Air India Engineering to Perform MRO Services in Support of Pratt & Whitney GTF Maintenance
Pratt & Whitney announced Thursday that Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) will provide MRO services in support of their GTF engines and customers in India. The PW1100G-JM engines will be serviced at AIESL’s Mumbai facility.
Yesterday (March 5, 2020) Pratt & Whitney announced that Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for their GTF engines in support of customers in India. Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM will be serviced at AIESL’s Mumbai facility. AIESL’s new GTF maintenance role will be phased in starting with engine upgrades and module exchange capabilities in support of the Indian GTF fleet. AIESL’s facility has already received their first GTF engine. In Thursday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President of Aftermarket Operations, Joe Sylvestro said,
“With AIESL performing maintenance on our high-tech GTF engines, we are excited to strengthen our global MRO capacity and capabilities for customers on the ground in India. As the demand for air travel grows in India, we look forward to furthering the growth of Indian aviation.”
Also commenting on the new MRO relationship, AIESL’s CEO, HR Jagannath added,
“It’s an exciting time for us as we prepare for the GTF engine. AIESL has been engaged in providing MRO services to Air India and other operators for over 50 years now. Our association with Pratt & Whitney goes back a long time as well. The GTF engine provides us with the opportunity to showcase our capabilities and establish AIESL as one of the premier engine MROs in India.”
Over 700 aircraft in India are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, including more than 150 GTF-powered Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The highly efficient GTF engines have saved Indian operators over 90 million gallons of fuel, thereby reducing carbon emissions by more than 800,000 metric tons. Pratt & Whitney’s state-of-the art Customer Training Center in Hyderabad provides maintenance training to India’s burgeoning professional aviation maintenance workforce. Further commenting on Thursday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Managing Director – India, Ashmita Sethi said,
“Pratt & Whitney is committed to investing in the success of the aviation industry in India, and to build capabilities for high value services that will help airlines get the best from their next-generation products. These services based on deep knowledge and expertise of the manufacturer, once performed in India, will save customers the downtime, disruption and costs, by keeping GTF engines flying longer, and getting them back on the wing, sooner. We remain dedicated to providing world-class support to our customers and their operations today and into the future.”
Pratt & Whitney’s highly successful GTF engines were introduced in 2016 and have lived up to their promise of reducing fuel burn by 16 percent, noise footprint by 75 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent, compared to the regulatory standard. A division of United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs).
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