Iberia Maintenance, host sponsor of the Aero-Engines Europe

The event, which brings together the main players in the engine sector, will be held in Madrid on September 13th and 14th

  • The event, which brings together the main players in the engine sector, will be held in Madrid on September 13th and 14th
  • More than 600 people will attend the event, reaching a record number of participants
  • Enrique Robledo, Technical Director, and María Guilarte, MRO Transformation Director at Iberia Maintenance, will be in charge of the opening keynote presentation

Madrid has been the city chosen to host the new edition of Aero-Engines Europe, the leading event
exclusively dedicated to the trends and issues related to the region’s aero engine community,
gathering airlines, OEMs, MROs, lessors, suppliers and consultancies.

Iberia Maintenance, which in recent years has strengthened its commitment to the engine business,
will be the host of this two-day conference, which will take place on September 13th and 14th.

Two days dedicated to aero engines  

The event will be opened by Enrique Robledo, Technical Director, and María Guilarte, MRO Transformation Director at Iberia Maintenance. Both will be responsible for the opening keynote presentation, where they will review the challenges facing the industry, and the opportunities that the future offers and will explain how Iberia Maintenance has positioned itself as one of the leading suppliers of aeronautical maintenance.  

This edition of the Aero-Engines Europe will register a record attendance of more than 600 people and will host more than ten panels and round tables with the participation of the main representatives of the industry with the aim of shaping the future of the industry. 

Luis Filipe Parreira Augusto, Senior Manager of Engine Parts Repair Services at Iberia Maintenance; Luis Pflüger, ERP, Processes and Digitalization Director at Iberia Maintenance; and Iván González Vallejo, MRO Business Strategy & Supply Chain Director at Iberia Maintenance, will participate in several of these panel discussions.

Visit to La Muñoza  

In addition, on Thursday, Iberia Maintenance will open the doors of its engine workshop to the participants in Aero Engines to show them its facilities in Madrid: nearly 200,000 square metres dedicated to aeronautical maintenance, where 3,000 highly qualified employees work and serve a portfolio of more than 100 customers

GTF, Iberia Mantenimiento’s major project    

Iberia Maintenance is currently in the process of qualification for the overhaul and repair of a new engine model: the GTF™ PW1100G-JM engines that power the new generation aircraft of Airbus A230neo. Iberia has already obtained the capability to carry out this work and is in the process of training its workforce. The first induction of this engine type is expected to happen in the last quarter of this year. 

Iberia Maintenance has consolidated its position as a centre of excellence for V2500 engines in 2022

  • More than 50% of the total engines inducted by Iberia Maintenance are V2500’s.
  • Qatar Airways and HK Express, among others, have trusted Iberia Maintenance for its V2500 engines, while RwandAir has done the same for its CFM56-7B engines
  • The V2500 and CFM56-7B power the short- and medium-haul fleets, which include among others the Airbus 320 family and Boeing 737s, and these new partnerships have helped to grow the total number of inducted engines by 14% compared to 2021 levels
  • While serving the legacy engines, Iberia Maintenance is getting ready for the future and has already obtained the license to service Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines
  • Iberia Maintenance will host Aero-Engines Europe 2023, to be held in Madrid next September

In 2022, Iberia Maintenance consolidated its position as one of the centres of excellence for V2500
engines, due to the establishment of various new partnerships with amongst others Qatar Airways and
HK Express. The V2500 represents more than 50% of the inducted engines by the company.

The CFM56 is the second product with a share of one-third of the total number of repaired engines.
Apart from the CFM56-5B, where Iberia Maintenance cements its position as the preferred provider for
all IAG airlines using this type of engine, services are provided to various CFM56-7B operators and
asset managers. In 2022, Iberia Maintenace inked an agreement with RwandAir for the maintenance
and repair of its 7B & 7BE engines, powering the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet.

The V2500s and CFM56-7Bs power A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737s and these new contracts
have increased the total number of engines induced by 14 per cent compared to 2021 levels, and
have consolidated Iberia Maintennace’s engine shop as a reference centre for this short and mediumhaul fleet.

Additionally, Iberia Maintenance still serves the RB211-535 engine; being one of the very few Engine
Shops in the world with this capabilty.

Narrow-body, transitioning to newer engine models

The narrow-body engine MRO market is gradually transitioning from models like the CFM and V2500
to newer ones like the GTF and LEAP.

With the aim of guaranteeing a stable workload for the future, Iberia Maintenance has started to adapt
to the needs of the Shop for the new engine models while continuing to serve the CFM and V2500
operators’ needs. To this end, Iberia Maintenance has made a multi-million euro investment to acquire tooling and machinery.

In October 2022, Iberia Maintenance obtained the license to service Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines,
which power the Airbus A320neo family. The first GTF will arrive in the second half of 2023.

“The aeronautical maintenance sector is at a turning point and companies have to adapt to it. We have
to be able to respond to the current demands of our customers while preparing for the future and that
is what we are doing at Iberia Maintenance. In this way, a stable workload is guaranteed for the
future”, explained Eylo Gonzalez, Engine Shop Director at Iberia Maintenance.

Iberia Maintenance will host Aero-Engines Europe in September 2023

To mark Iberia Maintenance’s leading position in the engine MRO market, the company will host the
Aero-Engines Europe 2023 conference that will take place 13th-14th September in Madrid.

Aero-Engines Europe is a two-day conference attracting senior engine attendees. This is the leading
event exclusively dedicated to the trends and issues related to the region’s aero engine community,
gathering airlines, OEMs, MROs, lessors, suppliers and consultancies

Enrique Robledo appointed Iberia’s new Maintenance Director

  • He replaces Andy Best who, from April, will take on the same role at British Airways.
  • Robledo has extensive experience in the aeronautical sector and his main challenges will be to increase the international projection of the Maintenance business and integrate new training for the servicing of the LEAP engines of the Airbus A320neo.

Iberia today announced organisational changes in its Maintenance business. Enrique Robledo
has been appointed new director of this business, which provides services to around a
hundred clients, including IAG airlines.

Robledo, who will take up his new post on 17 March, is currently Iberia’s director at Madrid-Barajas
Airport, a role that will be taken on provisionally from that date by the current Director of Airport
Services, José Luis de Luna.

Enrique Robledo is an aeronautical engineer with a PhD in Psychology and a master’s degree from
IE. He began his career at Airbus and British Aerospace, and since 1999 he has been with Iberia,
where he has held various responsibilities in the Maintenance business, first as Head of Materials
Planning and then as Deputy Manager of the Engine Workshop.

Robledo will replace Andy Best, who has been Head of Iberia Maintenance for the past two years,
and will take on the same role at British Airways from 17 April. Best has led an all-encompassing
business and cultural transformation, driving sustainable business growth and strengthening the
positioning of Iberia’s Maintenance business in the market and within the IAG Group.

The changeover at Iberia Maintenance comes at a time when this business is contemplating the
main challenges of achieving greater international projection to become a benchmark supplier in
southern Europe, while it is in the process of obtaining the certification that will allow its Engine
Workshop to service LEAP model engines, with which the new Airbus A320neo aircraft are
equipped.

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Iberia Maintenance signs an exclusive multi-year contract with Rwandair

  • The agreement includes all visits for the maintenance of RwandAir´s CFM56-7B & -7BE engines.
  • Safety and excellence in the services are two core values shared by Iberia Maintenance and RwandAir

Iberia Maintenance and RwandAir have signed a multi-year exclusive contract to maintain the CFM56-7B & 7BE engines powering the airline’s Boeing 737 fleet.

Both airlines share the same core values in vital areas, such as a commitment to safety and
operational excellence.

Iberia Maintenance was selected by RwandAir following a rigorous process, with a proposal deemed
to be the most competitive, including engine lease, logistics, and customized work scoping utilizing the
Spanish company´s engineering expertise.

Iberia Maintenance Engine Shop, located in Madrid, is specialized in CFM56, V2500, and RB211
engines and provides services to a worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs, and the wider
Industry.

Andy Best, Iberia´s Chief Technical Officer, stated: “Iberia Maintenance is grateful to be selected to
partner with RwandAir and we are very proud to play a part in its continued development. We look
forward to working closely with the Rwandair teams ensuring the delivery of a market-leading and
differentiated service”.

Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir´s CEO, said: “RwandAir’s strategic partnership with Iberia Maintenance
reflects confidence in their technical expertise and experience to meet our high maintenance
standards. Safety is our number one priority and Iberia’s excellent maintenance track record will help
RwandAir consolidate its position as one of the most ambitious airlines in Africa”.

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HK Express partners with Iberia Maintenance for V2500 engines

  • This is a long-term agreement to maintain 32 of HK Express’ V2500 engines powering its A320ceo and A321ceo fleet  
  • Iberia Maintenance continues extending its V2500 customers base

Iberia Maintenance and HK Express, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong home carrier Cathay Pacific, have signed a long-term contract to maintain 32 V2500 engines powering the low-cost carrier’s Airbus A320ceo and A321ceo fleet.

Efficiency improvements, such as the extension of Engine Repair in-house capability, workscope adjustments to ensure shop visit optimisation and Used Serviceable Material (USM) sourcing from the market, were the key differentiators in the offer.  

At the end of 2012, Iberia Maintenance, with the support of International Airlines Group (IAG), started working on the International Aero Engines (IAE) capability to service the V2500 engine. In 2015, it obtained Pratt & Whitney’s licence for V2500 engine MRO and joined the network of IAE, which distributes its customers’ engines for repair and overhaul to network partners. At that time, Iberia Maintenance became the first non-IAE member workshop to overhaul V2500’s.  

Iberia Maintenance Engine Shop specialises in CFM56, V2500 and RB211 engines and provides services to a worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs and the wider Industry, being V2500 more than half of the current workload. In October, the company obtained the license to service Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. The first engine will be inducted in 2023.

“We are so very honoured that HK Express has chosen to award Iberia MRO with the maintenance of its V2500 engines. This award is a testament to the Iberia maintenance teams striving for improvement as we continue to develop our service offering on the V2500, working closely with industry partners to bring real value to the customer”, Andy Best, Chief Technical Officer at Iberia Maintenance, said.  

“Our vision is to be the leading best practice low-cost carrier in Asia.  The HK Express team always looks for the most optimal maintenance solution based on the key guiding principles of agility, efficiency and simplicity. We hope this partnership with Iberia Maintenance will be part of the enabler to our vision.” Alan Tang, General Manager, Maintenance and Engineering at HK Express, said.

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Iberia Maintenance celebrates 30 years of the first A320 C-Check

  • Iberia’s first A320 aircraft, Sierra de Cazorla, joined the airline’s fleet on 19th December 1990, having its first C1 Check on 25th March 1992
  • During these 30 years Iberia Maintenance has become a European Center of Excellence for A320 base maintenance after performing more than 4,000checks in its Madrid and Barcelona hangars for multiple carriers

This year, Iberia celebrates the 30 year anniversary of base maintenance services for the Airbus A320 family. On December 19th, 1990, Iberia received its first A320 Sierra de Cazorla, which had its first C1 Check completed on 25th March 1992 in Iberia’s Base Maintenance Hangars at La Muñoza.

30 years later, Iberia Maintenance has performed 4,000 heavy checks, including C checks and 6 and 12 Years inspections to the A320 family aircraft. This figure includes Iberia, IAG group airlines aircraft. and multiple third-party customers that have trusted their aircraft maintenance to Iberia Maintenace. The checks have been performed in the Madrid and Barcelona hangars.

A highly skilled and experienced team of more than 1,000 professionals supports the performance of the actual checks and any complex repair rectifications that follow based on inspection findings. Iberia Maintenance has extensive Backshops capabilities, like machining, structures or composites so a significant amount of part repairs can be performed in-house.

“In 1992, Iberia Maintenance performed the first C-Check on an A320 family aircraft. And it was the first A320 received by Iberia called “Sierra de Cazorla”. At that time, and little by little, we set out on a path to position ourselves as a major maintenance service provider for the A320 family and this was possible thanks to the Iberia Maintenance team. We will continue the journey as we strive to be a European Reference Centre for the major maintenance of the A320 family.”

Jorge Michalowski, Airframe Services Director at Iberia Maintenance, said. 

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Iberia Maintenance obtains capability to service Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines

  • Iberia will be one of a select number of workshops authorised worldwide
  • First GTF will be received in 2023

Iberia Maintenance has received a new authorization from Pratt & Whitney, one of the largest aircraft engine manufacturers in the world, to service the GTF PW1100G-JM engine, powering the Airbus A320neo family. The Iberia Engine Shop will be one of a select number of shops authorised worldwide to overhaul and maintain this engine model.

Iberia Maintenance has been working on this project for more than two years, investing in the latest engine MRO technologies for, amongst others, grinding, balancing and test data acquisition,  adapting both its 52,500m2 engine workshop, specialized in V2500, CFM56 and RB211, and its test cell, located in Madrid to be ready to accept this new technology engine. 

Iberia Maintenance will receive its first GTF engine in 2023.

This contract demonstrates Iberia Maintenance ‘s high level of experience and competitiveness and its ability to adapt to new market demands. It is a strategic step to expand its scope of activity and service to new generation engines that will be powering aircraft fleets during the coming decades.

Andy Best, Iberia Maintenance Chief Technical Officer, stated: “We are proud to receive Pratt & Whitney’s confidence and to take this strategic step in the development of our engine business, which will allow us to consolidate our position as a full service provider in single aisle fleets while ensuring the continuity of our workshop at the forefront of the industry’s technology. I would also like to thank both the Iberia and Pratt & Whitney teams for all the hard work and collaboration in achieving this milestone”. 

“With increasing engine orders, we continue to grow our MRO presence with capable, quality maintenance providers worldwide to ensure proximity and seamless service to our customers,” said Marc Meredith, executive director of GTF Engine Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney. “Already a proven MRO provider for the V2500 engine, Iberia Maintenance ’s skill and experience will be a strong asset to the GTF MRO network.”

Iberia Maintenance returns into operation 38 aircraft from Parking & Storage

  • These aircraft have been under Parking & Storage conditions due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the last two years
  • Iberia Maintenance has performed required heavy checks for the return to service of these aircraft

With the lifting of travel restrictions and then flight bookings peak, Iberia Maintenance has supported its customers to increase the number of operating aircraft in their fleets and has returned into operation 38 A32X aircraft from its customer base during the last 10 months.

Apart from the Return to Operation tasks, which include covers removal, systems tests, and wheels and brakes checks, amongst others; Iberia Maintenance has also carried out heavy maintenance programs required for these aircraft. These checks were due before the Entry into Service of the aircraft, some in combination with the End of Lease agreement.  

During the performance of the maintenance tasks, several complex repairs were required and carried out by Iberia Maintenance staff. The execution of these tasks, involving significant sheet metal, fitting, and composites skills, required Iberia Maintenance’s highly skilled and experienced workforce together with engineering to work in close cooperation with the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to develop tailor-made solutions.

Window frame replacement: mission accomplished (Case study)

For the first time, Iberia Maintenance carried out a window frame replacement on an A320 attributable to two small cracks found during a routine NDT inspection. For one month, the most skilled Iberia Maintenance team was devoted to this mission. To gain access, the flight control panel, the joystick, and the breakers had to be removed; the primary structure was replaced and finally, the entire assembly was put together again.

Window frame replacement tasks in progress

Iberia Maintenance awarded a Qatar Airways V2500 engines contract

  • The contract will result in a ten year agreement between Iberia MRO and Qatar Airways and will involve scheduled visits at Iberia Maintenance depending on the Qatar Airways´fleet
  • Iberia MRO offers a competitive and differentiated proposal for the V2500 engine in terms of efficiency and turnaround time (TAT)

Iberia Maintenance has been awarded a 10 year contract for the repair and maintenance of V2500 engines from Qatar Airways. This strategic agreement will result in scheduled visits over 10 years.

All events will be carried out at Iberia Maintenance’s engine workshop at its facilities next to Madrid airport, with more than 52,000 m2 dedicated to MRO and engineering services.

Iberia Engine Workshop serves airlines and lessors around the world, provides a high quality service, and offers a very differentiated and competitive programme for the V2500 engines in terms of TAT (turnaround time) and efficiency.

Javier Sánchez-Prieto, Iberia´s chief executive, stated:We are delighted that Qatar Airways has entrusted Iberia Maintenance with this long-term strategic contract for the engine maintenance support of its V2500 powered fleet. We have over recent years invested heavily in the development of this product and we will continue to do so ensuring we provide cost effective and a differentiated service to our customers today and into the future.”

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said:“We are pleased to be working with our strategic partner, Iberia Maintenance, who will provide long-term maintenance support for our V2500 engines fitted on our extensive A320 series aircraft. Qatar Airways strives to provide customers with industry leading safety and reliability, and we are confident in the experience and quality of service that Iberia Maintenance will provide.”

Marc Wittingen appointed as new MRO Commercial & Business Development Director at Iberia Maintenance

Iberia Maintenance announces that Marc Wittingen has been appointed MRO Commercial & Business Development Director from 1st of February 2022.

Marc has more than 20 years of experience in International Sales, Business Development, and Strategic Partnering in commercial and defense aviation, specializing in MRO of engines, airframes, and aircraft components. Since 2008, he has held several commercial senior management roles across the industry. He holds an Industrial Engineering & Management (MSc) degree from the University of Twente, in the Netherlands.

Commenting on his new role, Marc Wittingen said: “I’m extremely proud of joining Iberia Maintenance at this exciting time of their development and working with an incredible team, driven by excellence, one of the core values of the company.”

My immediate priority is to continue the commercialisation of the Iberia MRO within the global market and to help develop and innovate the business to provide the best products and services to support our current and future customers with the highest standards of safety, quality, on-time delivery, and competitiveness”.

Andy Best, Chief Technical Officer at Iberia Maintenance, said: “I’d like to welcome Marc to Iberia Maintenance. I’m absolutely delighted we were able to attract someone of his knowledge and talent to lead the MRO Commercial & Business Development department and achieve new milestones within the company”.