Iberia today received the first turbine it will repair at its aircraft engine workshop for the Spanish electrical utility company Endesa, under a new contract.
The unit to be inspected/repaired is a Gas Generator 8 (GG8) using FT8 turbine, derived from the JT8D aircraft engine, with which Iberia Maintenance has long experience, having inspected and serviced some 90 engines of this type in the last four years.
Last year Iberia’s maintenance arm earned a licence to inspect and repair GG8 gas turbines used in power generation, becoming the first company in Europe to qualify, and taking a major step towards diversifying into non-aircraft maintenance business, exporting its knowledge and expertise to the electrical utilities sector.
Inspection, repair and parts replacement of GG8 turbines will be carried out at the Iberia Maintenance engine repair workshop hangar near Madrid-Barajas airport. Two turbines are to be inspected this year, and the number is expected to increase thereafter.
Endesa serves more that 25 million customers and is Spain’s largest utility and the largest privately-owned multinational power company in Latin America, with nearly 23,000 employees and operations in eight countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, where it seeks intelligent solutions to energy challenges. It is also present in other industries, such as gas, of which it is one of Spain’s main suppliers.
Iberia Maintenance maintains airframes, engines, and parts of Iberia fleet and about 100 external clients around the world. In terms of revenue, staff, technology and aircraft modification capacity it is Spain’s largest and the world’s 9th-largest aircraft maintenance company. With a staff of nearly 4,000, last year it serviced 215 engines and more than 57,000 parts.
About Iberia: Iberia is market leader on routes between Europe and Latin America. Together with its subsidiary airline Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights with a fleet of 144 aircraft to 95 destinations in 40 countries. The Iberia Group carried more than 20 million passengers last year. Iberia is a member of the oneworld alliance that offers more than 8,400 daily flights to about 680 destinations in 134 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es
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