MTU Maintenance Zhuhai – Leading MRO provider in the Chinese market

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is a 50-50 joint venture between Germany's leading engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Air Holding Company, one of China’s major airline groups. China Southern is Asia’s largest airline in terms of fleet size and number of passengers carried and the only Chinese carrier ranked among the top ten airlines of the world. MTU Aero Engines engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines and has had a presence in China since 2000. In the commercial maintenance area, MTU Maintenance is one of the world's leading provider of maintenance services for aircraft engines operating a worldwide network of facilities to service engines of all thrust classes.

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is located in Zhuhai’s free trade zone in southern China, in close prox-imity to Hong Kong and Macao. The company is China’s market leader for engine MRO services and focuses on the repair of V2500 and CFM56 engines. When opened in 2003, the facility had a floor space of 156,000 square meters. In order to meet the growing expectations of the global avia-tion market, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai extended its main engine repair shop in 2012 to increase the overall capacity by 50 percent from 200 to 300 shop visits per year. 

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai provides core engine maintenance as well as tailored service solutions for commercial aircraft engines which help customers reduce costs and shorten turnaround times. Its extensive service portfolio includes on-wing and on-site services, engine teardowns as well as engine leasing. Since it started operation in 2003, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has successfully conducted more than 1350 overhauls of V2500 and CFM56-3/-5 and -7 engines from customers from all over the world. Its customer base is split into domestic airlines with China Southern being the most important customer and other airlines from Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Since 2012, the business from outside China has increased to 30%.

Launched with an initial investment of 189 million US dollars for construction, advanced equipment and inventory, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai comes up with one of the most advanced engine MRO shops in Asia. Within MTU Maintenance’s worldwide network the Asian location makes up the second-largest facility providing uncompromising quality and a wide range of innovative services, the common hallmark of all MTU Maintenance shops.

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai operates one of the biggest and world’s most advanced test cells ac-commodating engines up to 150,000 pounds of thrust. The shop is certified and authorized by the aviation authorities of the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), the European EASA, the US-based FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) as well as Airworthiness bureaus of Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.

Commercial engine portfolio

  • V2500
  • CFM56-3
  • CFM56-5B
  • CFM56-7, including -7BE 

The company’s service portfolio includes: 

  • Modification, upgrade, repair and overhaul of the V2500 and the CFM56 series
  • State-of-the-art repair services for engine components and parts
  • On-site support services
  • Engineering support
  • AOG hotline with 24/7 service availability
  • Provision of lease engines through MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.
  • AOG spare parts support
  • Individually tailored maintenance programs
  • On-wing time and shop visit rate
  • EGT margin guarantee, fixed price/shop visit
  • Fly by hour rates