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Pratt & Whitney To Expand Asia GTF Capacity By Two-Thirds In 2024

Feb 29,2024

With the Singapore Airshow now getting down to business, RTX company Pratt & Whitney has released two significant announcements that will be music to the ears of every one of its geared turbofan (GTF) engine operators. On Monday, Pratt & Whitney officially opened a massive expansion of its Singapore engine services center and also announced a $20 million investment to grow manufacturing capacity in Singapore for GTF engine high-pressure turbine disks.

A 66% increase in GTF capacity in 2024

Pratt & Whitney has been in the news for all the wrong reasons despite its revolutionary GTF engines performing well beyond expectations and significantly cutting fuel usage and carbon emissions for airlines worldwide. The durability of certain parts has been the issue, and with engines coming off the wing earlier than expected, the pressure is on finding maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) capacity to do the required inspections and any remedial work needed.

Singapore-based Eagle Services Asia is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Company and a key part of the global GTF MRO network. Since the GTF powerplants were introduced in 2019, the ESA facility has completed more than 500 GTF engine overhauls, and with Airbus A320neo Family aircraft flooding into the Asia-Pacific region, it has many more ahead. The expansion at Eagle Services Asia (ESA) has added 48,000 square feet of space, allowing the MRO business to grow its GTF capacity by two-thirds in 2024. 

Pratt & Whitney vice president of Aftermarket Operations - Asia-Pacific and Turkiye Shang Meleschi said the expansion demonstrates P&W's commitment to building industrial capacity by investing in its strategic sites around the world to support customers.

More Singapore capacity to produce GTF HPT disks

Today, Pratt & Whitney announced it is investing $20 million to grow manufacturing for GTF engine high-pressure turbine (HPT) disks in Singapore. This capacity expansion will increase the facility's workforce by more than 10% over the next two years, although the gain in output is much greater.

The P&W Singapore facility produces 2,400 turbine disks annually, and by 2026, it is expected the expanded capacity will produce an additional 45% or more than 1,000 additional disks. The investment will also improve the facility's ability to take in raw materials, maintain inventory and keep production and deliveries running to schedule. Automation will be a major feature so that the plant can enhance productivity and operational efficiency and keep pace with the growing fleet of GTF engines.

The facility achieved full operational capability in June 2023 and is a key part of the supply chain of critical parts for GTF production, producing hybrid metallic fan blades and highly complex turbine components. It is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and Hanwha Aerospace and is the second P&W fan blade and HPT disk production facility in the world, playing a critical support role for customers in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

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