Delta Air Lines’ Technical Operations business has been named an approved maintenance center for engine maker Rolls-Royce, a move expected to support jobs at the airline’s Atlanta base for decades.
The deal makes Delta TechOps the first independent Rolls-Royce approved maintenance center. Delta maintenance workers will overhaul advanced engines for Airbus jets Delta has ordered, as well as jet engines for other airlines. That is expected to generate work for the next 30 years for Delta’s TechOps business.
As part of the deal, Atlanta-based Delta will build a new 100,000-square foot engine maintenance facility in its massive TechOps site at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new engine shop would open for operations in 2019.
“This will make Hartsfield-Jackson not only the world’s busiest airport, but a hub for engine maintenance,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who shared the stage with Delta and Rolls-Royce as they announced the deal Monday. “Over 5,000 jobs with Tech’s will remain in Atlanta for years to come.”