The second in Pratt & Whtney’s CFM56 engine maintenance centers is about to open.
With its facility in Norway already running and growing beyond the current 100 shop visits a year, Shanghai will open as a second facility in the next 24 hours, Thomas Hutton, Pratt’s vice president for Global Repair Services tells the MRO Europe symposium in Hamburg.
The Shanghai business is a joint venture that Pratt has established with China Eastern. The site will be larger than Norway and handle a greater number of turbofans.
More growth is planned still before year end. That’s when Pratt and joint venture partner Turkish Technic are slated to open a third CFM56 engine maintenance facility.
Plans for the Shanghai facility were announced in 2006 as part of Pratt securing a 15-year maintenance deal for China Eastern CFM56 engines. The site will do work on -3, -5B, and -7 models.
The growth in those businesses comes even as Pratt is restructuring its support services business, shifting work between facilities as it closes down some because of the downturn in the global aviation market. The site closures are necessary to keep the company’s cost structure competitive, Hutton says.