- Joe Breitfeller
AMECO Becomes First Pratt & Whitney Global Network GTF MRO Shop in China
Updated: Sep 25, 2020
Pratt & Whitney announced on Wednesday that the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco) will become China’s first GTF MRO shop. Ameco is a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa.
On Wednesday (September 23, 2020), Pratt & Whitney announced that Ameco will become the first Chinese MRO to join the company’s GTFTM global network. Ameco (Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation) is a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa. The firm will build state-of-the art capabilities at their Beijing facility to provide engine maintenance for the PW1100-JM. In Wednesday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President – Commercial Aftermarket, Dave Emmerling, said,
“We, along with our colleagues at International Aero Engines, LLC, are focused on adding world-class capacity to continue to service our GTF customers as the engine fleet continues to grow and we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. With Ameco, we welcome an experienced and capable provider that is willing to invest and grow with the network. Ameco’s facility will become the first GTF MRO network shop in China, marking a significant milestone as we continue to support our growing fleet and customers in the region.”
Ameco will become the fourth Asian facility supporting GTF MRO work. China is home to one of the largest GTF fleets in the world powering 140 A320neo Family Aircraft with 11 airlines. Also commenting on Wednesday’s announcement, Ameco’s Chairman of the Board, Ni Jiliang, added,
“Ameco has a long-term and stable relationship with Pratt & Whitney for many years. Pratt & Whitney’s high-quality products are highly matched with Ameco’s brand core value that is professional, exquisite and efficient. Pratt & Whitney’s game-changing technology of the GTF engine is perfectly in line with Ameco’s corporate concept. All of these will lay a strong foundation for our long-term cooperation. We look forward to expanding the relationship with Pratt & Whitney and further setting a model of MRO and OEM cooperation.”
Pratt & Whitney’s history in China dates back over 90 years and the company’s relationship with Ameco can be traced back to the 1980’s with the JT3D, JT8D and JT9D engine types. In 1994, Ameco began providing MRO services for PW4000 engines and was approved as a repair station for V2500 engine services in 2015.
A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine. In 2020, the company is celebrating their 95th year in business.
Source: Pratt & Whitney