Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center Delivers 100th Overhauled Engine to Shanghai Airlines
SHANGHAI, China, Thursday, December 15, 2011
Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners' Shanghai Engine Center today delivered its 100th overhauled CFM56® engine to Shanghai Airlines. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"This engine delivery to Shanghai Airlines marks a new milestone for the Shanghai Engine Center," said Tom Hutton, Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners vice president. "The Shanghai Engine Center has achieved proven record of service excellence while rapidly expanding its customer base to the third-party airlines and overseas airlines in the Asia Pacific region."
"We are pleased to offer the Shanghai Engine Center's capabilities to Shanghai Airlines," said Li Yangmin, China Eastern Airlines' Party Committee Secretary and Shanghai Engine Center Board Chairman. "The engine was delivered within 65 days and further solidifies our commitment to providing our customers world-class services with high quality and efficiency at competitive costs."
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-feet) 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 Shanghai Airlines has given us to provide them with MRO services," said Aki Nakano, president, Pratt & Whitney China Commercial Engines & Global Services. "Shanghai Engine Center has provided services to the third party customers both in China and in the Asia Pacific region. We're confident the Shanghai Engine Center's strategic positioning will continue to increase our presence in China's MRO market, as well as in the region. We're also ready to expand our service capabilities to include both CFM56® and IAE V2500® engines in 2013."
Established in 1985, Shanghai Airlines is the first commercial airline in China. It has a fleet of 62 aircraft, serving more than 140 domestic and international destinations. Shanghai Airlines entered the merger with China Eastern Airlines in 2009 and the consolidation has strengthened Shanghai's position as an international aviation hub. "We're glad to benefit from the professional services that are provided by Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center," said Cheng Guowei, Shanghai Airlines deputy general manager. "Their efficiency helped us reduce the lead time and enable us to minimize the service cost."
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.