MTU Maintenance, the largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services worldwide, has expanded its business at Vancouver International Airport. Its Canadian affiliate, MTU Maintenance Canada, has opened a new Accessory Repair Centre in a warehouse space on Sea Island that was home to the Sea Island Remote Terminal (SIRT) during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 35,000-square-foot facility has been substantially modified from when it facilitated thousands of Olympic passengers in 2010, and now provides a one-stop maintenance/service home for accessory repairs. The repair centre supports MTU’s own engine shop, located on Russ Baker Way, and features a state-of-the-art fuel control test stand. Also located at YVR is MTU’s test-cell facility, where engines are run up and tested in a fully-calibrated room as a last line of quality assurance.
In the course of an MTU overhaul cycle, more than 200 people work on an engine before it goes back into service, with more than 50 quality tests conducted on the engine’s 30,000 parts.
MTU Maintenance Canada, the first MTU affiliate outside of Germany, was founded in November 1998 as a joint venture with Canadian Airlines (now Air Canada) and became a wholly owned affiliate of MTU Aero Engines in 2003. The Canadian affiliate repairs engine parts from across the world and completely overhauls as many as 60 aircraft engines as part of its operations at YVR, which employ 300 people.