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“Last year, Delta TechOps earned

about $550 million in third-party sales,” says Turnbill. “Besides Delta’s own fleet of 750 aircraft, we now provide MRO support to over 150 operators worldwide.”

The Company Today

Delta TechOps is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Its Atlanta Technical Operations Center (TOC) encompasses 3.2 million square feet (297,300 m2

) of hangar space,

divided among TOC-1, TOC-2 and TOC-3. TOC-1 is Delta TechOps’ “smaller hangar,” Turnbill says. Smaller is

a relative term: It has room for up to two widebody aircraft and four narrowbody aircraft at the same time. TOC-1 also has enough space to hold Delta TechOps’ five engine test cells. Every single engine that goes

through this facility must go through the test cell before leaving the shop. That translates into an average of nearly 650 engines and 350 auxiliary power units (APUs) requiring tests per year. “The average test runs about

16 hours and is tougher than anything the engine would experience on an actual aircraft,”

Turnbill says. “The biggest test cells can handle engines putting up to100,000 pounds of thrust. We go through 85,000 gallons [321,760 l] of fuel a month.” TOC-2 is Delta TechOps’ “larger

hangar.” This vast open space ranks as one of the world’s largest cantilevered buildings. TOC-2 has enough room for six widebodies and six or more smaller aircraft simultaneously. TOC-3 is home to three state-

of-the-art paint bays, plus four floors of shops and warehouses. It takes Delta TechOps’ experienced personnel only four days to strip and paint a narrowbody, six days to do a widebody. For the record, a narrowbody needs 40 gallons (151 l) of paint, including primer; a widebody needs twice as much. In addition to the Atlanta

Technical Operations Center, Delta TechOps has light maintenance facilities for both narrowbody and widebody aircraft in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. Delta also offers MRO support through 44 repair stations worldwide.

What Delta TechOps Offers

It probably would take less space to list what Delta TechOps does not offer, rather than what it does. The company offers a full range of airframe maintenance services, including all letter checks. It repairs and overhauls landing gear and thrust reversers. Its services include corrosion prevention and control programs, interior modifications, aging aircraft visits and non- routine maintenance. While it consolidates its

Northwest-sourced Airbus knowledge, the company has actively begun offering Airbus support to its third-party customers. The Boeing airframes it supports include 737s, 757s, 767s and 777s, as well as MD-11s, MD-80s and MD-90s. Delta TechOps’ Component

Maintenance Division (ISO 9001 certified) supports the same

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