Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center Delivers First Overhauled Engine to Overseas Customer
SHANGHAI, China, Thursday, September 8, 2011
Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners' Shanghai Engine Center recently delivered its first overhauled CFM56® engine to Jetstar Pacific Airlines. The engine is the first the Shanghai Engine Center has delivered to an overseas customer in the Asia Pacific region. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"This engine delivery to Jetstar Pacific Airlines is significant achievement for the Shanghai Engine Center, as it is the facility's first heavy engine overhaul delivery to a third-party customer," said Tom Hutton, Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners vice president. "The engine was delivered with improved performance within 57 days and further solidifies our commitment to provide our customers world-class services with high quality and efficiency at a competitive cost."
"We are pleased to offer the Shanghai Engine Center's capabilities to other customers in the Asia Pacific region," said Li Yangmin, China Eastern Airlines' Party Committee secretary and Shanghai Engine Center board chairman. "Being able to grow the Shanghai Engine Center's customer base is further proof of our facility's commitment to high quality engine overhauls at competitive cost and turnaround times."
The Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners Shanghai Engine Center is a state-of-the art facility with extensive part repair capacity that helps reduce engine overhaul costs and turnaround times. Pratt & Whitney, together with joint venture partner China Eastern Airlines, opened the high-technology and environmentally efficient facility in 2009. It is Pratt & Whitney's first engine center in China and is part of the company's Global Service Partners network providing engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to customers worldwide. The approximately 23,000 square-meter (250,000 square-foot) facility meets the Platinum standards of the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system.
"We appreciate the opportunity Jetstar Pacific Airlines has given us to provide them with MRO services," said Aki Nakano, president, Pratt & Whitney China Commercial Engines & Global Services. "The engine delivery to Jetstar Pacific Airlines indicates a new milestone for the Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners Shanghai Engine Center. We're confident the Shanghai Engine Center's strategic positioning will continue to increase our presence in China's MRO segment, as well as in the Asia Pacific region."
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Jetstar Pacific Airlines is Vietnam's first low-cost carrier. It is a joint venture airline of Pacific Airlines of Vietnam and Jetstar Australia.
Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners is a total service provider for engines made by Pratt & Whitney, International Aero Engines, General Electric, Rolls-Royce and CFMI. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines.
United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.