The Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network opened its second operational facility in Japan, and its 11th worldwide, with the addition of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL), part of Japanese Aero Engine Corporation.

The shop has completed the full industrialisation processes, finished the necessary training, and is now ready to provide full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the A320neo family, bringing more immediate support for customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kevin Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Aftermarket Global Operations at Pratt & Whitney, said: “MHIAEL’s experience has already been demonstrated by their work supporting Pratt & Whitney’s PW4000 engine and the IAE V2500 engine. We are excited to be working with them in a larger capacity.”

“We are pleased to announce completion of the expansion work. As a member of the IAE network, we are ready and are excited to support the increasing demands of PW1100G-JM overhauls,” said Masanori Ushida, President and Chief Executive Officer at MHIAEL.

MHIAEL is one of several different facilities in Asia supporting GTF MRO development, alongside Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, IHI in Japan and MTU Maintenance Zhuhai in China.