April 12, 2018

Pratt taps CT manufacturers for expanded engine repair supplier chain

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A Pratt & Whitney employee works on one of the East Hartford company's jet engines.

East Hartford jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney said it has inked contracts with five new suppliers to provide maintenance on its geared turbofan (GTF) engines.

The new suppliers include Bloomfield-based Turbine Controls, South Windsor's TWIN Manufacturing Co., Manchester-based AdChem Manufacturing Technologies Inc., StandardAero and Lewis & Saunders.

They are joining a group other GTF maintenance, repair and overhaul providers including MTU Aero Engines, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation, Lufthansa Technik and Delta TechOps.

Heather Walton, a senior director of Pratt's aftermarket supply chain, said it's crucial for the company to expand its supply base as demand for GTF engine maintenance grows over the coming years.

"This is an important milestone in repair sourcing as these are the first third-party suppliers to join the GTF engine repair network," Walton said. "These suppliers have had long-term relationships with Pratt & Whitney and deliver a high level of responsiveness, exactly what we are looking for to support our repair network for the GTF engine for years to come."

The expansion comes after Pratt recently announced it has been selected by JetBlue Airways to provide its GTF engine to power an additional 45 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

The company said it will now provide a total of 85 GTF-powered aircraft, which include both A32neo and A321neo models. JetBlue previously ordered 40 GTF-powered A320neo aircraft.

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