Shanghai Engine Center Delivers First Heavy CFM56® Engine Overhaul
The Shanghai Engine Center, a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and China Eastern Airlines, delivered its first heavy overhauled CFM56® engine. The new center has capacity to overhaul up to 300 engines annually and is one of the largest CFM56 engine overhaul shops in Asia.
"It is exciting to deliver this first engine and have it returned to service," said Shanghai Engine Center General Manager Chan Kwai Wan. "As we begin increasing volume in the shop, we invite operators to visit our overhaul center to see its advanced capabilities and unrivaled facility features."
The Shanghai Engine Center is the first facility in China to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The center comprises approximately 25,000 sq. meters (275,000 sq. feet) and features a 10-meter test cell with capability of testing engines up to 75,000 pounds of thrust. The center has an advanced information technology infrastructure that assists with materials, inventory, cost and quality and scheduling.
China Eastern Airlines Holding Company was established in April, 1995. It was listed in Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai stock exchange in 1997 and has ever since grown into one of the three largest carriers in China with the advanced fleet of 250 mid- to large-passenger aircraft and 11 freighter aircraft. China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd., the global partner for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, is the exclusive official passenger carrier for the expo. China Eastern Airlines is the largest operator of CFM56® engines in the Asia-Pacific region.
Pratt & Whitney, through its Global Service Partners (GSP) network, is a total service provider for Pratt & Whitney, International Aero Engines, General Electric, Rolls-Royce and CFMI engines. In addition to engine overhaul and repair services, GSP provides customers improved engine performance and increased asset value through a broad portfolio of services including line maintenance, engine monitoring and diagnostics, environmentally friendly on-wing water washes, leased engines, custom engine service programs and new and repaired parts.