Delta TechOps MRO Reaches New Milestone with first Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN Engine Service

  • Delta TechOps (DTO) aviation maintenance technicians recently completed the first engine visit of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine.
  • The next-generation engine completed testing at the world’s largest MRO test cell at the Atlanta Technical Operations center.

Last week, Delta TechOps achieved a major milestone by completing the first shop visit & test of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine at its state-of-the-art Technical Operations Center in Atlanta. As a powerplant option for the Boeing 787 aircraft operators, the test marks the first production of this model through Delta TechOps’ maintenance facility.

During the shop visit, the engine was disassembled to replace High Pressure Turbine systems and blades, and several reliability improvement Service Bulletins were incorporated. To successfully pass the test, the engine had to meet multiple performance parameters such as thrust, balance and temperatures.

“The successful test of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine is a great achievement for Delta TechOps, and we’re proud of our world-class team and our Rolls-Royce support partners for their hard work to further our engine programs,” said Mike McBride, Delta’s Vice President – Maintenance Operations & Delta Material Services. “This is yet another step that advances our MRO offerings and capabilities, and TechOps will continue enhancing our next-generation engine types for our MRO customers worldwide.”

Prior to the engine visit, many departments within Delta TechOps worked in tandem with onsite support partners from Rolls-Royce to complete the first production of this model. In 2020, TechOps team members participated in virtual differences training on the Trent 7000 High Pressure system that reads across to the Trent 1000 TEN model.

Paul Keenan, Senior Vice President – Service Delivery, Rolls-Royce said: “We are delighted to celebrate another key milestone in the engine overhaul capability for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN, which adds to the existing portfolio of Trent products within Delta TechOps. The whole programme delivery for this product, which has been during a challenging year due to the pandemic, is a testament to our collective teams’ determination, underpinned by a collaborative partnership focused on supporting our growing Trent fleet.”

Delta TechOps has serviced and repaired Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Pack C engines for several years and the Trent 1000 TEN model was designed to increase fuel efficiency by improved intermediate pressure compressors. According to onsite Rolls-Royce support partners, the Trent 1000 TEN model possesses a two percent reduction in fuel burns compared to the Trent 1000 Pack C engine.

In October 2015, Delta and Rolls-Royce signed a formal agreement for Delta TechOps to become an Authorized Maintenance Center for Rolls-Royce engines – the Trent 1000, Trent 7000, Trent XWB and BR715. Since then, TechOps has made significant investments to further enhance maintenance capabilities, especially for next-generation engines that feature higher efficiency and less fuel burn. These major projects include the conversion of aircraft hangar bays into a new engine shop, development of a hot section repair shop, construction of the largest MRO test cell in the world and an additive manufacturing shop.


Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America. In addition to supplying maintenance and engineering support for Delta’s large fleet of aircraft, Delta TechOps provides high-quality service to more than 150 other aviation and airline customers around the world and has developed strategic partnerships for next-generation engines with Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. The organization specializes in high-skill work such as engines, components, hangar and line maintenance. Delta TechOps employs thousands of aviation maintenance professionals and is one of the world’s most-experienced providers with more than 90 years of aviation experience.


  1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 [excluding product testing] and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
  2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £11.76 billion in 2020 and we invested £1.25 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

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