Pratt & Whitney is increasing maintenance capacity for its PW1000G geared turbofan.

The US manufacturer says eight service centres will be available by 2020 for the engine family, which has been affected by several technical issues since it entered service in 2016.

Today, the PW1100G – an option for Airbus A320neo family jets – is serviced at the manufacturer’s Columbus Engine Center in US state Georgia, by programme partners Japanese Aero Engines and MTU, and by MRO provider Lufthansa Technik .

P&W’s shop additionally supports PW1500Gs and PW1900Gs, which power Airbus A220s and Embraer E2 E-Jets, respectively

Delta TechOps has been recently recruited as a network partner to service PW1100Gs and PW1500Gs.

LHT and MTU support PW1100Gs at their respective facilities in Hamburg and Hannover in Germany. The two companies are in the process of building a jointly owned overhaul shop near Polish city Rzeszow. This is scheduled to become operational in 2020 and will additionally support PW1500Gs and PW1900Gs.

P&W information shows that LHT’s regional engine shop in German town Alzey will also service PW1500Gs.

The engine maker previously disclosed that its Eagle Services Asia overhaul shop in Singapore will service PW1100Gs and PW1500Gs from 2019.

P&W vice-president engines services Eva Azoulay states: "We are focused on ensuring the GTF engine operates at the highest level of performance and reliability throughout the life of the engine."