Korean Air and P&W open world’s largest engine test facility in South Korea

The opening of the ETC (Engine Test Cell), represents the first phase of the ‘Plane-Engine Maintenance Center’ project with the second phase comprising the Engine Maintenance Plant which will enable total engine MRO services.

Cho Yang-ho Incheon Aviation Tech Co. LTD Korean Air P&W ratt & Whitney

One of the world’s largest and most advanced aero-engine test facility has opened in Korea – the Plane-Engine Maintenance Center operated by the Incheon Aviation Tech Co. LTD (IAT), which is a joint venture between Korean Air and aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W).

The opening of the ETC (Engine Test Cell), which is the first phase of the ‘Plane-Engine Maintenance Center’ project was celebrated on 8 June.

Hanjin Group chairman Cho Yang-ho said: “I appreciate the generous support of all the stakeholders who were involved in completing this engine test facility, which is equipped with the world’s best high-tech amenities. We are now fully prepared to perform the highest quality engine tests.”

Incheon Aviation Tech Co. Ltd was founded in December 2010, with 90 per cent invested by Korean Air and 10 per cent by P&W. It is the first Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) corporation in Korea, providing aircraft maintenance services, including but not limited to, assembly, disassembly, component repairs and performance testing of engines.

The ETC built by IAT is capable of testing the world’s largest engines with a thrust up to 150,000 pounds. The largest and most powerful commercial jet engine in operation is currently that of B777 aircraft, which have an extraordinary 115,000 pounds of thrust. The newly opened ETC can test supersized engines, as well as next generation engines being developed.

The second phase of the project is the construction of the Engine Maintenance Plant and once it is completed the business scope of the center will be further expanded to offer total engine MRO services.

Incheon-based Korean Air and IAT will work in partnership to promote the high-tech and high value engine MRO business and eventually establish an aerospace cluster in Yeongjong district in the Incheon Free Economic Zone.