UK. The Rolls-Royce Derby site will become an engine overhaul Center of Excellence, capable of overhauling the new engine types in their portfolio. The company’s team in Derby is developing new overhaul techniques and will provide training to their wider network. Rolls-Royce also says they will continue to invest in overhaul facilities in Bristol and Inchinnan to enhance their capacity to undertake overhauls of Trent 700 engines.
“We are focused on expanding our existing global network to address the growing demand for overhaul services and to provide our customers with even better service solutions both now and into the future,” says Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Civil Aerospace Services director.