So far, only Airbus aircraft engines have been serviced at N3 in Arnstadt. Now Boeing is coming along. This has positive effects on the company's Thuringian location.
Arnstadt (dpa/th) - N3 Engine Overhaul Services GmbH wants to expand its engine maintenance site near Arnstadt. The company announced on Thursday in Arnstadt that the workforce would also be increased. The reason is that the Federal Aviation Office N3 has also granted the operating license for the maintenance of the engines for Boeing 787 aircraft. These are Rolls-Royce engines.
N3 is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Rolls-Royce plc., which has been in Thuringia for 15 years. After the company anniversary this year, the expansion of the site is planned for 2023, the company explained. In the long term, more than 1000 employees would be targeted at the location in Thuringia's largest commercial area "Erfurter Kreuz" near Arnstadt. There are currently 800 employees including 28 trainees. There have already been more than 100 new hires this year.
The current capacity of 160 engines per year is to be increased to at least 250 engines per year in the coming years. An expansion of the workshop and the construction of a logistics center on the company premises are planned. Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2023.
Approval as a maintenance organization was also granted for large Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engines. This means that five different engine types for aircraft can now be serviced at N3.
N3 Managing Director Carsten Behrens said: "With the operating license for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN engine, we are securing our future by expanding and increasing our capacities." The new engine type is also the entry into the Boeing world for N3. So far, the company has only looked after the Trent engines in Airbus aircraft.
N3 started in 2007 at the Erfurter Kreuz - the program was gradually expanded. Over the past 15 years, more than 1,400 engines have been overhauled. There were restrictions with short-time work during the Corona crisis.