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MHI’s Engine Unit Joins PW1100G MRO Operation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines will join the aftermarket operation for the A320neo engine option and look to grow MRO business as demand for the narrowbody picks up.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, the engine entity of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is to join the MRO operations for the International Aero Engines developed PW1100G-JM engine.

The company, based in Aichi Prefecture, announced the agreement with IAE on Monday (Nov. 26), signed through Japan Aero Engines Corporation (JAEC), one of three IAE member companies alongside U.S. engine giant Pratt & Whitney and German engine specialist MTU Aero Engines.

Since 2012, Mitsubishi’s engine business has overseen production of combustor parts and assembly of combustor modules for the PW1100G, which entered into service in early 2016 with launch customer Lufthansa.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine already possesses capability for the V2500 engine type found on the classic variants of the A320. Its engine offerings also include services for the PW4000 found on the Boeing 747 and 767.

The majority of the world’s in-service A320neo fleet, which stands at more than 500 according to Airbus data, is powered by the rival LEAP engine operation made by CFM International.

2018 has been a challenging year for the PW1100G, with a series of technical issues stunting the growth of the program. Earlier this year, European regulator EASA grounded some of the PW1100G-powered A320neo aircraft due to issues around the engine’s knife edge seal, found on around 100 aircraft. However, Pratt & Whitney stated last month that despite parts problems with the geared turbofan family, it expects to hit its 2018 delivery target over the 12-month period.

With a 2019 date earmarked for fixes to be completed, the engine’s developers remain positive about the long-term prospects of the PW1100G program. This view is supported by Aviation Week forecast data, which projects more than 5,500 deliveries of the engine type from 2019 through to 2028.

With the likes of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engine eyeing growth in MRO work, the PW1100G aftermarket is also expected to see a surge, with Aviation Week predicting a 31% climb over a ten-year period.

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