A Year To Take Stock For MRO

Pratt & Whitney resolving the remaining technical issues of the geared turbofan engine was a key industry landmark of this year.
Credit: Pratt & Whitney

If 2020 was characterized by the frantic attempts of the aviation industry to respond to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, this year has provided time to take stock, restructure where necessary and prepare for recovery.

These trends have been particularly evident among engine manufacturers, with GE Aviation becoming an independent entity, Rolls-Royce selling off manufacturing capacity and major subsidiary ITP, and Pratt & Whitney resolving the remaining technical issues of the geared turbofan, as detailed in a PW1000G feature in Engine Yearbook 2022.

The latest EYB also examines how all the big engine OEMs—as well as lesser-known startups—are developing alternative propulsion technologies, in a series of features on hybrid, electric and hydrogen engines—and on sustainable aviation fuel.

Of course, conventional turbofans will be with us for many years to come, and after a period of slack demand, EYB analyzes the latest Aviation Week data to predict how their maintenance market will develop over the next decade.

Another article tackles how manufacturers have adjusted their long-term aftermarket strategies in the wake of the crisis.

Nearer-term, freighter engine maintenance is set to remain the stable revenue source it has been through the crisis, and EYB looks at what distinguishes this market from passenger aircraft engine support.

Engine leasing and finance also receive extensive coverage with articles and interviews covering: how engine assets are reacting to demand for new technology and uncertainty about retirements; why the leasing market is shifting as airlines recover from the pandemic; and where engine values and lease rates are heading.

As ever, Engine Yearbook 2022 also features numerous other articles on the hottest topics in the engine market; extensive infographics parsing the latest maintenance and fleet data; and full directory listings for the global engine aftermarket.

Alex Derber

Alex Derber, a UK-based aviation journalist, is editor of the Engine Yearbook and a contributor to Aviation Week and Inside MRO.