Pratt & Whitney has added MTU Maintenance Zhuhai to its global network of providers that maintain the GTF engine.

    MTU Maintenance Zhuhai is a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airline Company. It will provide engine maintenance for PW1100G-JM engines for the A320neo family, and becomes the second facility in China and fifth in Asia supporting GTF MRO work. AMECO is the other China-based company in the network.

    The Zhuhai facility will be MTU’s third to serve engines with full disassembly, assembly and test capability in the GTF network.

    “With MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, we welcome a highly experienced maintenance provider who will provide our customers in the region with outstanding service and support,” said Pratt & Whitney vice president, commercial aftermarket Dave Emmerling.

    MTU Maintenance Zhuhai president and CEO Jaap Beijer commented: “MTU and Pratt & Whitney’s long-standing relationship is further expanded with the addition of the Zhuhai shop to the GTF MRO network.

    “MTU Aero Engines is a risk and revenue sharing partner in the GTF programme and has contributed to the game-changing technology that has pushed the boundaries of aviation. We look forward to leveraging the expertise within the MTU network and supporting GTF customers in China and beyond.”

    Pratt & Whitney chief commercial officer Rick Deurloo noted the “strong, storied history” the company had with MTU and China Southern. He said: “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 GTF engine. We look forward to continuing to support GTF customers in China.”