Engine Alliance Supersizes Superjumbo Service
Engine Alliance (EA) is adding two new engine overhaul centers to the GP7200 MRO network in Dubai and Singapore: Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC) and Pratt & Whitney Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd (ESA), respectively. These new facilities will add capacity to accommodate the growing fleet of GP7200 engines, as they begin to enter their first performance restoration shop visits.
"We're thrilled our work with EA now includes full overhaul capability in Dubai," said Iain Lachlan, divisional senior vice president at Emirates engineering. "The ability to perform maintenance work locally will translate to cost and time savings, allowing us to keep our A380 fleet running at the highest level of efficiency." EEMC has already completed 25 light engine repairs, and its first piece part overhaul is now underway.
"Our commitment to Emirates has never been stronger," said Dean Athans, president of Engine Alliance. "We are proud to power 90 Emirates A380s, and to partner with Emirates in the expansion of this important facility."
Engine Alliance is also expanding capability in Singapore. Previously a center of excellence for GP7200 low pressure compressor (LPC) overhauls, ESA will now become a full engine overhaul center.
"Pratt & Whitney is excited to launch the first GP7200 overhaul center in Asia," said Kevin Kirkpatrick, executive director, Aftermarket Operations, Asia, at Pratt & Whitney. "ESA makes perfect sense because of its multi-model flow lines. We don't need a dedicated line for each engine family. Instead, each line can handle multiple engine types. This means we can maximize capacity without completely redesigning the shop floor."
"We are especially pleased to share these announcements as we commemorate our 20th anniversary," added Athans. "EA continues to invest in the A380 by adding important overhaul capacity to the world-class shops already in place at GE Wales and Air France Industries. We're looking forward to many more years of A380 success for our customers."
Engine Alliance (EA) is a 50-50 joint venture of GE (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Revenue-sharing partners include MTU Aero Engines of Germany, SAFRAN Aero Boosters of Belgium and SAFRAN Aircraft Engines of France. EA manufactures and services the quietest, most reliable and most fuel-efficient powerplant for the A380, the GP7200.
Currently 115 EA-powered A380s are in operation around the globe: 81 with Emirates, ten with Air France, ten with Korean Air, six with Qatar Airways and eight with Etihad Airways. The EA-powered A380 fleet is supported by the world's largest network, with field service engineers available in more than 100 cities around the globe.