Western Europe is the World's Third Largest Engine MRO Market
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From 2019 through to 2028, the Western Europe region will generate $58.1 billion in engine MRO demand. This makes it the world's third largest engine aftermarket.
Eastern Europe Will Remain a Small But Robust MRO Region
Among the world's smallest MRO regions, Eastern Europe will nevertheless see solid growth in its engine aftermarket over the next decade. Standing at just $1.3 billion in 2019, the region's engine MRO segment will grow to $14.3 billion by 2028.
The engine segment is expected to be a driver of overall MRO growth over the next 10 years. In Western Europe, it'll grow at an average CAGR of 2.3% annually up to 2028, while Eastern Europe will see annualy increases of 1.7%.
LEAP Engines Set to Dominate in Western Europe
Given airline penchant for narrowbody aircraft orders, variants of the CFM's LEAP engine are set to lead the delivery schedule into Western Europe over the next 10 years. The CFM LEAP-1B will top the deliveries (2,236) followed by the LEAP-1A (1,806), according to Aviation Week data.
Russian-made SaM146 Will Be Popular in Eastern Europe's Engine Shops
Despite challenges with the program, the Sukhoi Superjet 100's SaM146 engine is expected to see a high volume of units enter into the Eastern European region over the next 10 years. Aviation Week estimates 568 engines will be delivered from 2019 to 2028.
Engine Capacity is Challenging Europe
Like with other global regions, capacity is proving a particular challenge to European engine shops with the balwave of CFM56 and V2500 engines under way as airlines keep older aircraft in service for longer. MTU Maintenance, among the world's largest engine MRO specialists, is one example of a maintenance provider which ran at full capacity in Europe in 2018.
But a Capacity Drive is Happening
With this in mind, MROs across the continent are investing in additional capacity to be better equipped to deal with the influx of work. MTU is planning to expand its Germany locations Hanover and Berlin, while the likes of Czech Airlines Technics in Eastern Europe have added new line stations in the past year. Others, such as SR Technics, have looked to better operational and leaner strategies in order to better utilize capacity.
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