9-Nov-2022 Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, announced that Shenzhen-based CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co., Ltd. (COHC) is expanding the scope of its designated maintenance services to provide line maintenance and mobile repair team support for the PW206B2 and PW206B3 engines that power Airbus H135B2/B3 helicopters, and the PW206C that powers the Leonardo AW109.
COHC was authorized as a Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in 2018 to provide PT6C-67C engine maintenance services for Leonardo AW139 helicopter customers. It has recently signed a contract with Leonardo for four AW139 helicopters, which will be utilized for offshore oil-and-gas production (OGP) operations. The deliveries will be completed by first half of 2023, expanding the Leonardo fleet operated by COHC to 10 helicopters with 8 AW139s, one AW169 and one AW109 all powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada helicopter engines.
To create more value for the Chinese growing aviation market, Pratt & Whitney Canada is committed to expanding its service network in the country, enhancing its service offerings and strengthening customer relationships.
“With the rapid growth of civilian helicopters in China, we strive to provide customers with tailored services to meet their diverse needs locally, and to support the sustainable development of the Chinese aviation industry,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “We have established an effective working relationship with COHC that helps us jointly ensure our customers’ fleet operations are well supported locally.”
“We are glad to be authorized by Pratt & Whitney Canada to expand our maintenance business to support a wider range of helicopter engines,” said Liu Jianxin, Vice President, COHC. “With our expertise and experience in engine maintenance, we are confident that we can continue to provide reliable and efficient services to bring greater value to our customers.”
Pratt & Whitney Canada has built one of the industry’s largest service networks around the world that offers personalized and local solutions to customers. The company has more than 50 owned and designated maintenance, overhaul and repair facilities, one Customer First (CFirst) Centre for 24/7/365 technical and logistic support, more than 10 owned and designated parts distribution centers and more than 100 Field Support Managers and Mobile Repair Team technicians situated around the globe. Full details of the Pratt & Whitney Canada global service network are available on the service network map at pwc.ca.
Powering Growth in China
Pratt & Whitney helps Chinese customers grow their business and ensure optimal operation of their fleet by providing a variety of engine maintenance programs, digital engine services, and innovative and cost-effective solutions to extend aircraft life. Since first powering the Loening Air Yacht in China more than 90 years ago, Pratt & Whitney has grown its presence in major cities across the country, with over 1,000 employees responsible for manufacturing, training, sales, and customer service. Today, more than 3,300 Pratt & Whitney engines and auxiliary power units are in service in China.