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Rolls-Royce and Delta TechOps announced Monday that it will add maintenance, repair and overhaul capability for the BR715 jet engine in 2016.

Delta began operating BR715-powered Boeing 717s in 2013 and is the largest operator of the aircraft type. Delta today has 80 of the aircraft in service and will eventually have 91.

This agreement is part of the ongoing strategic plan for Rolls-Royce to develop a competitive and capable network to meet customer’s needs. Earlier this year, Delta TechOps joined the Rolls-Royce Trent Service Network as an Approved Maintenance Center will provide engine overhaul services for the Trent XWB and Trent 7000 engines for Delta and other customers.

“Delta TechOps is always looking at ways to expand our capabilities, and bringing on the BR715 adds another product to our comprehensive portfolio and furthers our growing relationship with Rolls-Royce,” said Don Mitacek, Senior Vice President - Delta TechOps. “We look forward to working these engines, as well as the Trent XWB and Trent 7000, in the future.”

Delta TechOps is the largest airline maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in North America and the third largest worldwide. The development of BR715 overhaul capability in Delta TechOps will commence during the upcoming year.

Chris Young, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Small & Medium Engines, said, “With this agreement, we deepen our relationship with this long-standing and valued customer. Delta Air Lines is one of the largest airlines in the world and we will support our customer with the establishment of Delta’s own capability to repair and overhaul its BR715 engines.”