The Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) is taking the market by storm: airlines around the world have already ordered more than 8,000 of these energy-efficient propulsion systems. MTU Aero Engines works in partnership with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) on the PW1000G engine series, which five major aircraft manufacturers have selected for new aircraft programs. To offer customers the same high standards of quality, efficiency and innovation in the repair and maintenance of the engines, P&W is joining forces with its partners to set up a global network for PW1000G aftermarket services.
“The network offers the full range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for PW1000G engines,” says Dr. Christian Winkler, Program Manager PW1100G-JM and PW1400G-JM at MTU. In 2015, P&W, MTU and Japanese Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC) signed a cooperation agreement formalizing their agreement to collaborate on maintenance services for the PW1100G-JM—the engine powering the A320neo—through the International Aero Engines (IAE) LLC joint venture.
Thanks to the MRO network for GTF engines, customers will have access to shops with available capacities that provide expert, high-quality services performed by experienced personnel. Every shop offers the same high level of expertise in disassembly, assembly and testing. “We guarantee consistently high quality standards across all facilities,” says Dr. Rainer Fink, Aftermarket Manager PW1100G-JM at MTU. The top priority for each repair shop in the network is ensuring quick turnaround times and punctual delivery of the engines. “Each shop specializes in certain repair techniques, which means that components in need of repair are always in the hands of the experts best qualified for the job.”