The US-based aircraft engine manufacture Pratt & Whitney(P&W), a division of United Technologies Corp. assigned AIESL ( Air India Engineering Service Limited) to maintain the company’s geared turbofan (GTF) engines in India. Pratt & Whitney.
Air India Engineering Services Limited, a subsidiary company of Air India Limited comprises of Aircraft Maintenance (Line and Base Maintenance), Preventive Maintenance, Alterations or required Inspections, the overhaul of aero engines and components and accessories and specialized services NDT, etc.
P&W has around 150 GTF-powered A320 neo family aircraft in India and most of them are operating by IndiGo & GoAir airlines. Although, these planes were struggling snags for the last four years.
P&W has already a tie-up with Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) for the maintenance of its Boeing 747-series aircraft’s 4056 engine model.
Joe Sylvestro, vice president of Aftermarket Operations at Pratt & Whitney said :
As the demand for air travel grows in India, we look forward to furthering the growth of Indian aviation. With AIESL performing maintenance on our high-tech GTF engines, we are excited to strengthen our global MRO capacity and capabilities for customers on the ground in India.
The partnership with AIESL’s will be put in place in a phased manner, starting with engine upgrade and module exchange capabilities as immediate support of the GTF fleet in India. The facility has already received its first GTF engine.
HR Jagannath, CEO of AIESL said :
It’s an exciting time for us as we prepare for the GTF engine. AIESL has been engaged in providing engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to Air India and other operators for over 50 years now.
Our association with Pratt & Whitney goes back a long time as well. The GTF engine provides us with the opportunity to showcase our capabilities and establish AIESL as one of the premier engine MROs in Asia.
Ashmita Sethi, managing director of India for Pratt & Whitney said
Pratt & Whitney is committed to investing in the success of the aviation industry in India, and to build capabilities for high value services that will help airlines get the best from their next-generation products.
These services based on deep knowledge and expertise of the manufacturer, once performed in India, will save customers the downtime, disruption and costs, by keeping GTF engines flying longer, and getting them back on the wing, sooner.
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