• Joe Breitfeller

Pratt & Whitney Adds Second GTF MRO Shop in China With MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Limited

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Ltd. is a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company Limited and will become the second FTF MRO shop in China. The company will provide maintenance for PW1100G-JM engines for the A320neo.

Pratt & Whitney Adds Second GTF MRO Shop in China - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Thursday (December 3, 2020), Pratt & Whitney announced the addition of a second GTF MRO shop in China. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Ltd., a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company, will service Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM engines for the Airbus A320neo Family of aircraft. The Zhuhai facility will become MTU’s third location to service engines with full disassembly, assembly and testing capability in the GTF MRO network. In Thursday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President – Commercial Aftermarket, Dave Emmerling, said,

“We, along with our colleagues at International Aero Engines, LLC, are excited to expand our world-class global MRO network by continuing to add capacity to service our growing GTF fleet. With MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, we welcome a highly experienced maintenance provider who will provide our customers in region with outstanding service and support.”

Also commenting on Thursday’s announcement, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai’s President and CEO, Jaap Beijer, added,

“MTU and Pratt & Whitney’s long-standing relationship is further expanded with the addition of the Zhuhai shop to the GTF MRO network. MTU Aero Engines is a risk and revenue sharing partner in the GTF program and has contributed to the game-changing technology that has pushed the boundaries of aviation. We look forward to leveraging the expertise within the MTU network and supporting GTF customers in China and beyond.”

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will become the second GTF MRO maintenance provider and the fifth in Asia along with AMECO in China, Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, as well as IHI and MHIAEL in Japan. China is home to one of the largest GTF-powered fleets in the world which includes 11 airlines operating 140 A320neo Family aircraft.

Further commenting on the establishment of the new GTF MRO, Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Commercial Officer, Rick Deurloo, said,

“We have a strong, storied history with MTU and China Southern. Pratt & Whitney has powered China Southern for many years and they were the first mainland Chinese airline to take delivery of an Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by the game-changing GTF engine. We look forward to continuing to support GTF customers in China.”

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

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