The MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Ltd., a joint venture of China Southern Airlines and MTU Munchen, has announced that it has awarded Pratt & Whitney Cenco a new contract worth over $13 million to design and build a jet engine test cell.
Construction is scheduled to be complete in early 2003. Once operational, MTU expects to overhaul up to 150 engines per year.
‘The test cell will be the heart of our overhaul shop for the next 15 to 20 years,’ said Walter Strakosch, president and chief executive officer of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Ltd. ‘We will start with V2500 and CFM56 engines, but we are sure this test cell will see big engines by the end of the decade.’
Initially the test cell – used to ensure that jet engines are running properly after being repaired – will accommodate engines that power the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.
Originally created in May, 2000, the MTU Maintenance Zhuhai Co. Ltd. is an engine maintenance joint venture created by China Southern Airlines and MTU Munchen.