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Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Announce Second GTF MRO in Japan

The Pratt & Whitney GTF™ MRO Network welcomed their second operational facility in Japan this week with the addition of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines. The Japanese MRO has inducted their first PW1100G-JM engine at their facility in Komaki, Japan.

Pratt & Whitney GTF Engine Rendering - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Thursday (March 9, 2023), Pratt & Whitney announced the addition of their second operational GTF™ MRO facility in Japan and the 11th worldwide. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL), part of Japanese Aero Engine Corporation, has inducted their first PW1100G-JM engine at their facility in Komaki, Japan. MHIAEL has been a Pratt & Whitney maintenance partner since the Wasp engine, and most recently for the PW4000 and V2500 engines. With the industrialization process completed, certifications obtained and the necessary training completed, MHIAEL is now ready to provide full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the A320neo Family.

In Thursday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President – Aftermarket Global Operations, Kevin Kirkpatrick, said,

“We are constantly evaluating the size and shape of the GTF MRO network to ensure that it can support the growing fleet and customer demand for aftermarket service anywhere in the world. Since 2019, the number of shops in the network has doubled. MHIAEL’s experience has already been demonstrated by their work supporting Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 engine and the IAE V2500 engine. We are excited to be working with them in a larger capacity.”

Also commenting on their new GTF MRO capability, MHIAEL’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Masanori Ushida, added,

“We are pleased to announce completion of the expansion work. As a member of IAE network, we are ready and are excited to support the increasing demands of PW1100G-JM overhauls.”

MHIAEL now joins several other facilities in Asia supporting GTF MRO work, including Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, IHI Japan, and MTU Maintenance Zhuhai in China. China is home to one of the largest GTF fleets in the world, with 11 airlines operating over 200 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft.

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.

Source: Pratt & Whitney


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