American Airlines and Rolls-Royce today celebrated the 1,500th engine to come through the joint venture maintenance and repair facility, Texas Aero Engine Service Ltd (TAESL) in Fort Worth, Texas.
The milestone was celebrated at the TAESL facility located at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, with several hundred American Airlines and Rolls-Royce employees on hand. A detailed machined model of the RB211 was presented to Hal Heule, Senior Vice President – Technical Operations for U.S. Airways, as the recipient of the 1,500th engine to be repaired and maintained at TAESL.
“A large part of TAESL’s success are the terrific American Airlines employees and the working together processes with the leadership of the Transport Workers Union and Local 567,” said Bob Reding, American’s Senior Vice President – Technical Operations. “Through the years, they and our partner Rolls-Royce have been focused to make this joint venture work for everyone.” Miles Cowdry, Rolls-Royce President Services said: “The delivery of the 1500th engine is a significant milestone that could not have been reached without TAESL winning and retaining the trust of their customers. As a key component of Rolls-Royce's global network, I look forward to TAESL's continuing success in the marketplace.”
TAESL was formed in April 1998 as a joint venture between American Airlines and Rolls-Royce. It repairs and overhauls the RB211 engine, which American has on its Boeing 757 fleet, and the Trent 800 engine, which is on American’s premier Boeing 777 aircraft.
The joint venture provides Rolls-Royce a facility capable of overhauling the large and powerful Trent engines in support of its TotalCare programs. Currently there are only three other facilities capable of this work – one in the United Kingdom and two in Southeast Asia.
For American, the business arrangement gives the airline a partner in sharing the costs of operating a large engine facility and an insight from the engine manufacturer perspective.
During its nine years of operation, TAESL has repaired engines with revenues in excess of $2.7 billion. It has received a substantial amount of business from third-party engines, and that revenue has grown 75 percent over the past five years.