Pratt & Whitney and MTU maintenance Zhuhai announce the first GTF engine inducted for overhaul in China
ZHUHAI, September 28, 2021 – Pratt & Whitney is proud to announce the induction of the first GTF engine for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in China. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company Limited, joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ MRO network in December 2020 and has become the first active GTF MRO facility in China. The shop inducted a PW1100G-JM model engine, which powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft family.
“This is a monumental achievement for the GTF MRO network. We formally welcomed MTU Maintenance Zhuhai to the network in December 2020, and now here we are in September sharing news about its first induction,” said Joe Sylvestro, vice president, Aftermarket Global Operations at Pratt & Whitney. “The GTF is a young fleet with a long runway of growth ahead of it. To have an active shop in China brings immediate benefit to our customers in region. We are eager for the induction pace to build and for our other GTF MRO network members in China to begin maintenance operations as well. All of this helps to enhance our customers’ operations.”
“We are incredibly excited to have inducted the first GTF engine in our Zhuhai facility, MTU’s third facility with full disassembly, assembly and test capability in the GTF MRO network,” said Jaap Beijer, President and CEO, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai. “The GTF is a game-changing engine, and MTU has been playing key roles in its design, manufacture and maintenance. It’s rewarding to service this state-of-the-art geared fan architecture and provide reliable maintenance to maximize our customers’ time in the air.”
MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is one of several facilities in Asia supporting GTF MRO work, alongside Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore and IHI in Japan. China is home to one of the largest GTF fleets, where 11 airlines will be operating more than 200 A320neo family aircraft by the end of 2021. Pratt & Whitney has a long history in China, dating back more than 90 years.
The growing GTF MRO network is comprised of the industry’s leading MRO companies including Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC), Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and Delta TechOps. Currently, there are 10 active GTF MRO engine centers located across three continents. The GTF MRO network is part of Pratt & Whitney’s EngineWise® service solutions, which provides engine operators with a variety of aftermarket services resulting in long-term, sustainable value. Visit https://prattwhitney.com/enginewise for more information.