Pratt & Whitney announced that it will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to include Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation (Ameco). Ameco, a joint venture between Air China Limited and Lufthansa German Airlines, will provide engine maintenance for the PW1100G-JM by building state-of-the-art capability at its Beijing-based facility.
“We, along with our colleagues at International Aero Engines, LLC, are focused on adding world-class capacity to continue to service our GTF customers as the engine fleet continues to grow and we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Dave Emmerling, vice president, Commercial Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney. “With Ameco, we welcome an experienced and capable provider that is willing to invest and grow with the network. Ameco’s facility will become the first GTF MRO network shop in China, marking a significant milestone as we continue to support our growing fleet and customers in the region.”
“Ameco has a long-term and stable relationship with Pratt & Whitney for many years,” said Ni Jiliang, Chairman of the BoD at Ameco. “Pratt & Whitney’s high-quality products are highly matched with Ameco’s brand core value that is professional, exquisite and efficient. Pratt & Whitney’s game-changing technology of the GTF engine is perfectly in line with Ameco’s corporate concept. All of these will lay a strong foundation for our long-term cooperation. We look forward to expanding the relationship with Pratt & Whitney and further setting a model of MRO and OEM cooperation.”
The Ameco shop will become the fourth facility in Asia supporting GTF MRO work, alongside Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, as well as IHI and MHIAEL in Japan. China is home to one of the largest GTF fleets, powering 11 airlines with 140 A320neo family aircraft in operation. Pratt & Whitney has a long history in China, dating back more than 90 years. The relationship with Ameco traces back to the JT3D, JT8D and JT9D engine types in the 1980s. Ameco later began providing PW4000 engine MRO service in 1994, and came on as an approved repair station in 2015 to provide V2500 engine services.
“We value our long standing relationships with Air China and Ameco,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “Our relationship with Air China extends back to the JT3D-powered 707. The airline currently operates a fleet of 35 GTF-powered A320neo family aircraft. Together, we are committed to continuing this expansion of support offerings in the region.”
Source: Pratt & Whitney