Pratt & Whitney announced that it will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to include MTU Maintenance Zhuhai. A joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will provide engine maintenance for PW1100G-JM engines for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft. The Zhuhai facility will be MTU’s third facility to serve engines with full disassembly, assembly and test capability in the GTF MRO network.
MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will become the second facility in China and fifth in Asia supporting GTF MRO work, alongside 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 fleets, powering 11 airlines with 140 A320neo family aircraft in operation. Pratt & Whitney has a long history in China, dating back more than 90 years.
“We have a strong, storied history with MTU and China Southern,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “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.”