Pratt & Whitney and AVIC form engine MRO joint venture

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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and China Aviation Engine Holdings Corporation (AVIC Engine) have formed a new maintenance, repair and overhaul joint venture in Zhuzhou, China.

AVIC Engine's subsidiary General Aviation Engine Company (GAEC) will own 75%, and Pratt & Whitney parent United Technologies' subsidiary, United Technologies Far East, will own 25%, the companies said in a statement.

The joint venture, Zhuzhou Tonghui Aero Engine Maintenance Company (AEMC), will provide in-country MRO services for PT6A and PW100 series engines installed on civil turboprop aircraft in China.

AEMC will also provide MRO services for both engine types on Chinese manufactured aircraft that operate in the Asia Pacific.

There are some 180 PT6A and PW100 engines powering the Harbin Aircraft Y-12 and Xian Aircraft MA60/600 turboprop aircraft, said the companies.

The new company's capability will be created in phases. It will start with line maintenance, followed by heavy maintenance and, finally, overhaul.

The joint venture agreement is for 25 years, with an option for renewal.