Pratt & Whitney's Singapore facility will achieve MRO capabilities for the GTF engines by the end of 2018.
Operated as Eagles Services Asia (ESA), a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Co., the company invested $85 million in facility upgrades.
Speaking to the media at the sidelines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) general assembly, Pratt & Whitney deputy vice president for Asia Pacific sales Jeffrey Minor said Pratt & Whitney aims to achieve a 300% increase in the GTF shop visit rate across eight service centre globally by 2020. Currently, there are five locations worldwide and only IHI Engineering in Japan provides such services in Asia, for the Airbus A320neo PW1100G-JM turbofan. ESA will also begin GTF MRO services for the same engine type.
Delta TechOps in Atlanta, and Engine Maintenance Europe (EME) Aero in Jasionka, Poland, will be the other two new facilities with GTF MRO capabilities.
In Southeast Asia, A320neo users include AirAsia, Citilink and more recently, Scoot.
Minor said Pratt is working towards a GTF Gen 2 engine; an ultra-high bypass (UHB) engine for the next generation of narrowbody aircraft from the various manufacturers. He estimates the project to come to fruition in about 10 years.