The GTF MRO Network: Servicing the Industry’s Most Advanced, Commercial Engine

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine is revolutionizing modern flight, offering one of the most fuel efficient and sustainable engines in its class. Operators recognize the unique benefits of the GTF engine - the PurePower engine family has engine orders, including options and unannounced orders, from more than 80 customers in 30 countries.

Just as Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engines are entering the market at a rapid rate, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capacity is being developed to support the volume. GTF engines will be maintained by a network of the industry’s top MRO companies, including Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines (MTU), Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT). The network will seek to offer the lowest maintenance cost and turn-around-time with world class quality.

“Operators can expect the highest level of aftermarket support from the GTF MRO network providers,” said Eva Azoulay, vice president, Engine Services, Pratt & Whitney. “Facilities strategically located around the globe are quickly becoming tooled, trained and ready to support airlines with a variety of aftermarket services resulting in long-term, sustainable value for operators.”

This network includes top MRO companies that aim to provide the highest quality maintenance support for GTF engines and are focused on ensuring that each facility has the necessary systems and processes in place for success. Network participants meet face-to-face twice a year to share lessons learned across the organizations, drive faster learning through the network and enable faster capacity ramp.

The Engine Services Operations Center, located at Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters in Connecticut, serves as a hub for Aftermarket network activity and allows for a bird’s eye view into all the shops in the network and the various MRO activities occurring at each facility at any given time. Resident center managers located at each overhaul facility provide additional on-site support to ensure GTF MRO success across the network.

The network has seen tremendous growth with the opening of engine overhaul shops on three continents. In 2016, Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus Engine Center in Columbus, Georgia, USA, became the first GTF MRO facility to maintain PW1000G engines. MTU has established MRO capability at its Hannover, Germany, facility and has been maintaining PW1100G-JM engines since 2016. JAEC began maintaining PW1000G engines at IHI’s Mizuho, Japan, facility in June and LHT’s Hamburg, Germany, facility began servicing engines in September. Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia facility in Singapore expects GTF engine service to commence in 2019.

Over time, as the volume of overhauls increases, the network is expected to expand to include airlines and other MRO shops.