Pratt & Whitney announced the expansion of its global network of providers to maintain the company’s revolutionary PurePower® Geared Turbofan™(GTF) engines to include Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd (ESA) in Singapore.
ESA, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Company established in 1998, will invest US$85 million (S$118 million) to upgrade its facility to ready itself to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on the GTF engines. Modifications to the facility are expected to start in 2018, and GTF engine service to commence in 2019.
It will become one of Pratt & Whitney's industry leading providers for MRO located around the world that deliver high quality maintenance support to GTF engine operators including Pratt & Whitney, MTU Aero Engines, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and Lufthansa Technik.
"Asia is home to a large base of carriers that will fly GTF-powered A320neo aircraft," said Kevin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Aftermarket Operations – Asia Pacific, Pratt & Whitney. "Expanding the MRO network to support customers in this region is a strategic decision for us."
"We welcome Pratt & Whitney's investment in Singapore to perform maintenance of its advanced GTF engines," said Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board. "This addition underscores Singapore's competitiveness and attractiveness as a location for aerospace MRO activities, and our strong partnership with OEMs such as Pratt & Whitney. The new capabilities that our engineers will acquire will strengthen our leadership position in MRO within the region."