March 9, 2023 – 5:01 AM
To mark its 40th anniversary, the International Aero Engines (IAE) partnership was established. March 9, 1983, Building the V2500 family of medium to large turbofan engines hopes the V2500 will continue to generate aftermarket business well into 2045 and beyond. Pratt & Whitney, Japan Aero Engines Co., Ltd., MTU Aero Engines, and Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International.
The aircraft engine program is “in the prime of what we dream of having an engine program,” said Earl Exum, president of IAE partnerships and vice president of mature commercial engines at Pratt & Whitney. I’m here. He added that it has established an impressive reliability record and will continue to operate for years to come.
The V2500 family first entered service in 1989 on an Airbus A320 operated by former Yugoslav charter carrier Adria Airways, powering more than 135 million flights and more than 255 million flight hours. has been recorded.
Most existing V2500s were variants of the V2500-A1 and V2500-A5, which powered the A320ceo family jets, but IAE also built the V2500-D5, built by McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. Powered 116 MD-90s. According to Exum, his largest IAE customer today is American Airlines, which operates his 399 A320ceo family of aircraft, including 218 A321s.
According to Exum, the V2500 family has an overall dispatch reliability rating of 99.97%, with an average time on the wing of over 20,000 hours, with some engines exceeding 30,000 hours. The in-flight shutdown rate of the V2500-A5 variant, which powers the A320ceo family that dominates V2500 production, is “much better than Airbus’ targets,” he said. The IAE claims the V2500-A5 is 3% more fuel efficient than his CFM56-5B, the production engine in his competing A320ceo family.
However, according to Exum, despite the high operational maturity of V2500 engines, approximately 30% of all V2500 engines still have not attended their first maintenance shop visit, and all V2500 About 70% are less than 15 years old. In addition, the V2500 powers about 60% of his A321ceos of his 1,784 delivered.
The air cargo industry particularly favors the A321ceo as a logical successor to the Boeing 757 as a passenger-to-freighter transition. As a result, the aftermarket for the V2500-A5 variant will remain strong for decades to come, Exum said.
IAE has established a global network of 17 maintenance shops, nine of which are IAE partner facilities, to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for the V2500 family engines. Exum said Ein The IAE considers 17 MRO facilities to be a “stable number” for the size of the upcoming V2500 global MRO network. “We are at the maturity point of store visit growth. Our projections and costs suggest that we have adequate capacity to meet his future V2500 MRO needs around the world,” he said. said.
As of the IAE’s 40th anniversary, the partnership has produced over 7,800 V2500s. This is closer to the 8,000 predicted when the partnership was formed. Former IAE partner Rolls-Royce sold its stake to Pratt & Whitney in 2011 for his $1.5 billion.
Production of the V2500 new engine will continue in the form of the 31,000-pound thrust V2500-E5 for the Embraer C-390 Millennium military transport aircraft, operated by the Brazilian Air Force, ordered by the Hungarian and Portuguese Air Forces, and selected by the Netherlands. . When purchasing 5 machines.
Additionally, IAE continues to produce new spare V2500 engines for both passenger and cargo operations for customers in the Airbus A320ceo family, according to Exum. An existing customer may order these engines to increase the ratio of spare engines to his V2500-A5 in service, or backfill to replace his V2500 consumed in passenger or increasingly cargo operations. Offer his powerplant, he said.
Currently, production of spare V2500s in the form of the V2500-A5 SelectTwo currently in production standard powerplant continues at a rate of “20 range” each year, with the IAE claiming that the rate will be at least We expect it to be stable for the “next few years.” Exum said.
When asked whether the IAE expects the V2500 to reach its original 8,000 engine production, he replied: Obviously, the C-390 [orderbook and production] Achieved Embraer’s goal and is right there. “
Exum said that to ensure the C-390 meets operators’ mission reliability requirements, every aircraft delivered comes with one or more spare V2500-E5s and two on-board engines. I added that there are This means that every C-390 ordered will provide the IAE with the sale of at least three of his V2500-E5s, helping the V2500 get closer to the partnership’s original production goals more quickly.
Furthermore, he noted that a few more years of production at current rates of spare V2500-A5 SelectTwo engines for the A320ceo family of aircraft would allow the IAE to achieve its original 1983 program production projections.