China Airlines MRO inducts first P&W GTF engine

A China Airlines A321neo in flight
Photo Credit: Airbus

China Airlines MRO facility has officially inducted its first Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine.

China Airlines joined the GTF MRO network in 2020, with its Engineering and Maintenance organization providing disassembly, assembly and test capability for the PW1100G-JM engine.

The PW1100G-JM

At the heart of this milestone lies the PW1100G-JM engine, a member of Pratt & Whitney’s GTF engine family.

This engine model powers Airbus A320neo family aircraft, known for their cutting-edge efficiency and performance.

China Airlines originally selected the GTF engine to equip 25 Airbus A321neo aircraft in 2019, and was supported by an EngineWise® Maintenance long-term agreement.

A Pratt & Whitney GTF engine in service at Air France KLM Engineering workshop.
Pratt & Whitney and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Photo Credit: Raytheon Technologies


Presently, China Airlines operates ten of these A321neo aircraft, with an additional order for up to fifteen more.

The induction of the first GTF engine at their Taiwan-based facility is not just a ceremonial gesture; it signifies their dedication to advancing their capabilities and staying at the forefront of aviation technology.

Jung-Hui Lee, Vice President at China Airlines, spoke of the relevance of the achievement during the celebratory ceremony, stating,

“The GTF engine is one of the industry’s most fuel-efficient engines, and we’re confident that it will pave the way towards a more sustainable future.”

“We look forward to growing our capabilities with today’s most advanced technology to be ready to meet the needs of current and future operators, many of them here in Asia.”

A Long-Standing Partnership

Pratt & Whitney’s journey with China Airlines dates back over six decades, to the era of their Twin Wasp engines. This enduring partnership has seen both companies evolve and thrive in the aviation sector.

Marc Meredith, Vice President of GTF Engines Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney, emphasized their commitment to expanding the GTF MRO network’s capabilities.

Pratt & Whitney’s 2023 announcement of three facility expansions and three shop activations across the GTF MRO network underscores their dedication to supporting their partners.

By 2025, they expect to have 19 GTF MRO shops online, further enhancing their global presence.

Network in Asia-Pacific

China Airlines’ induction marks the 14th active location and the sixth in Asia-Pacific for PW1100G-JM overhaul.

This network expansion includes key players like Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, IHI and MHI in Japan, and MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Ameco Beijing in China.

The GTF MRO network is an integral part of Pratt & Whitney EngineWise® solutions, offering operators a range of aftermarket services aimed at delivering long-term, sustainable value.

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