Pratt & Whitney announce new Japan MRO center
The facility is the second in Japan, and 11th worldwide, to be approved for work on the company’s GTF engine
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) have announced Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Limited (MHIAEL) as its second approved maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for the GTF engine in Japan.
MHIAEL is also the 11th approved MRO site for the engine worldwide. P&W said that the company had been a ‘maintenance partner since the Wasp engine, and most recently the PW4000 and V2500 engines’.
P&W also stated that MHIAEL has now ‘completed the industrialization process, secured the required certifications, and finished the necessary training’ to provide ‘full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the A320neo family, bringing more immediate support for customers in the Asia-Pacific region’.
“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,” said Kevin Kirkpatrick, P&W’s Vice President of Aftermarket Global Operations.
East Asia is a growing market for aviation firms such as P&W. The company also announced plans in September to establish a ‘technology accelerator’ in Singapore.