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

Aeroskills project kicked off

  • The objective of the project is to offer a training program in transversal skills to a group of students from IES Barajas and CIFP Aguas Nuevas to improve their skills in the aeronautical sector. 
  • The initiative has the collaboration of Airbus, Iberia and the Fundación University-Business, who have defined, in collaboration with educational the centers, the training program.
  • Aeroskills project has been one of those selected to be financed by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and by the European Union Next Generation EU.

IES Barajas, CIFP Aguas Nuevas, Airbus, Iberia and Fundación Universidad-Universidad (FUE) have jointly developed the Aeroskills project, an initiative that aims to align the needs of companies in the aeronautical sector with a quality training plan in transversal skills.

“This project arises from the need to strengthen the collaboration between the educational system and the productive system through training and practice to improve both the development of personal and professional aspects of the participants, such as the competitiveness of the companies and finally favor regional development” declared Luis López, director of IES Barajas and Coordinator of the project.

And he adds that, for this “the project has been designed by the Training Centers and participant Companies in their efforts to improve the education of their students and introduce innovative programs aligned with the needs of companies and their students”.

The objective of the project is to improve practical experience, skills and training for the employment of VET and Dual VET students, through training in transversal skills while doing internships at Airbus and Iberia. In September 2021, the last group of 52 Vocational Training students joined Iberia to carry out their internships at the airline’s maintenance facilities in La Muñoza, near the airport of Madrid. As for Airbus, a total of 79 students who joined in 2021 are studying Dual Vocational Training or Training in Work Centers, a figure that reaches 69 students so far in 2022.

On the other hand, training will be given to company tutors in charge of supervising students in practices in order to “professionalize” their role and improve the experience of the students. In parallel, throughout the project, a series of work sessions will be held with the tutors of the training centers to identify students’ training needs and experience exchange sessions will be scheduled with the tutors of the collaborating companies.

The program plans to train a minimum of 55 VET and Dual VET students and a minimum of 50 company tutors.

Aeroskills project has been one of those selected within the call for grants aimed at carrying out innovation projects and applied research and transfer of knowledge in Vocational Training to be financed by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and by the European Union-Next Generation EU.