Portugal-based MRO OGMA has become an authorised maintenance centre for Pratt & Whitney engines.

    OGMA, an Embraer Group Company, recently formalised a contract with Pratt & Whitney.

    An industrialisation and training project to carry out the maintenance of Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) PW1100G-JM engines is scheduled to start in 2021, and is expected to develop over the next two decades.

    OGMA said it would invest €74 million in the project, mostly in the first four years. The company called it a “strategic step that allows it to broaden its scope of activity in the area of engine maintenance and to achieve new business over the next decades”.

    The MRO company anticipates a tripling of turnover to reach €600 million annually.

    “This is a historic milestone for OGMA, a company with more than 100 years of existence,” said OGMA’s CEO Alexandre Solis. “By earning the trust of Pratt & Whitney, we are proving the expertise and experience of our teams, but we are also enabling OGMA to continue with a lasting operation in the coming decades. We are motivated and eager to start this relationship with Pratt & Whitney.”

    Pratt & Whitney’ vice president, commercial aftermarket Dave Emmerling commented: “We are excited to welcome OGMA to the GTF MRO network.

    “With OGMA, we add a highly capable maintenance provider with a long history of engine overhaul experience. As the GTF fleet continues to grow, the network will be ready to support our expanding global customer base.”

    Embraer Services & Support’s president and CEO Johann Bordais added: “This contract is a demonstration of OGMA’s high level of expertise and competence in the maintenance of aircraft engines and represents an opportunity for the Embraer group to expand its business in providing services to other manufacturers in the international market. In line with Embraer’s new strategy, it is a diversification of the businesses that will result in the growth of the Services & Support area in the coming years.”