Pratt & Whitney’s GTF MRO network expands in Japan with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries partnership

Pratt & Whitney and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines (MHIAEL) have announced a second operational GTF MRO facility in Japan.

MHIAEL, part of Japanese Aero Engine Corporation, has been a Pratt & Whitney maintenance partner since the Wasp engine and most recently the PW4000 and V2500 engines.

The company has inducted its first PW1100G-JM engine at its facility in Komaki, Japan. This is part of the overall expansion of its facility.

Having completed the industrialisation process, secured the required certifications, and finished the necessary training, the shop is ready 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 Pratt & Whitney’s vice president of aftermarket global operations Kevin Kirkpatrick.

“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.”

MHIAEL’s president and chief executive officer Masanori Ushida commented: “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.”

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