Today, Delta officially opened the world’s largest jet engine test cell at their TechOps Facility in Atlanta, Georgia.
The new test cell with next generation engine capabilities can test engines including the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, Trent 7000 and Trent XWB and the PW1100 and PW1500 variants of the Geared Turbofan.
The test cell, which is the first cell built by a U.S. airline in more than 20 years, is capable of running a mounted, stationary engine at full power with 150,000 pounds of thrust. To compare, the airline’s current test cell has a 68,000 pound thrust capacity and the most powerful jet engine in the world today, the GE90 that powers Delta’s Boeing 777-200LR fleet, is rated up to 115,000 pounds of thrust.
Delta TechOps agent in new jet engine test cellThe test cell, coupled with Delta’s new 127,000-square-foot state-of-the-art engine repair shop, will allow the airline and its employees to provide maintenance on and test a new assortment of engines including the Trent 1000, Trent 7000 and Trent XWB and the PW1100 and PW1500 variants of the Geared Turbofan.
To celebrate the new facility, Delta hosted a grand opening event with more than 100 employees who were integral in the development and implementation of the cell.