MTU sees recovery in commercial maintenance and spare parts business for 2021

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At its virtual Capital Market Day, MTU Aero Engines AG provided an initial outlook for 2021. The company expects the clearest recovery from the effects of the coronavirus crisis to be in the commercial maintenance business. The spare parts and military business should also pick up. In 2021, commercial series business is expected to remain at the 2020 level. “All market analyses indicate that aviation will remain a growth business in the long term,” said Reiner Winkler, CEO of MTU Aero Engines AG. “We see the coming years as a restart phase in which we will use our technological leadership, innovative strength and flexibility to extend our good starting position, so that we can derive above-average benefit from the growth of the sector from 2024.” MTU will be able to capitalize on its future-oriented product portfolio, diversified customer base and solid financial structure. Winkler added: “We will continue to focus on organic growth in the future.”

Commercial maintenance should show the strongest upward trend in 2021, with revenue growth in the twenty percent range. “Key drivers here are our strong position in engines for narrow-body aircraft and our large customer base in the cargo sector,” said Chief Program Officer Michael Schreyögg. Cargo has proven robust during the coronavirus pandemic. In the passenger sector, domestic flights are recovering faster than international routes, so demand for narrow-body aircraft is higher than for wide-bodies. “Use of modern aircraft like the A320neo is strong, so we will see a significant rise in maintenance of PW1100G-JM engines in the future,” said Schreyögg. In view of the good outlook for commercial maintenance, MTU is sticking to its expansion plans, including establishing a component repair site in Serbia and expanding MTU Maintenance Zhuhai.

The commercial spare parts business should post slightly higher revenue in 2021. The main revenue drivers here are the V2500 for the A320, the CF6, which is used in many Airbus and Boeing models, and the PW2000 for the Boeing 757 and the C-17 military transporter.

MTU anticipates that the commercial series business will make a stable contribution to revenue in 2021. “Lower output of aircraft is reflected in engine production,” said Schreyögg. “There are signs that production will be ramped up again in the mid-term, especially production of the A320neo. On the engines side, we are optimally prepared for that.” MTU is focusing on the entire value chain, from product design and supplier management, through procurement strategy, quality management and cost management to automation and digitalization.

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