United Technologies arm opens training and maintenance centre at Hyderabad

The centre has been opened before Pratt & Whitney starts delivering 600 of its latest Geared Turbofan engines to IndiGo, GoAir and AirCosta

Hyderabad: Pratt & Whitney, an arm of United Technologies Corp, has opened a customer training centre at Hyderabad to facilitate maintenance of the aircraft engines it sells in India and neighbouring regions.

The centre has been opened before Pratt & Whitney starts delivering 600 of its latest Geared Turbofan ( GTF) engines to three airline operators—IndiGo, GoAir and AirCosta, by the end of this year. Airline operators can receive training in inspection and maintenance techniques at the centre.

This is the company’s third global training centre after the US and China. Aircraft maker Boeing Co. has projected that India would require 1,700 commercial airplanes over the next 20 years.

“We want to be close to where our (engine-powered) aircraft is. India is projected to see a tremendous growth considering that there are going to be 1,700 aircraft deliveries here. This makes it very attractive to be close to this kind of market," said Andrew Tanner, vice-president, Pratt & Whitney Customer Service.

The facility has the capacity to train 4,000 people per year. To begin with there would be 2,000 students, taking one week class per year for specialized trainings and general familiarization.

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