MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and China Southern Airlines, will establish a second facility in the neighboring Jinwan district. Operations are expected to begin in 2024.
The Jinwan branch facility will have an initial annual capacity of 250 shop visits. The purchase of a 150,000 square meter plot of land has been agreed with local government and the project will soon enter the detailed planning and construction stages.
MTU Maintenance Zhuhai saw an impact on its figures in the second quarter, but the facility is now back operating at nearly 100 percent once more.
“We have made the decision to invest in an additional facility as we are confident of continued recovery in the Asian region and increasing growth and demand for narrowbody engine services moving forward,” said Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer at MTU Aero Engines.
The Jinwan Branch will focus on Pratt & Whitney narrowbody engines, have its own 65,000 lbf test cell and, according to current estimates, a workforce of around 600 qualified employees. The new site will also provide MRO to third party customers.
“Its close proximity to MTU Maintenance Zhuhai will enable significant knowledge transfer and synergies between the two facilities,” said Jaap Beijer, President and CEO of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, who will be managing the two sites upon completion. The new facility will operate under MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and its licenses and approvals.
The current MTU Maintenance Zhuhai shop performs 80 percent of parts repairs in-house. In addition to China Southern, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai serves over 70 customers from China, Asia and around the world, including International Aero Engines, Saudia Airlines and All Nippon Airways, as well as Chinese Shenzhen Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
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