It’s 4 p.m. at MTU’s Ludwigsfelde location in Brandenburg. The technicians are in the middle of overhauling a CF34 engine. Almost 1.7 metric tons is resting on the assembly support frame. With painstaking precision, MTU’s engineers dismantle the engine and inspect each part thoroughly, where necessary repairing or replacing it. It quickly becomes clear that here at the Ludwigsfelde location is where the MRO expertise for the CF34, the most widespread and best-selling engine of its class worldwide, is concentrated.
The world’s biggest independent CF34 maintenance provider
Germany - Ludwigsfelde
Portfolio includes all CF34 models
The decision to locate the MRO activities for the CF34 in Ludwigsfelde was made in the year 2000. The first engines to be overhauled arrived in Brandenburg in 2003. “From then on, the challenge lay in managing the ramp-up of this new engine type, and coping with increasing numbers practically from the get-go,” explains Frank Deubert from CF34 Engineering, who has supported the engine family for more than ten years. MTU’s portfolio in the meantime includes all engine models in the CF34 family and the company is the world’s leading independent MRO provider for this engine program.
Experience from over 1,000 shop visits
In 2017, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg celebrated the 1,000th CF34 shop visit—together with representatives from British Airways Cityflyer, which owns the milestone engine. The British regional airline is one of more than 90 customers that entrust the maintenance of their CF34 engines to MTU’s experts. According to Ludwigsfelde program manager Thomas Needham, the future prospects are also looking good: “Over 7,100 CF34 engines are currently flying worldwide. Above all the big CF34s, the CF34-8 and -10, are very successful in the market and therefore also play a predominant role in what goes on here in the shop. We are clearly focusing on further growth in this area over the coming years.” Additionally, the newer CF34 models are now also nearing their prime maintenance age: the market environment thus remains healthy.
In addition to the CF34, MTU provides service support for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, PW200, PW300 and PW500 engines and industrial gas turbines at its Ludwigsfelde location.