China Airlines has inducted its first Pratt & Whitney GTF engine, which powers Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

China Airlines joined the GTF MRO network in 2020, with its engineering and maintenance organisation providing disassembly, assembly and test capability for the PW1100G-JM engine, the GTF model that powers Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

In 2019, China Airlines selected the GTF engine to power 25 Airbus A321neo aircraft, along with an EngineWise Maintenance long-term agreement for engine MRO.

The airline currently operates 10 of these aircraft, with up to an additional 15 on order.

“With the induction of our first GTF engine, we continue to build upon our longstanding relationship with Pratt & Whitney,” said Jung-Hui Lee, the airline’s vice president.

“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.”

China Airlines MRO capabilities

“We are aggressively pursuing strategic collaborations to grow GTF MRO network capabilities,” said Marc Meredith, vice president, GTF Engines Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney.

“Our relationship with China Airlines dates back more than six decades, when they began operating aircraft powered by our Twin Wasp engines.”

In 2023, Pratt & Whitney, a leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units, announced three facility expansions and three shop activations across the GTF MRO network, which has more than doubled in size in four years.

By 2025, the company expects to have 19 GTF MRO shops online.

The network is part of Pratt & Whitney EngineWise solutions, which provide operators with a variety of aftermarket services resulting in long-term, sustainable value.
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