The Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Company (Shanghai Engine Center) has received certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to add maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for the V2500 engine to its aftermarket portfolio. Shanghai Engine Center is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp..

"V2500 engines power the popular Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft family. With more than 6,000 engines sold, we expect demand for the V2500 MRO to continue for the next seven to eight years. In anticipation of this demand, we have added this engine overhaul capability to our Shanghai Engine Center, which will complement our V2500 MRO capability in our engine center in Christchurch, New Zealand," said Brendon McWilliam, senior director, Aftermarket Operations - Asia-Pacific, Pratt & Whitney.

In August of this year, the facility completed its first V2500 engine overhaul, and expects to increase its output. It combines Pratt & Whitney's more than 90 years of technological prowess as a world-renowned engine OEM with China Eastern Airlines' operations to deliver dependable customer services.

"We are proud to receive the CAAC certification for V2500 engine overhauls. This marks an important milestone for the Shanghai Engine Center," said Kenny Yap, general manager, Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center. "The addition of V2500 engine overhaul to our portfolio demonstrates the ability of the Shanghai Engine Center to provide high-quality engine repair and overhaul services as well as our commitment to provide world-class service excellence. We have more than 300 skilled professionals to maintain engines to the stringent industry standards."

Operating from a 23,000-square-meter facility with an 80,000-pound thrust test cell and in-house component repair capability, the Shanghai Engine Center now provides MRO services for CFM56 and V2500 engines to customers worldwide.

The V2500 engine is offered through IAE International Aero Engines AG, a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines.