Pratt & Whitney news in brief

Iberia Maintenance joins GTF MRO network; IAE, Royal Jordanian in deal for V2500 engines; Pratt & Whitney Canada launches services hub and plans new post in Germany

Pratt & Whitney Maintenance joins GTF MRO network: Pratt & Whitney announced that it will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to include Iberia Maintenance, the maintenance and engineering division of Iberia Airlines. The Madrid-based facility will service PW1100G-JM engines for the A320neo family with full disassembly, assembly and test capability. With more than 10,000 engine orders and commitments from more than 90 customers, GTF engines now power more than 1,300 aircraft with 62 operators across three aircraft families. To keep pace with the growing fleet, the GTF MRO network continues to expand around the globe. Iberia Maintenance is the latest engine centre to be announced in Europe within the GTF MRO network, alongside MTU Aero Engines and two Lufthansa Technik facilities in Germany; EME Aero in Poland; OGMA in Portugal; and SR Technics in Switzerland. Iberia Maintenance is well known for its experience as a world-class aircraft engine repair facility and will further strengthen Pratt & Whitney GTF engine global customer support.

IAE, Royal Jordanian secure exclusive deal for V2500 engines: Pratt & Whitney announced that Royal Jordanian has agreed to a fixed price repair deal for their fleet of V2500 engines, powering as many as nine aircraft. The agreement represents 15 shop visits over three years, the first of which will be completed this month. The highly reliable and versatile V2500 engine is offered through IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE), a multinational aero engine consortium comprised of shareholders Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. Royal Jordanian (RJ) is the national carrier of Jordan since 1963, with a vision to be the Airline of Choice connecting Jordan and the Levant with the world. RJ runs its modern fleet of aircraft to reach worldwide destinations providing an extensive travel network for its guests via Amman to Europe, the US and Canada, North Africa and the Far East. RJ is one of the 14 international carriers of the oneworld alliance. Royal Jordanian’s cargo hub is strategically located in Amman, which provides the ideal location to easily access Europe, Asia, Africa, and anywhere in the Middle East. Since its entry into service in 1989, more than 7,800 V2500 engines have powered nearly 3,500 aircraft with approximately 150 operators in 80 countries. The average age of the fleet is only 12.8 years.  In total, the V2500 has powered more than 135 million flights and accumulated more than 250 million engine flight hours of experience. Pratt & Whitney and IAE provide enhanced services for the V2500 engine, including LLP solutions, new and serviceable material programs, engine swaps and more.

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches services hub: Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, announced the launch of its new self-serve digital tool called the Services Hub, designed to guide customers through the process of selecting the right P&WC maintenance services and solutions online based on their engine and aircraft model as well as lifecycle stage. With more than 70 different tailored aftermarket offerings to support the P&WC-powered flying population of over 66,000 engines in service, the Services Hub makes choosing engine maintenance solutions and services simple and easy. “The Services Hub is a part of the ongoing aftermarket digital transformation at P&WC to enhance the customer experience,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, P&WC. “With a growing portfolio of offerings that support every stage of the engine lifecycle, we continue to find ways to make finding the right maintenance solutions for customers’ engine and aircraft easy and seamless.” With this user-friendly self-serve digital tool newly launched on the company’s website, customers are guided through a series of brief, simple questions identifying the aircraft and engine model, as well as the engine’s total time since entering service. Based on this information, the Services Hub will then show the most applicable maintenance solutions and services tailored to the customer’s engine and lifecycle stage. The new Services Hub responds to aviation customers’ demands for self-serve capabilities and digital resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, using a variety of digital devices.

Pratt & Whitney Canada MRO to open in Germany: Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that a second maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for the PW800 engine will open in Germany in 2024 in cooperation with long-time collaborator MTU Aero Engines. “This is another way we are striving to meet the MRO needs of our customers around the globe,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service at Pratt & Whitney Canada. “We are delighted to be collaborating with MTU on this new MRO facility. We have been working with MTU for more than three decades and have collaborated on many projects, including on the development of the low-pressure turbine and high-pressure compressor for the PW800 engine.” The PW800 engine family is the most modern, efficient, and environmentally responsible engine in its class. It offers double-digit improvements in fuel burn, emissions and noise as compared to the current generation of engines. The PW800 engine powers the Gulfstream G500 and G600, which entered service in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and it was selected to power the G400. The engine also powers the Dassault Falcon 6X, which is expected to enter into service soon. This collaboration with MTU builds upon a P&WC $30 million investment in its Bridgeport, West Virginia, facility to create the first PW800 MRO.

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