PARIS AIRSHOW, Le Bourget: Pratt & Whitney is widening its global network of providers that maintain the company’s revolutionary PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines to include Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (Pratt & Whitney Singapore Engine Center).
The Singapore Engine Center will become one of Pratt & Whitney’s industry leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) providers alongside the OEM Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and Lufthansa Technik.
“Asia is home to a large base of carriers that will fly GTF-powered A320neo aircraft,” said Kevin Kirkpatrick, executive director, Aftermarket Operations – Asia Pacific. “Expanding the MRO network to support customers in this region is a strategic decision for us.”
“We welcome Pratt & Whitney’s investment in Singapore to perform maintenance of its advanced GTF engines,” said Tan Kong Hwee, director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board. “This addition underscores Singapore’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a location for aerospace MRO activities, and our strong partnership with OEMs such as Pratt & Whitney.”
The Pratt & Whitney Singapore Engine Center will provide engine maintenance for the PW1100G-JM. An estimated capital investment of nearly US$85 million will outfit the facility with advanced capabilities such as an environment control system and an engine flow line system. Pratt & Whitney expects modifications to the facility to start in 2018, and GTF engine service to commence in 2019.
“The addition of GTF engine capability into our Singapore engine overhaul center complements our current ability to support the existing PW4000 engine fleet,” Kirkpatrick said. “For example, we will be upgrading the test cell, which will in turn improve productivity, reduce set up time and boost efficiency across operations. Our current customers of PW4000 engines will benefit from these enhanced technologies.”