ATLANTA, June 17, 2013 – Delta TechOps’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business recently completed its first fuel tank inerting systems (FTIS) modification work on Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 aircraft, and is now offering the modification work to other A330-200 operators.
This FTIS modification represents the first retrofit in the industry on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft already in service as well as the first time an aircraft has had the work done outside the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities.
“The expertise required of this critical FTIS work is high specialized and the Delta TechOps team can offer customers a compelling solution for operators ahead of the compliance deadlines,” said Peter Turner, vice president – Delta TechOps MRO Services. “We look forward to offering this service to additional customers ahead of the 2017 deadline for A330-200 operators.”
Delta TechOps completed the modifications per the directive requirements on two Hawaiian Airlines aircraft in conjunction with C2 check work ahead of schedule, allowing the customer to return the aircraft to revenue service sooner than planned.
Aviation regulatory bodies around the world have issued directives for operators of Airbus A330-200 series aircraft that require installation of Fuel Tank Inerting Systems (FTIS) to ensure their continued safe operation over the life of the aircraft. The nitrogen generating system mod is required on all A330-200. The directives say operators must modify half of total fleets by Dec 26, 2014 and all by Dec. 26, 2017. Approximately 500 aircraft in service across the world will require the modification, though the FTIS adjustments come standard on all factory-new A330-200 aircraft.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii’s longest serving and largest airline and provides hundreds of daily flights between the Hawaiian Islands as well as several long haul flights to the U.S. mainland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. Hawaiian operates a domestic fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft and an international fleet of Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft.
About Delta TechOps
Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. Its customers laud its reputation for high-quality service and cost management. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s fleet of more than 750 aircraft, Delta TechOps serves more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world. The organization specializes in high-skill work such as engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs more than 9,600 maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most-experienced providers with more than 70 years of aviation experience. More about Delta TechOps is available at www.deltatechops.com.
Exact timing of the expanded capability will be determined in the months ahead as Delta TechOps continues to work closely with manufacturers and customers.
Turner joins Delta TechOps from Rolls-Royce North America where he was vice president, Customer Business.
The contract will immediately apply to three CFM56-7 series engines utilized by the airline.