Pratt & Whitney has added Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL) to its GTF engine maintenance network.

The recent start of work on a GTF at MHIAEL’s Komaki plant means Pratt & Whitney has a “second operational facility” in Japan and 11 worldwide.

“The shop is ready to provide full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the A320neo family, bringing more immediate support for customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” the Raytheon-owned Pratt & Whitney announced.

“We are constantly evaluating the size and shape of the GTF MRO network to ensure that it can support the growing fleet and customer demand for aftermarket service anywhere in the world. Since 2019, the number of shops in the network has doubled,” said Kevin Kirkpatrick, vice president of after-market global operations at Pratt & Whitney.

MHIAEL, which is part of Japanese Aero Engine Corporation,  has in the past worked with Pratt & Whitney on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the Wasp, PW4000 and V2500 engines.

“We are ready and are excited to support the increasing demands of PW1100G-JM overhauls,” said Masanori Ushida, president & chief executive officer at MHIAEL.