Max Sieben Baucus, the U.S. ambassador to China, today visited Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Company Limited ("Pratt & Whitney Shanghai Engine Center"), a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and China Eastern Airlines that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to aircraft engines worldwide. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Shanghai Engine Center is a state-of-the-art facility with extensive part repair capacity, reducing engine overhaul costs and turnaround times. Pratt & Whitney, together with joint venture partner China Eastern Airlines, announced the opening of the high-tech and environmentally-efficient overhaul shop in 2009 as Pratt & Whitney's first engine center in China. The 23,000-square-meter (250,000-square-foot) facility meets the Platinum standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
"It was a great privilege for us to welcome Ambassador Baucus to inspect our LEED Platinum–certified facility today," said Roger Retana, general manager, Shanghai Engine Center. "The ambassador's visit celebrates our fifth anniversary and marks the beginning of a new era for growth in the years to come."
"Since Shanghai Engine Center's opening in 2009, the joint venture has achieved tremendous progress with nearly 400 deliveries of overhauled engines to both China Eastern and, increasingly, third-party clients in China and worldwide," Retana added.
During his visit, Mr. Baucus also attended a business update with leaders from Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and UTC Aerospace Systems units and met with joint venture partner China Eastern Airlines.
UTC has established long-term business relationships and partnerships with the Chinese aviation industry and provides comprehensive commercial aerospace products and world-class services (through its Chinese entities) for customers including AVIC, COMAC and China's airlines.
China has more than 1,200 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney's engines. CDB Leasing Co. Ltd. (CLC) of China will be the first recipient of Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® engines in mainland China. The PurePower engine offers cutting-edge technology, and provides double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions, noise and operating costs.
COMAC's C919 aircraft are equipped with six key systems of UTC Aerospace Systems.
Yunnan Jingcheng Group took delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter to operate in China. The aircraft is configured for transportation of corporate and government VIPs. Currently, more than 100 Sikorsky aircraft are operating in China, primarily supporting China's growing oil and gas industry.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, and small turbojet propulsion products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.