Pratt andamp; Whitney and Delta Tech0ps unveiled a new, larger Tech0ps engine overhaul facility. The new facility is dedicated to the Pratt andamp; Whitney GTF engine MRO network.
The GTF engine hit a major milestone in January when Pratt andamp; Whitney announced it has saved one billion gallons of fuel and 10 million metric tons of carbon emissions since it entered into service.RELATED STORY:Pratt andamp; Whitney hits milestone for GTF engines
The facility in Atlanta is 155,000 square feet and will house disassembly, assembly and test capability for the engines that power Airbus A220 and A320neo family aircraft. The unveiling was attended by leadership from both Pratt andamp; Whitney and Delta. Commissioner Pat Wilson from the Georgia Department of Economic Development was also in attendance, as well as media and employees.
"As both a customer and a member of our GTF MRO network, our relationship with Delta is one underpinned by transparency, teamwork and commitment," Pratt andamp; Whitney President Shane Eddy said. "For more than 90 years, we have worked together to overcome challenges and find creative, mutually beneficial solutions."
"This beautiful larger facility marks the latest chapter in our shared commitment to providing customers with world-class MRO service and exemplifies the growing demand for GTF engines," Eddy said.Facility unveiling ceremony
GTF engines power over 1,400 aircraft with 64 operators across three aircraft groups. There have been more than 10,000 engine orders and commitments from over 90 customers. In order to keep up with the demand and growing fleet, the GTF MRO network is expanding over the world.
"Pratt andamp; Whitney is facing a steep ramp in MRO output this year and the coming years," said Rick Deurloo, President of Commercial Engines, Pratt andamp; Whitney. "Our GTF MRO Network is making significant investments to ensure our customers' needs remain our top focus and our overhaul services quickly return engines to service. Delta's new overhaul shop will significantly increase the number of engines they service each year."
The large new facility will allow for the ship to overhaul over 300 GTF engines per year. Delta Tech0ps has been in the GTF MRO Network since 2019 and inducted its first Pw1100G-JM engine in 2020 and the first PW1500G engine earlier this year, at the end of January in the new Atlanta facility.??GTF Engine
"Pratt andamp; Whitney GTF engines will not only power Delta's fleet of the future but many other commercial operators in the Americas and beyond," said Mahendra Nair, Delta Senior VP, TechOps Operations and Supply Chain. "The opening of this new facility will help us continue to provide dependable jobs and dependable engines for years to come."
Pratt andamp; Whitney powers over 260 aircraft in Delta's fleet. Out of those, 80 are either A220s or the A321neo. Delta Tech0ps provides additional offload support for Pratt andamp; Whitney's mature commercial engines, like the PW200 and the PW400-94 engines.
The current expansion of the GTF MRO network includes industry-leading MRO companies. There are 10 active GTF MRO engine centers active across the globe. The network is part of Pratt andamp; Whitney's EngineWise solutions, providing engine operators with aftermarket services for long-term and sustainable results.